The philosophy of an integrated cancer service is that hospitals and primary and community health services develop integrated care and defined referral pathways for the populations they serve.
This requires effective collaboration between hospitals and community-based services, including general practitioners. This will promote more effective local coordination of care for cancer patients, and a more rational, evidence-based approach to cancer service planning and delivery.
The Murray Primary Health Network (MPHN) has a monthly newsletter that is a great tool for health professionals to access. Click here to access.
This resource is currently being finalised and will be available to GPs shortly.
This simple guide has been developed by the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service (LMICS) and Murray Primary Health Network based on Cancer Council Victoria and Australia publications such as the Optimal Care Pathways and I-PACED cards. The goal is to assist GPs rapidly identify which tests to order and which referrals to make for patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of cancer. The top ten tumour groups, and location of treatment.
The guide includes: Symptoms to include in referrals, GP led investigations required and contact details for the most common referral pathway for patients in Central Victoria region. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to recommend a change to this directory.
GPs can speak directly to a Medical Oncologist between the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday-Friday, if you are a GP who refers cancer patients to Bendigo Health.
If you need an opinion regarding a time critical clinical decision or urgent referral guidelines for suspected cancer please call 5454 8890. Please click here to see the GP Oncology Hotline Postcard.
Over seventy GPs and Practice Nurses attended the Bendigo Cancer Centre in September 2019 for a dynamic night of interactive education and networking.
The event included a keynote presentation by Dr Rob Blum and various interactive learning stations. The key theme was on the importance of GPs and Cancer Clinicians working together to facilitate the best outcomes for patients.
Alongside developing relationships with Cancer Clinicians which forms the basis of comfortable and valuable two way communication, key take home messages related to GPs recognising red flag symptoms, sending appropriate referrals that contain an accurate clinical history, red flags (especially with symptom combination), results of any investigations and also a comment about what the GP is requesting and what they suspect.