The nationally endorsed Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs) outline key principles for evidence based and best practice care at key points along the cancer patient journey, providing a framework to assess and improve cancer care throughout the health system. They underpin the activities of the ICS in demonstrating and improving the provision of optimal cancer care. The OCPs are available in a detailed clinical version and as a quick reference guide for clinicians. DHHS has implemented a program in conjunction with ICS and PHNs to implement 2-3 pathways each year.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis and navigating one’s way through the health system is not always easy. A lot can happen very quickly when you’re diagnosed with cancer. Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) are a framework for the delivery of consistent, safe, high-quality and evidence-based care for people with cancer. Linked to the Optimal Care Pathways are a suite of consumer resources to support people with cancer called What to Expect guides. The guides can help you make sense of what should happen. They will help you with what questions to ask your health professionals to make sure you receive the best care at every step. The guides outline the best cancer care for specific tumour types and can be found at http://www.cancerpathways.org.au
Patients and their families can use the What To Expect guides to better understand the cancer care pathway through the often-complex health system. The guides have been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia.