Our Vision & Strategic Priorities
Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service (BSWRICS) is one of nine Integrated Cancer Services in Victoria, working in partnership with health services to promote coordinated planning, system integration and improvement of cancer services across their respective regions.
BSWRICS undertakes its role by consulting and collaborating with regional health partners and consumers. Our work is governed by a Governance Committee comprising key regional stakeholders from the public and private sector. A Clinical Advisory Group provides multidisciplinary clinical advice in relation to BSWRICS initiatives. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding between health service providers across the Barwon South West region guides the collaborative effort towards cancer service improvement.
and outcomes by
connecting cancer care
and driving best practice.
Strategic Goals 2017 - 2020
A Networked Cancer Care System
Link services involved in cancer care (across all sectors including cancer centres, health services, community organisations) and work with these health services and health professionals to align priorities
Strengthen linkages between metropolitan and regional cancer service providers
Engage consumers and communities in the work of the ICS
High Quality Cancer Care
Implement the Optimal Care Pathways including improvements to multidisciplinary care, supportive care and care coordination
Analyse available data and information of relevant clinical evidence/innovation and disseminate it to drive quality improvement
Support providers to apply cost-benefit considerations to care/service planning and delivery
Continue state-wide tumour summits to drive consistent cancer care across tumour streams
Continue to drive improvements in the patient experience of cancer care
Continue to support workforce development initiatives
Research Informed Cancer Care System
Encourage providers to participate in clinical trials programs
Support health services research
Foster robust evaluation of cancer programs, models of care and ICS initiatives
Cancer in our region
The BSWRICS catchment covers approximately 33,000 square kilometres, stretching from the tip of the Queenscliff Heads across to the South Australian Border. It is home to Geelong, Victoria's largest provincial urban centre, and a number of significant regional towns including Hamilton, Portland, Colac and Warrnambool. The current population of the Barwon South West region is recorded at 380,000. We have ten sites providing cancer care:
Icon Cancer Centre – Geelong and Warrnambool
St John of God Health Care - Geelong & Warrnambool
Colac Area Health
Western District Health Service
South West Healthcare - Warrnambool & Camperdown
Portland District Health
To improve the experience and outcomes for people with cancer and their families, BSWRICS has well formed partnerships with Health Services across the Barwon South Western region.
We continue to build relationships with private hospitals and providers, pathology and imaging services, primary care networks and in research to improve service integration and coordination through care that is multidisciplinary, supportive and responsive to the needs of communities across the region.
Our partner health organisations are:
The BSWRICS Governance Committee provides leadership and vision for the development of cancer services in the Barwon South Western region. The Governance Committee meets quarterly and its membership consists of senior executive, operational and clinical representatives of regional health services, and consumer representation.
Meet The Team
The BSWRICS team is committed to the values and vision of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services. To learn more about our team and how to contact us visit the Our Team page.
The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services are supported by the Victorian Government
The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.
We are committed to safe and inclusive work places, policies and services for people of LGBTIQ communities and their families.