Our Vision & Strategic Priorities
Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service (BSWRICS) is one of nine Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) in Victoria, working in partnership with health services and consumers to promote coordinated planning, system integration and improvement of cancer services across their respective regions. The ICS activity supports the achievement of three of the five goals stated in the Victorian Cancer Plan, namely that:
Victorians know their risk and have cancers detected earlier;
Victorians with cancer have timely access to optimal treatment; and
Victorians with cancer and their families live well.
BSWRICS will achieve the vision by:
understanding the needs to people affected by cancer;
building and supporting collaboration between health professionals, health services and consumers;
driving quality improvement in cancer;
supporting the development of the cancer workforce; and
facilitating system-wide engagement in cancer research.
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.
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 440,000. We have ten sites providing cancer care:
Colac Area Health
Icon Cancer Centre - Geelong & Warrnambool
Portland District Health
South West Healthcare - Warrnambool & Camperdown
St. John of God Hospitals - Geelong & Warrnambool
Western District Health Service
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, 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:
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 acknowledge 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 celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.