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. 

 Our Vision

patient experiences
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

Our Region

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:

  • Barwon Health

  • Epworth Geelong

  • 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

Our Partners

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:

Western District Health Service
Dartmoor And District Bush Nursing Centre
Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre
South West Healthcare
St John of God Warrnambool Hospital
St John of God Geelong Hospital
Moyne Health Services
Portland District Health
Icon Cancer Centre
Heywood Rural Health
casterton memorial hospital
Colac Area Health
Epworth Geelong - Epworth HealthCare
Great Ocean Road Health
Barwon Health

Governance Committee

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.

Contact Us


70 Swanston Street

Geelong VIC Australia 3220


Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service

c/o Andrew Love Cancer Centre

70 Swanston Street

Geelong VIC Australia 3220


03 4215 0459




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 

© 2020 Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service

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.