Optimal Care Pathways
The optimal care pathways describe a model of cancer care that puts the patient at the centre of care decisions. They describe a national standard of high-quality cancer care that all Australians should expect.
The optimal care pathways aim to improve patient outcomes through promoting quality cancer care and ensuring that all people diagnosed with cancer receive the best care, irrespective of where they live or receive cancer treatment.
They map the patient journey, provide an understanding of the whole pathway, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, to promote quality cancer care and improve patient experiences.
As Victoria’s cancer services improvement network, the Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) work with partner health services to address variations against the OCPs and improve the outcomes for patients.
The optimal care pathways are endorsed by Cancer Australia, the former National Cancer Expert Reference Group (a committee that reported to the former Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee and, through this committee, to the former Council of Australian Governments Health Council) and all states and territories.
The optimal care pathways have Australia-wide acceptance and government support. The optimal care pathways are being implemented nationally.
The optimal care pathways are available in their full version or as guides to best cancer care on the Cancer Council Victoria website.
Optimal Care Pathways
There are individual guides for 15 tumour streams and a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to facilitate the delivery of culturally safe and competent care.
Guides to best cancer care
These short guides are patient resources to help understand the optimal cancer care that should be provided at each step of the pathways.
Carers, family and friends may also find them helpful.
‘Guides to best cancer care ’ are available as PDFs in English, Plain English and translation into multiple languages.
I-PACED (Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis) resources
I-PACED highlight recommendations in the OCPs and provide information about prevention, early detection, initial investigation and referral pathways. These resources were developed with an aim to assist GPs about critical primary care points and the recommended care that should be offered. Refer to the resource cards for: