Multidisciplinary Meetings

Multidisciplinary Meetings

 

Multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs) bring different health professionals from the Grampians region together to discuss the best treatment for each patient who has a diagnosis of cancer. Download a copy of the Victorian Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting Quality Framework to find out more.

Ballarat MDM

Submissions close one week prior to the MDM

 

Late case submission - Ballarat

  • Contact stephanie.verhey@bhs.org.au or phone (03) 5320 6772

  • You will need to contact the relevant pathologist and radiologist to ask to add the patient to the list.

 

Contacts for Ballarat 

Nicole Ward

MDM Administration Officer

Email: stephanie.verhey@bhs.org.au

Phone: 03 5320 6772  

Wimmera MDM’s


The Wimmera MDM’s are currently on hold at present and staff are reviewing when meetings will recommence. A calendar of meetings will be made available once the review has been finalised.

 

Contact for Wimmera

Carmel O’Kane

MDM Coordinator 

Email:Carmel.O’Kane@whcg.org.au

Phone: 03 5381 9087 or 0427 811 269

 
GICS Grants Program

GICS are very pleased to announce the following recipients of funding from the 2020 Grants Program with work to commence in the near future and be completed over the next 12 months.

Congratulations to our successful 2020 Grants Program recipients:


Scoping Projects

 

  • Kerry McKenzie, Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with Ballarat Hospice

Peer Support for Carers of Cancer Patients receiving Palliative Care

  • Paula Noble, Stawell Regional Health

Scoping Home-Based Cancer Care

 

Service Improvement Projects

 

  • Jessica Seater, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre 

Intra-infusion Exercise in the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) Chemotherapy Day Unit - A Pilot Study

  • Mervyn Quai-Hoi, Ballarat Austin Radiation Oncology Centre

Understanding patient experience to co-design an optimal referral management system

  • Sarah McKinnon, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre 

Virtual Why Wait for Wellness Program Evaluation & Regional Expansion: Enhancing early access to health education and support for oncology patients in the Grampians region


GICS will be running subsequent grants programs, the first to be launched early 2022 for Scoping Projects and an additional round mid 2022 for Service Improvement Projects.  


Contact the GICS Program Manager on 0408 225 331 or kerry.davidson@bhs.org.au for further information.

 
Education

A range of face to face and distance learning education options are available to meet the Grampians region workforce need.

Cancer Care for Older People


Older people with cancer are the largest group affected. They are a diverse and growing group. Their appropriate care, during and beyond cancer, is an emerging field in cancer worldwide. Older people are identified in the Optimal Care Pathways as a 'special needs group' due to the complexity of care. The issue spoke well to the 22nd CNSA conference theme of 'The Complexity of Cancer Care: What will the future of cancer nursing look like?'. The CNSA Victorian State Group also identified care of the older person with cancer as an education priority. With sponsorship from the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services, a pre-congress symposium was held on June 20, 2019. The symposium report is available here.

Other learning opportunities:




Self-Directed Learning


The revised CVAD self-directed learning package is now available for FREE for staff in the Grampians region!

The package provides participants with the opportunity to explore and examine the foundations of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the management of PICCS, PORTs and Hickman catheters.

This package is relevant to all nurses who care for these devices.

The package can be found here includes the following:

  • An introduction into CVADs, including key principles of care
  • Implanted venous ports - PORTs
  • Tunnelled catheters - Hickman's
  • Non-tunnelled catheters - PICCs
  • Complications and troubleshooting

You can also find the eviQ Assesment tool templates below:

Need more cancer education information?

Robyn McIntyre

Clinical Nurse Educator - Oncology

Centre for Education and Training - Ballarat Health Services

P: (03) 5320 4797

E: robynmc@bhs.org.au




Online Education


National Education Framework Cancer Nursing

The National Education Framework Cancer Nursing (EdCan) and a suite of online learning resources were developed as part of the Australian Government's Strengthening Cancer Care initiative.

The resources are directed at nurses; however, they are available for all health care professionals.

The online resources are free to access and include:

  • Case based learning topics such as colorectal cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, oesophageal cancer, osteosarcoma and lymphoma.
  • Treatment or care based topics on multidisciplinary care. supportive care and supportive care screening, cancer survivorship, treatment planning and detailed modules related to treatment modalities, oncology basics for beginners, cancer biology and population health concepts in cancer.

Further information is on the EdCan website .

eviQ Education

The cancer eLearning resources for health professionals, eviQEd, provides medical, nursing, allied health and general ward staff with blended learning courses that standardise and promote evidence based practice when caring for patients with a cancer diagnosis.

The online resources are free, online registration is required for all participants.

Topics include:




Face to Face Education


Regional cancer and palliative care education for the Grampians region is provided through:

Grampians Regional Health Collaborative

Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team

  • Ongoing education available to all health care professionals working in Palliative Care

Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Education for primary care health professionals:

Ballarat Health Services - Education Programs

Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing - Oncology

Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Ballarat Health Services have partnered to deliver the post graduate certificate in clinical nursing oncology in the Grampians region.

Two foundation units are delivered online through ACU and two clinical nursing units are delivered at Ballarat Health Services. Clinical placements can be facilitated at the student's employing health facility or at Ballarat Health Services.

Please visit for further information or apply online via the ACU website.





Need more cancer education information?

Robyn McIntyre - Cancer Nurse Educator

Centre for Education and Training - Ballarat Health Services

P: (03) 5320 4797

E: robynmc@bhs.org.au

 

Cancer Council Victoria Education

Cancer Council education and training offers a Cancer Education Program for facilitators which includes:

  • Wellness and life after cancer program

Note facilitators must complete the Living with Cancer Program before registering for this program.

 

Communication skills program - Contact vccp@cancervic.org.au

 

Allied Health Cancer Education

Edith Cowan University offers the Exercise for the Management of Cancer Life Now instructor course.

 

The Australian Catholic University offer a variety of events.

 
Grampians Cancer Data Access

GICS is able to supply data to health services (including list of UR numbers) for the purposes of informing service delivery and opportunities for improvement, demand and gap analysis, and for research purposes (provided appropriate ethics approval has been granted). 

This represents an exciting opportunity, and will enable health services to better meet the demands of people affected by cancer in this region.  It will also enable more timely review of service performance in relation to delivery of cancer care. 

GICS has developed the Grampians Cancer Data Access Policy and Data Analysis Request Form to enable health care professionals working in the Grampians Region to apply for data and analysis reports - refer below:

 
Wimmera Southern Mallee Cancer Resource Nurse

Cancer Resource Nurses (CRNs) are local health professionals who are trained to offer supportive care to people affected by cancer in their own area. They can refer people with cancer to the right services as close to home as possible and offer support and information. CRNs are now located in most Wimmera Southern Mallee health services.

People travel around the Grampians region and beyond for cancer treatment.  Brochures and a ready-reference map make finding a local Cancer Resource Nurse easier than ever and have been distributed to cancer services throughout the region, to help cancer service staff refer patients from the Wimmera Southern Mallee area back to their local Cancer Resource Nurse.

The introduction of telehealth via Health Direct, a web-based portal, can link CRNs and their patients to Carmel O'Kane, Oncology Nurse Practitioner and/or their Medical Oncologist in the comfort of their own home. This new service aims to reduce the travel burden of regional cancer patients during their ongoing cancer treatment and care.

Cancer Resource Nurses

Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital

(Edenhope, Apsley and Harrow)

Address: Elsie Bennett Centre, cnr Lake & Mollison Street, Edenhope 3318

Phone: 5585 9845

Email: crn@edmh.org.au

 

Edenhope Hospital Medical Clinic

Address: Edenhope Hospital Medical Clinic, 119 Lake Street, Edenhope 3318

Phone: 5585 9888

Email: crn@edmh.org.au

 

West Wimmera Health Service

(Nhill, Jeparit, Kaniva, Rainbow, Goroke, Natimuk)

Address: 43-51 Nelson Street, Nhill 3418

Phone: 03 5391 4222

Email: crn@wwhs.net.au

 

Minyip Campus

Address: 23-25 Church Street, Minyip 3392

Phone: 03 5363 1200

Email: crn@wwhs.net.au

 

Murtoa Campus

Address: 28 Marma Street, Murtoa 3390

Phone: 03 5363 0400

Email: crn@wwhs.net.au

 

Wimmera Health Care Group (Horsham Campus)

Day Oncology Unit

Address: 83 Baillie Street, Horsham, 3400

Phone: 03 5381 9169

Email: chemotherapy@whcg.org.au

 
Wimmera Cancer Care Closer to Home

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Alliance (WSMHA) has been successful in receiving funding from the Victorian Telehealth Specialists Clinics Funding for the 'Wimmera Cancer Telehealthcare' project. 

Wimmera Health Care Group, Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital, Rural Northwest Health and West Wimmera Health Service will build on the success of the 2016 and 2017 Oncology Specialists Clinics enabling patients outside of Horsham, the choice to have their oncology consultation at their local health service if appropriate. 

The work will also extend to Melbourne working with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) to develop telehealth-enabled models of care for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  This will enable both scheduled pre-chemo review appointments, and unplanned consultations to quickly address significant treatment side effects.

The WHCG Cancer Nurse Practitioner and WSMHA Project Officer will work closely with key staff across the Wimmera and at the PMCC during the project, bringing cancer care closer to home.  The aim is to be able to scale the approach to other regions and cancer specialties across Victoria.

Contact

For further information contact:

 

Carmel O'Kane

Manager - Wimmera Cancer Centre

cokane@whcg.org.au

Ph: 5381 9087

 
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Ballarat Health Services 

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Email:    GICS@bhs.org.au
Phone:  (03) 5320 4782

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