Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS) is one of nine Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) that were formed across Victoria in response to recommendations of the document ‘A cancer services framework for Victoria (2003). The ICS are funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and consist of three metropolitan, five regional and a state-wide paediatric ICS.
The GRICS program was implemented as a joint venture involving 16 health partners across the Gippsland region with Latrobe Regional Hospital acting as host agency. Under its governance structure, GRICS holds no direct authority over its member agencies, working instead to achieve improved service outcomes by fostering strong working relationships with its membership and stakeholders
Understanding the needs of people affected by cancer
Building and supporting collaboration between health professionals, health services and consumers
Driving quality improvement in cancer care
Supporting development of the cancer workforce
Facilitating system-wide engagement in cancer research
and outcomes by
connecting cancer care
and driving best practice.
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
Health Service Partners
GRICS is a joint venture involving health service providers across the Gippsland region. Under its governance structure, GRICS holds no direct authority over member agencies. GRICS works instead to promote service delivery improvements for regional cancer patients by fostering strong productive working relationships with its membership and other key stakeholders.
Member agencies of the GRICS network are:
Cancer in Gippsland
The Gippsland region is located in south eastern Victoria. Its geography covers over 18% of Victoria’s total landmass (41,538 square kilometres). The region stretches along the coast from the New South Wales & Victorian border in the far-east to Phillip Island in the west, Wilsons’ Promontory in the south to the mountains of The Great Dividing Range in the north. The Gippsland region comprises of the following six Local Government Areas (LGAs); Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.
Cancer is a leading burden of disease in Victoria; there are 96 new diagnoses every day (or one every 15 minutes).
• In 2018, 2165 incidents of newly diagnosed cancer were recorded for the Gippsland region.
• In 2018, 807 people died of cancer and the most common cancers in Gippsland were Genitourinary, Colorectal, Breast, Lung, and Skin (melanoma).
• The 65-69 age group represent the highest number of newly diagnosed with cancer across the 11 tumour streams in Gippsland.
• Men represented 55.6% of newly diagnosed patients compared to women 44.4% for the period 2014-2018 in Gippsland.
• Men represented 56.9% of deaths in Gippsland for the 2014-2018 period compared to women who accounted for 43.1% of deaths for the same period.
Cancer Treatment in Gippsland
Gippsland Cancer Care Centre
The Gippsland Cancer Care Centre (GCCC) based at Latrobe Regional Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care incorporating chemotherapy, radiotherapy, specialist consulting and support services.
It is a publically funded facility providing a comprehensive range of treatment options for Gippsland cancer patients. The purposefully designed facility provides access to state-of-the-art treatment technology ensuring patients are able to receive the best possible treatment while remaining close to their home, family and friends.
For more information on the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre please click on the following link: Gippsland Cancer Care Centre
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House
The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House is a community owned facility that provides safe, supportive and affordable accommodation to patients/families of the GCCC.
For more information on Centenary House please call (03) 5171 1600 or click on the following link: Gippsland Rotary Centenary House
Gippsland Radiation Oncology provides radiation oncology services as part of the GCCC located at Latrobe Regional Hospital. Gippsland Radiation Oncology main reception is contactable by ringing (03) 5173 8770.
Gippsland Radiation Oncology is a satellite service of the Alfred Hospital located in Melbourne. For more information on the Gippsland Radiation Oncology centre and its range of patient services please click on the following link: Gippsland Radiation Oncology
Chemotherapy is available at six Gippsland health services. For more information on the range of chemotherapy treatments at each health service please click on the following links or alternately contact the Hospital Oncology Units main reception.
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service: Oncology Unit – (03) 5150 3327
Central Gippsland Health: Oncology Unit – (03) 5143 8600
Gippsland Southern Health Service: Oncology Unit – (03) 5667 5555
Latrobe Regional Hospital: Oncology Unit – (03) 5173 8000
West Gippsland Healthcare Group: Oncology Unit – (03) 5623 0611
Bass Coast Health: Main reception – (03) 5671 3333