About GRICS

The Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS) is one of Victoria’s nine Integrated Cancer Services, known collectively as the Victorian Integrated Cancer Service (VICS).  The VICS comprise three metropolitan, five regional services and a state-wide paediatric service.  The VICS are funded by the Victorian Department of Health with Governance structures set locally to guide service improvement and collaborative work for each VICS.

GRICS is guided by a Governance Group that is a partnership of 16 Gippsland public, private and community health services as well as the Gippsland Primary Health Network, and work to positively impact cancer outcomes for patients in Gippsland.  GRICS achieves this by fostering strong working relationships with partner organisations and stakeholders and undertaking projects that will ensure best practice cancer service delivery within the region.

Our Mission
•    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
 

 Our Vision

Improving
patient experiences
and outcomes by
connecting cancer care
and driving best practice.

Strategic Goals 

 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, 28% of all deaths in Victoria were caused by cancer; there are 98 new diagnoses every day (or one every 15 minutes).

  • In 2019, 2216 incidents of newly diagnosed cancer were recorded for the Gippsland region.

  • In 2019, 813 people died of cancer and the most common cancers in Gippsland were Genitourinary, Colorectal, Breast, Lung, and Upper Gastro-intestinal.

  • The 65-69 age group represent the highest number of newly diagnosed with cancer across the 11 tumour streams in Gippsland for the period 2015 - 2019.

  • Men represented 56.3% of newly diagnosed patients compared to women 43.7% for the period 2015-2019 in Gippsland.

  • Men represented 57.4% of deaths in Gippsland for the 2015-2019 period compared to women who accounted for 42.6% of deaths for the same period.

For further information on data in Gippsland, please contact Jody Neal (Cancer Data & Information Analyst) on 5128 0139 or send an email using the button below:

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

 

Radiotherapy
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

 

ChemotherapyChemotherapy is available at six Gippsland health services. For more information on the range of chemotherapy treatments at each health service please contact the hospital oncology units via the numbers below:

 

  • 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

 
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The GRICS Team
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Dr Sachin Joshi

GRICS Clinical Director

Contact Details:

03 5173 8762

Ask me about:

Please contact GRICS for all enquiries.

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Stewart Harper

GRICS Program Manager

Contact Details:

03 5128 0059

Ask me about:

The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services, the GRICS program of work, how GRICS can support your team to identify and implement service improvement initiatives.

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Michelle Pryce

Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator

Contact Details:

03 5128 0147

Ask me about:

Multidisciplinary care; Psycho-oncology; OCPs - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander; Ophelia - health literacy; Education portfolio; Palliative care; Supportive care; Survivorship.

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Marnie Flowers

Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator

Contact Details:

03 5128 0075

Ask me about:

OCPs – Lymphoma, Lung and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with cancer; GRICS Website

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Emily Capaldo

Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator

Contact Details:

03 5128 0137

Ask me about:

OCPs - Head & Neck - Allied Health Education; Referral pathways; Palliative care; Supportive care; Survivorship; Oncology nurse education.

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Hayley Hall

Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator

Contact Details:

03 5173 8086

Ask me about:

OCPs - Colorectal and Skin Cancer; Consumer portfolio; Service improvement grants; Ophelia - health literacy.

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Jody Neal

Cancer Data & Information Analyst

Contact Details:

03 5128 0139

Ask me about:

Data requests; Data audits & analysis.

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Renee Jones

Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator

Contact Details:

03 5173 8086

Ask me about:

OCPs – Brain and Lymphoma; VHES; Psycho oncology.

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Samantha Beattie

Administration Officer

Contact Details:

03 5128 0138

Ask me about:

Any general enquiries; Scholarship applications; Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDMs); Website queries; GRICS events.

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Chloe McAinch

Regional MDM Project Officer

Contact Details:

03 5128 0136

Ask me about:

Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDMs).

 
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Contact Us
 

GRICS
Level 1, Cancer Care Centre
Latrobe Regional Hospital
PO Box 424
Traralgon VIC 3844

Phone: (03) 5128 0138

Fax: (03) 5173 8198

Email: gricswebsite@lrh.com.au

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.