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Multidisciplinary Team Meetings 

A cancer multidisciplinary team meeting (MDM) is a purposeful, consistent meeting, involving a range of health professionals with expertise in the diagnosis and management of cancer, with the purpose of facilitating best-practice management of all newly diagnosed patients. The meetings provide a forum which promotes open communication between clinicians across the spectrum of healthcare professions in the formulation, development and implementation of individualised treatment plans for cancer patients across the region.

 

The following multidisciplinary team meetings are currently held in Gippsland, a combined Skin, Breast, Upper GI and Colorectal, and tumour specific Lung and Lymphoma. There is also a meeting dedicated to discussing patients with advanced disease. These meetings are hosted by the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre. 
 

Local clinicians including surgeons, medical oncologist, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, specialist nurses and allied health professionals support the Gippsland meetings. The meetings are accessible via various mediums and we are also very fortunate that we are able to access expertise from various specialist metropolitan services via video and teleconferencing and more recently, due to the current COVID-19 conditions, an online virtual platform. 
 

Links and further information

MDM Meeting Schedule
To view the Gippsland MDM Meetings Schedule for 2020, please click on the link:

MDM Meetings Schedule 2020

 

MDM Patient Information Brochure
MDM Consumer Information Brochures are available for you to provide to your patients prior to discussion by following this link:

MDC Patient information Brochure 2018

 

Further information
For more information on Multidisciplinary Care please click on the following link:

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: Multidisciplinary Care
 

MDM Referrals
The CANMAP Management System is used to support Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDM). CANMAP is a web-based system designed specifically for the management and administration of the meetings. Referrals can be made online via this website at the portal:
MDM Referral: Online

 

For further information on MDM Patient Referrals please contact the appropriate administrator”
•    Skin, Breast, Upper GI and Colorectal – Nicole Vincent on (03) 5173 8575 or Jackie Dalrymple, Cancer Care Nurse, on (03) 5173 8857
•    Lymphoma and Advanced Disease – Samantha Beattie on (03) 5128 0138
•    Lung – Michelle Pryce on (03) 5128 0147

 

 
GRICS Scholarship Program

The GRICS Scholarship Program is available to Gippsland health professionals who wish to further their professional development in cancer care. Applicants wishing to apply must ensure their preferred Continuing Professional Development activity supports one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Multidisciplinary Care;

  • Care Coordination;

  • Supportive Care; and

  • Reducing Unwanted Variation in Care.


GRICS Scholarship Program is available from 1 July until 30 June each financial year, subject to annual funding received from the Department Health & Human Services and approval from the GRICS Governance Group.

 

 

Applicants who have applied for scholarship funding in previous years are welcome to again apply. Please note applications will not be accepted to fund the same activity applied for the previous year.

 

Completed forms can be submitted by one of the following means:

Mail: 

GRICS Cancer Care Centre (Level 1)
Latrobe Regional Hospital
P O Box 424
Traralgon VIC 3844

 

Fax: (03) 5173 8198

Email: gricswebsite@lrh.com.au 

 

For more information on the GRICS Scholarship Program please contact GRICS on 03 5128 0138.

 
Gippsland Cancer Service Mapping - Referral Pathways

GRICS have initiated the development of service maps to enhance cancer referral pathways for Clinicians and General Practitioners. These maps provide access information on services currently provided across Gippsland.  The pathways have been developed for each of the Gippsland chemotherapy sites – Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Central Gippsland Health, Latrobe Regional Hospital, West Gippsland Healthcare Group and Gippsland Southern Health Service, with plans to extend the maps to other health services in our region.

 

The service maps contain information relating to which Physicians, Surgeons, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Day Oncology Units, Palliative Care and Cancer Care Nurses (where applicable) are appropriate for individual tumour streams.

 

To date GRICS have completed the Lung, Colorectal, Prostate, Oesophagogastric, Cervical, Breast, Pancreatic, Melanoma and Head and Neck cancer service maps with plans underway to develop pathways for additional tumour streams.  The PDF’s were updated in September 2020 and will continue to be updated as information and resources change.

LUNG CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

CERVICAL CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

PANCREATIC CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

BREAST CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

PROSTATE CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

MELANOMA CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

OESOPHAGOGASTRIC CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

HEAD & NECK CANCER

*Revised 7-9-20

 
 
Febrile Neutropenia and Immunotherapy Related Adverse Events

Febrile Neutropenia

 

All patients presenting with fever following chemotherapy are at risk of neutropenic sepsis.

 

For management guidelines please refer to the EviQ website under Immediate Management of Neutropenic Fever. 

Immunotherapy Related Adverse Events (IRAES)

 

Immunotherapies used for cancer treatment are designed to elicit &/or amplify an immune response to help fight tumour growth and spread.

 

Immunotherapy can also cause the immune system to attack normal organs and tissue which can be associated with immune related adverse reactions that involve the lungs, intestines, liver, kidneys, hormone glands, and other organs, as well as infusion-related reactions.

 

Early diagnosis and appropriate management are essential to minimise these effects. For further information on IRAES on EviQ.

The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services are supported by the Victorian Government 

© 2020 Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service