Our Vision & Strategic Priorities
Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service (HRICS) is one of nine Integrated Cancer Services in Victoria, working in partnership with health services to promote coordinated planning, system integration and improvement of cancer services across their respective regions.
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
Mr Mark Ashcroft (Chair), Chief Executive Officer, Beechworth Health
VACANT (Deputy Chair)
Dr Craig Underhill, Ovens Murray Region, Network Clinical Director
Dr Javier Torres, Goulburn Region, Network Clinical Director
Ms Donna Sheringham Executive Director Clinical Operations GV Health
Ms Libby Fifis, Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Heath Wangaratta
Ms Patricia Collier, Chair, Goulburn Cancer Services Advisory Committee
Ms Lynsey Blackshaw, Regional Lead, Murray PHN
Ms Carmel Hurley, Representative Department of Health & Human Services
Ms Annie Williams, Program Manager, Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service
Mr Brendan Foley, General Manager, GenesisCare
Ms Sheryl Keir, Chief Executive Officer, Ramsay Health Care
Mr Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer, Albury Wodonga Health
Ms Diane Davey, Operations Manager, Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
Mr Rhys Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Shepparton Private Hospital
Cancer care in our region
HRICS is located in Northeast Victoria and supports a wide catchment that extends from Southern New South Wales (NSW) to the northern growth corridor of metropolitan Melbourne.
Unique in its cross-border structure, HRICS is comprised of two clinical networks: Ovens Murray and Goulburn. The combined population for the HRICS primary catchment area is over 330,000.
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Get Involved - Become a Consumer Representative
Is it for me?
Have you or your loved ones had any experience of cancer care in southern Melbourne?
We welcome anyone with experience of cancer whether as a patient or a carer.
We value your experience and greatly appreciate peoples’ willingness to work with us to improve services.
What can I do?
You can join, attend or participate in any of the following:
• a consumer reference group
• strategic direction and
• focus groups
• conferences and education forums
• consumer networks:
- Information dissemination
- capacity building
• committee memberships:
- ICS Governance
- Project steering
- Tumour group
• peer support
How we support you
However you choose to be involved, we will support you along the way.
Contact us if you have any questions.
Consumer roles are voluntary with training and ongoing support provided.
As a consumer, I've enjoyed opportunities to contribute to online events and become involved in a grant allocation process.
Being a Consumer Adviser has given me a place where I can make meaning of my Cancer experience
It is one way to provide positive feedback to providers, and seek better treatment options and understanding of people with breast cancer.
To improve the experience and outcomes for people with cancer and their families, HRICS has well formed partnerships with Health Services across the Hume Region.
We continue to build relationships with private hospitals and providers, pathology and imaging services, primary care networks and in research to improve service integration and coordination through care that is multidisciplinary, supportive and responsive to the needs of communities across the region.
Our partner health organisations are: