Multidisciplinary care is a collaborative approach to treatment planning and ongoing care throughout the treatment pathway. Multidisciplinary care aims to ensure that members of the treatment and care team can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon the patient’s care.
Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDM)
Cancer Patients are routinely referred to Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDM) in Bendigo, Mildura or other sites including Melbourne. These are regularly scheduled meetings of core and invited team members for the purpose of prospective treatment and care planning of newly diagnosed cancer patients as well as those requiring review of treatment plans or palliative care.
The following meetings are held regularly: (TBC)
Bendigo Breast and Colorectal (weekly)
Bendigo Genitourinary (fortnightly)
Bendigo Head, Neck and Skin (monthly)
Bendigo Haematology (fortnightly)
Bendigo Thoracic (weekly)
Mildura General (fortnightly)
Metro Regional Directory
This resource pack provides practical information for regional patients and their families who have to go to Melbourne tertiary hospitals for cancer treatment.
GP Referral Guide for suspected cancer
LMICS collaborating with Murray Primary Health Network has developed a simple referral guide for Central Victorian GPs to identify which tests to order and which referrals to make for patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of cancer. Local treatment pathways are provided for the ten most common cancer types.
The Guide includes:
GP-led investigations required for the suspected cancer type
Symptoms to include in referrals
Identifying services located in region and which visit the region plus the most common metropolitan referral pathways for each cancer type, based on government data available to LMICS
Contact details for the most common public and private referral pathways for patients in Central Victoria region (including practitioners and locations)
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GP Oncology Hotline
GPs can speak directly to a Medical Oncologist between the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday, if you are a GP who refers cancer patients to Bendigo Health.
If you need an opinion regarding a time critical clinical decision or urgent referral guidelines for suspected cancer please call 5454 8890. At all other times, when seeking clinical advice, ring Bendigo Health switchboard on 5454 6000 and ask for the Oncology Registrar.
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The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services acknowledge 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 celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.