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About Us

The North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) is one of nine Victorian Integrated Cancer Services(VICS) working in partnership with health services to facilitate coordinated and high quality cancer care, system integration and collaboration across their geographical areas.  

 

The VICS have common responsibilities for implementation locally of key areas of the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020 - 2024 and the adoption of the optimal cancer care pathways.

NEMICS undertakes its role by consulting and collaborating with consumers, public and private health services, general practitioners, the community health sector and our funders, the Department of Health and Human Services.

 Our Vision

Improving

patient experiences

and outcomes by

connecting cancer care

and driving best practice.

 
Our Region

NEMICS region covers the local government areas of Banyule, Boroondara, Darebin, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges. It is home to approximately 1.5 million people (ABS 2018).

 

NEMICS has one of the fastest growing local government areas (LGAs) in Whittlesea, which grew 27.5% over the last 5 years, and one of the areas of the greatest reduction in population in the Mill Park area in north eastern outskirts. 

The NEMICS population is 31% of the Greater Melbourne population and 23% of the Victorian population.
CMYK - NEMICS North Eastern Metropolitan
 
Partner Organisations

NEMICS network partners are four public health services: AustinEastern and Northern Health and Mercy Hospital for Women. These organisations are joined by a memorandum of understanding and provide governance for the network.

 

Private hospitals are an important part of the cancer care system. Across Victoria as many as 50% of cancer patients receive care in a private hospital. 10% of patients receive care in both public and private health services in a single year.

 

The private hospitals providing care to residents of the NEMICS region are:

 

NEMICS is also building relationships with other providers of cancer care. These organisations include Primary Health NetworksPalliative Care ConsortiaPrimary Care Partnerships, research institutions and private providers of specialist care, such as radiotherapy.

 
Our Structure

Our work is governed by a Governance Committee and Consumer Reference Group.

 

Governance Committee

The NEMICS Governance Committee provides leadership and vision. Its key role is to support and provide oversight for the development and ongoing operations of NEMICS. It promotes and facilitates a sustainable model for collaboration and partnership between our stakeholders to achieve policy and strategic goals.

 

The Committee is comprised of health service CEOs, consumer and primary care representatives, and senior clinical and management representatives from each participating health service.

Current membership:

Consumer Reference Group

The Consumer Reference Group (CRG) is a key component of NEMICS governance structure. The (CRG) comprises nine people, each whom have a personal cancer experience and a passion to help improve outcomes for people living with cancer in this region.

 

Established in 2011, the CRG provides an opportunity for members to contribute to the decision-making process about service improvement initiatives overseen by NEMICS.  This is achieved by:

  • Providing advice to the NEMICS program office and Governance Committee regarding:

    • Issues and priorities that would improve cancer services for people living within the NEMICS region

    • Identifying strategies and initiatives to improve cancer services within the NEMICS region from a consumer perspective

 

  • Planning, developing and assisting the implementation of consumer driven quality improvement projects. Projects will be identified by the Consumer Reference Group in response to an identified need and approved by the NEMICS program office.

 

Learn more about the work NEMICS consumers are involved with:

  • A Common Path - cancer support advice videos

  • A Common Path – cancer support advice podcasts

  • Community Ambassador Program

  • My Cancer Care Record

Current Membership:

“The cancer health system is a confusing place for consumers on entry and during treatment. No one enters this system voluntarily.  Through my involvement as a health consumer representative and advocate, I hope to improve the experience and health outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.”


Cindy Schultz-Ferguson - NEMICS Consumer Reference Group member

 
Our Team

Please note that we are currently working offsite during COVID-19. All staff are contactable via email or general queries can be sent to nemicsadmin@austin.org.au

Name

A/Prof Paul Mitchell

Clinical Director

Contact Details:

03 9496 9924

Ask me about:

Please contact NEMICS staff for all queries

Name

Ms Katherine Simons

Program Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 3322

Ask me about:

Please contact NEMICS staff for all queries

Name

Megan Dendle

Administrative Assistant (Tue, Wed, Fri )

Contact Details:

03 9496 3322

Ask me about:

Website and all administrative matter

Name

Lori Cameron

Administrative Assistant (Mon, Wed, Thur)

Contact Details:

03 9496 3322

Ask me about:

All administrative matter

Name

Anna Mascitti

Project Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 3261

Ask me about:

My Cancer Care Record, Community Ambassador program, Coordinated care project, Consumer engagement, NEMICS consumer reference group, VICS consumer engagement peer group

Name

Bernadette Zappa

Eastern Health Service Improvement Facilitator

Contact Details:

03 9895 3836

Ask me about:

Cancer services at Eastern Health

Name

Luellen Thek

Project Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 3028

Ask me about:

Regional Service Planning

Name

Paula Howell

Project Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 9968

Ask me about:

Prostate Cancer Summit, Survivorship, Supportive care & Care coordination

Name

Nadia Ayres

Project Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 3979

Ask me about:

OCP Head and Neck - Timely delivery of radiotherapy following curative surgery, OCP Pancreatic - Radiological synoptic reporting for classifying resectability in pancreatic cancer.

Name

Hugh Burch

Northern Health Service Improvement Facilitator

Contact Details:

03 8405 2005

Ask me about:

Cancer services at Northern Health

Name

Melissa Shand

Project Manager

Contact Details:

03 9496 3831

Ask me about:

care for under-served groups and the older people with cancer and Indigenous Victorians