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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 Care Pathways (OCPs).

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.

About us
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. 

The NEMICS population is 31% of the Greater Melbourne population and 23% of the Victorian population.
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our region
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.

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partner organisations
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:

Professor Jason Payne (Chair)
Chief Executive Health Services - Mercy Health
Mr Adam Horsburgh
Chief Executive Officer - Austin Health and host agency
Adjunct Professor David Plunkett
Chief Executive Officer - Eastern Health
Mr Siva Sivarajah
Chief Executive Officer - Northern Health
Ms Cherie Cheshire
Divisional Director - Cancer & Neurosciences - Austin Health
Professor Phillip Parente
Director Cancer Services - Eastern Health
Ms Anne Mennen
Eastern Health Program Director - Specialty Medicine & Ambulatory Care Site Director, Maroondah Hospital
Dr Frances Barnett
Director Medical Oncology - Northern Health
Mr Edward Savill
Divisional Director, Operations - Medicine & Cancer Services, Northern Health
Dr Simon Hyde
Departmental Head of Gynaecological Oncology, Mercy Health
Ms Tanya Darrer
General Manager, Mercy Health
Associate Professor Wanda Stelmach
NEMICS Clinical Director
Ms Linda Nolte
NEMICS Director

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

  • 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

Mrs Janine Rossely
Deputy Chair
Mr James Armstrong
Member
Graeme Down
Chair
Mrs Anne Kay
Member
Mrs Cindy Schultz-Ferguson
Member
Mr Max Shub
Member
Our structure
Our Team

 General queries can be sent to nemicsadmin@austin.org.au

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Ann Yeomanson

Acting NEMICS Director

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Operational leadership & strategic directions of NEMICS

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Associate Professor Wanda Stelmach

NEMICS Clinical Director

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Dr Umbreen Hafeez

Deputy Clinical Director

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Sameerah Arif

Project Manager
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Consumer engagement and cancer service improvement and priorities at Northern Health

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Nick Baje

VICS Optimal Care Summits Research Officer

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Optimal cancer care, tumour specific patterns of care and outcomes, and unwarranted variations

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Emma Bernar

Program Administrator

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All administrative matters including meetings, invoicing and program

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Megan Dendle

Communications Officer
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NEMICS website, newsletter and communications

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Dr Frances Graham

VICS Optimal Care Summits Project Manager

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Optimal cancer care, tumour specific patterns of care and outcomes, and unwarranted variations

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Melanie Greco

Cancer Improvement and Engagement Manager

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Cancer service improvement, consumer engagement and grants

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Jesvinder Kaur

Project Manager

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Survivorship care and cancer service improvement and priorities at Mercy Hospital for Women

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Stephanie Lawson

Project Manager
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Cancer service improvement and priorities at Austin Health

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Ashley Macleod

Quality and Strategy Manager
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Quality standards, audit, indicators, strategy

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Francesca McGannon

Research Assistant

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Cancer care evidence and quality

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Claire Rickard

Project Manager

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Cancer service improvement and priorities at Eastern Health

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Helena Rodi

VICS Optimal Care Summits Program Manager

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Optimal cancer care, tumour specific patterns of care and outcomes, and unwarranted variations

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Spira Stojanovik

Health Data Manager

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Health information analysis and reporting

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Linda Nolte

NEMICS Director
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Allira Mitchell

Program Administrator

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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.

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