Service Improvement 

The Service Improvement team at PICS work across a wide range of projects aligned to the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 and the VICS Implementation Plan 2020-2022.

Current projects include:

  • Long Term Follow-Up Program Clinical Review: A full review of the existing service including patient experience survey and consumer workshops has been completed. Implementation of 37 recommendations has commenced, and will include significant transformation developing the GP and paediatrician shared-care model, enhancing research and data collection, and increasing care and support for high-risk patients/families.

  • Medication Adherence at Home: The final project report has been completed with six key recommendations surrounding family education and resources, EMR functionality and medication management mobile apps. PICS will aim to support the implementation of the recommendations during 2022.

  • Development of the Adolescent & Young Adult Optimal Care Pathway: A joint initiative between PICS and OnTrac at Peter Mac. The AYA OCP is now in the final editing stage. Discussions are underway with Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Victoria in regard to national circulation.

  • Paediatric Oncology KPI development: Establishing the Victorian KPI’s for Paediatric Oncology for inclusion in the Victorian Cancer Performance Monitoring Framework (VCPMF). Data dictionary complete and scoping data requirements for measurement commenced.

  • Pre & Post Chemotherapy Hydration at Home: A review of the existing service model and support for expansion of the program across tumour types and health services. Finalisation of an Evaluation Report is in progress.

  • Digital Survivorship Companion (DiSC): Aiming to develop the DiSC, an app and online platform designed to support children, adolescents and families at the end of cancer treatment; the platform will house education resources as well as linking families to survivorship research projects and their individual treatment summaries and survivorship roadmaps. PICS are supporting the project with project management and clinical education expertise.

  • Childhood Cancer Survivorship Registry: Aiming to design and build a secure and stable research registry that can be utilised to answer specific research questions.

  • Monash Day Oncology Service Redesign: Aiming to evaluate issues and implement solutions to Day Oncology flow and capacity issues identified by the MCH CCC team and families utilising the service. Patient and staff surveys to be launched shortly.

  • Healthy eating on treatment and beyond: Aiming to improve the nutrition care and education received by paediatric cancer patients. Surveys for off-treatment, maintenance and surveillance families at Monash Children's Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital are closing in February after which a working group will be formed.

  • Regional Outreach Shared Care program review: A review of Regional Outreach Shared Care Program (ROSCP), including areas such as the model of care, workforce planning, staff education, funding model, data & reporting and consumer engagement.

  • MDM EMR Optimisation: A review of MDM operational workflows for integration with EMR, and contribute MDM reporting to the Victorian Integrated Non-Admitted Health (VINAH) dataset.

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