The SMICS Catchment

The SMICS catchment covers a total area of 2,967 square kilometres, It aligns most closely with eleven local government areas (LGAs).

  • Bayside
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Great Dandenong
  • Kingston
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Monash
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data identified that 1,452,278 people resided in the SMICS catchment in 2011. The gender mix of the population was 49% males and 51% females. Casey, which is the most populous LGA in Victoria, formed 17% of the total population of the SMICS catchment.

The latest Cancer Council Victoria data (2015) indicated there were 8,561 new cases of invasive cancer reported in residents of the SMICS catchment.

SMICS accesses and utilises two main data sources:

  • The Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR)
  • The Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED)

The VCR, which is managed by the Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) is used to generate cancer incidence and mortality information. VCR data can be used to identify cancer incidence by tumour stream, and also by areas of residence.

The VAED is compiled and released by the Victorian Department of Health. SMICS receives an extract of the VAED, which includes cancer related inpatient episodes of care for the state of Victoria. The VAED can be used to show patterns of activity within hospitals and health services. It is an administrative dataset which includes information about hospital admission and separation (discharge) dates, patient demographics (age, country of birth, preferred language, local government area of residence), details of every disease/condition affecting the patient during each inpatient episode, and every procedure/intervention (operative, radiographic, allied health, etc) during each episode of care.