Projects

SMICS achieves its strategic objectives largely through locally based projects. Projects are planned and implemented with strong stakeholder engagement to optimise sustainability.

Projects are outlined here and can be grouped according to priority outcome areas or tumour groups.

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Major Theme Project Brief Overview Priority Outcome Area Tumour Stream Progress & Reports
Model of Care Specialised Oncology Care and Research of the Elderly (SOCARE)
SMICS is supporting a Specialised Oncology Care and Research of the Elderly (SOCARE) pilot project with Monash Health Oncology Department. … [read more...]
Model of Care
Model of Care Symptom Urgent Review Clinic at Dandenong Hospital (SURC)
Symptom Urgent Review Clinic at Dandenong Hospital (SURC) SMICS continues to work with the Symptom Urgent Review Clinic (SURC) project… [read more...]
Model of Care
Welcome


SMICS facilitates and supports improvements in cancer care delivery across the southern Melbourne region. On this website you will find information and resources relating to the work that SMICS undertakes with its member health services: Alfred Health, Cabrini Health, Peninsula Health and Monash Health.

We do appreciate your feedback. Please contact us here if you have any questions or comments.

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Survivorship Optimal Care Pathways (OCP) Multidisciplinary care OCP - SIPI
MPCCC Strategic Plan 2017-2021
MPCCC Strategic Plan 2017-2021
MPCCC Strategic Plan 2017-2021
About Us

The Victorian Cancer Reforms and Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

Provision of an efficient and effective cancer service system that meets the needs of those affected by cancer is the focus of the reforms implemented by the Victorian Government in 2004. The two key components of the cancer reforms were establishing Integrated Cancer Services and developing care based upon tumour streams.   

The Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) are clusters of hospitals and associated health services that plan and improve services for people with all types of cancers within a geographic area.  SMICS is one of eight regionally based integrated cancer services, whilst the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service is a state-wide collaboration. SMICS comprises Alfred Health, Cabrini Health, Peninsula Health and Southern Health.

The ten tumour streams include: breast, central nervous system, colorectal, genito-urinary, gynaecology, haematology, head and neck, lung, skin and upper gastro-intestinal.  Fourteen Patient Management Frameworks (PMFs) were initially developed and in 2009 the osteosarcoma and soft tissue PMF was released. The PMFs are a guide to the optimal care management of patients with particular tumour types.

Four priority outcome areas were identified for reform and are the basis for quality improvement with the ICS.  These priority outcomes are:

  • multidisciplinary care (MDC)
  • care coordination (CC)
  • supportive care (SC)
  • reducing unwanted variations in care (RUVC).

SMICS Governance

SMICS is governed by a group that includes Chief Executive Officers, Directors of Medical Services and departmental heads from all four health services. This group is responsible for SMICS decision-making, budgetary decisions and for facilitating projects within their individual health services.  Additional support to decision making is provided by the SMICS clinical advisory group and the supportive care advisory group.

 

SMICS Vision

Connecting cancer care, driving best practice and improving patient outcomes

SMICS Mission 

Alfred Health, Cabrini Health, Peninsula Health and Southern Health will work together to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer in southern Melbourne and beyond

 

SMICS Principles

  • Cancer services will be population-focused
  • individuals will have access to a full range of cancer services (prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, supportive care and palliative care)
  • referral pathways will be clearly defined
  • care will be multidisciplinary and coordinated
  • service planning will support a critical mass of expertise and leadership to promote quality cancer care.

Strategic Goals 2010-2013

  • implement best practice models of care
  • improve the effectiveness of care through system coordination and integration
  • systematically monitor processes and outcomes of care to improve system wide performance.

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Privacy Statement

Terms of Use (public)

Users are entitled to use the SMICS website, provided such use is lawful. SMICS reserves the right to withdraw this permission in the event that such use places SMICS at risk or poses a security or other threat. Users must respect the privacy and personal rights of others. Any material which you post or transmit may be removed by us from the site without notice at any time. Users must not post any content that:

· Is aggressive or rude

· Threaten or harass another person

· Breaches anti-discrimination legislation by humiliating, intimidating or offending others on the basis of their race, gender, or any other attribute prescribed under anti-discrimination legislation

· Is defamatory towards another person which could harm that other person's reputation

· Is indecent, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, offensive or of doubtful propriety or of a menacing character or is likely to annoy or concern

· Impersonates another person by sending a message which appears to have come from another person's computer or represent themselves as being of a different gender, race etc.

· Is misleading or deceptive

· Denounces religious or political beliefs

· Includes religious or political material which is or is likely to be offensive

· Contains any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material, or

· Plagiarise or infringe copyright or trade marks, or breach trade practices legislation.

For further information please contact us.

Terms of Use (Private)

Users are entitled to use the SMICS ‘chat room’, provided such use is lawful. SMICS reserves the right to withdraw this permission in the event that such use places SMICS at risk or poses a security or other threat. Users must respect the privacy and personal rights of others. Any material which you post or transmit may be removed by us from the site without notice at any time. Users must not post any content that:

· Is aggressive or rude

· Threaten or harass another person

· Breaches anti-discrimination legislation by humiliating, intimidating or offending others on the basis of their race, gender, or any other attribute prescribed under anti-discrimination legislation

· Is defamatory towards another person which could harm that other person's reputation

· Is indecent, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, offensive or of doubtful propriety or of a menacing character or is likely to annoy or concern

· Impersonates another person by sending a message which appears to have come from another person's computer or represent themselves as being of a different gender, race etc.

· Is misleading or deceptive

· Denounces religious or political beliefs

· Includes religious or political material which is or is likely to be offensive

· Contains any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material

· Plagiarise or infringe copyright or trade marks, or breach trade practices legislation, or

· Post, share or reveal information that allows a patient or client to be individually identified.

For further information please contact us.

Privacy Statement

When you look at this website, we keep a record of your visit and log the following information for statistical purposes:

· Your server address

· The date and time of your visit to the site

· The pages accessed and documents you downloaded

· The site that directed or referred you to us, and

· The type of browser you used.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise its authority to inspect the Internet Service Provider's (ISP) logs.

This site uses cookies to remember options you have selected and displays those options again on your next visit. These cookies do not store any personal information and do not allow us to track your usage of the site. You can use the site with cookies disabled. SMICS ensures that the personal information you provide to us, is used only for the purpose for which you have provided it. SMICS does not disseminate your personal information to other parties, without your consent.

We will only record your email address if you send us a message or enter it into a form on our site. When you subscribe to a mailing list, we will only use your email address to send information on the topics you nominated. We will not use this information for any other purpose.

You should be aware that information sent via the internet, especially if it is not encrypted, is not secure. You may wish to send secure information by other means, such as mail.

This statement and our policy complies with both State and Commonwealth laws relating to privacy. For further information please contact us.

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Copyright Notice

You may download, display, print and reproduce this material in unaltered form only (retaining this notice) for your personal, non-commercial use or use within your organisation. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved. For requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights please contact SMICS.

For further information please contact us.

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Legal Disclaimer

Whilst appreciable care has been taken in the preparation of this website, SMICS provides these pages as a service only and cannot warrant the accuracy of these documents beyond the source documents, although we do make every attempt to work from authoritative sources.

SMICS is not and will not be held responsible or liable for any errors or omissions that may be found in any of the information related in this site. You are encouraged to consult other sources in order to confirm the information contained in this website.

Links provided to other internet sites are provided for the user's convenience and do not constitute endorsement of the information at those sites, or any associated person, organisation, product or service.

Please contact SMICS if you are unable to access current information. For further information please contact us.

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Projects
Data

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

Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data identified that 1,390,290 people resided in the SMICS catchment in 2006. The gender mix of the population was 49% males and 51% females. Casey, which is the most populous LGA in Victoria, formed 16% of the total population of the SMICS catchment.

The latest Cancer Council Victoria data (2009) indicated there were 7679 new cases of invasive cancer reported in the SMICS catchment in 2008 and this is projected to increase to 8457 new cases by 2016 (Victorian Radiotherapy Services Plan (2007)).

SMICS Data

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 area of residence. The most recent data available from the VCR is that from the 2008 calendar year. 

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.  The most recent VAE data available to SMICS is from the 2009-10 financial year.

The following graphs display data from the CCV and VAED.  To facilitate use of this information by clinicians and researchers, the raw data is included.

 

Document downloads

  • overview of Victorian consensus datasets project  CLICK HERE

 

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Links

Below are links to other websites you may have an interest in. All links will open in a new window.

 

Breast cancer

Colorectal cancer

Genito-Urinary cancer

Gynaecological cancer

Haematological cancer

Head and Neck cancer

Lung cancer

Neurological cancer

Skin cancer

Upper Gastrointestinal cancer

Integrated Cancer Services

Education resources

Palliative care

Other related links

 

Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Genito-Urinary Cancer

Gynaecological Cancer

Haematological Cancer

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Head and Neck Cancer

Lung Cancer

Neurological Cancer

Skin Cancer

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Other websites

Integrated Cancer Services

Education resources

Palliative care

Other related links

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News

Want to find out what's happening in the world of SMICS?

You're in the right place.

The SMICS Newsletter comes out quarterly and provides an update on the projects and activities the SMICS team are currently involved with. You will also find new articles of interest and cancer facts and figures as they are published, both here in Australia and around the world.

 

SMICS Newsletter                                                        Consumer Newsletter

Current Issue:                                                                                           Current Issue:  

 September 2011                                                                                   September 2011

In this issue

  • Victorian and Tasmaniaian Youth Cancer Network
  • Tumour group meetings
  • Supportive care update
  • Fertility preservation in young cancer patients
  • Victorian cancer statistics - Cancer Council
  • Living with Cancer - education program facilitator training

Previous issues

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Strategic Plan

SMICS Strategic Plan 2010-2013

 

SMICS STRATEGIC GOALS 2010-2013

  • implement best practice models of care
  • improve the effectiveness of care through system coordination and integration
  • systematically monitor processes and outcomes of care to improve system wide performance

 

To view the SMICS 2010 - 2013 Strategic Plan please click here

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Consumers

Would you like to get involved in improving cancer care?

Your views make a difference

We would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in becoming involved with our projects and initiatives. CLICK HERE for more details. Patients with cancer and their family and carers bring a diverse range of views and perspectives which contribute to improvements in the delivery of cancer care. These views are based on their unique experience of cancer, their use of cancer services or that of a family member or friend.

 

Document downloads

Participation opportunities

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Supportive Care: Information and Resources

News

  • SMICS Supportive Care Strategic Plan has been finalised
  • The Supportive Cancer Care Victoria (SCCV) group has released the revised draft Professional Competency Framework for the provision of supportive care across Victoria. Incorporating feedback from SCCV workshops, online surveys and discussions with ICS representatives and various cancer services, the Framework is now available for a final round of comments and feedback. CLICK HERE to be directed to their website. Feedback is welcomed from all our health service staff and members who are involved in the provision of supportive care. For further details, contact Bernadette McCormack.

 

Victoria's Cancer Action Plan 2008-2011

There are two key VCAP targets relating to supportive care:

  • by 2012, we will provide evidence of training of the cancer workforce in supportive care processes and survivorship awareness
  • by 2012, we will aim to document supportive care screening for 50 per cent of newly diagnosed cancer patients

Department of Health policy

In March 2009 the Department of Health released a policy document: Providing optimal cancer care: supportive care policy for Victoria. Four strategic directions are defined in the policy:

  • identifying the supportive care needs of people affected by cancer
  • capacity building for optimal supportive care
  • implementing supportive care screening into routine practice
  • addressing supportive care needs - referral and linkage

The below image gives an overview of how supportive care needs should be addressed:

supportive-care-model

 

Supportive Cancer Care Victoria

The Unversity of Melbourne has been appointed by the Department of Health to assist the ICS' to develop local approaches to implementing strategies likely to bring about improvements in supportive care outcomes for people affected by cancer. This has included the development of a supportive care workforce competency framework, which will be finalised soon - and will be a useful tool for the ICS' as they prepare their local strategies. For more information, go to the Supportive Cancer Care Victoria website.

 

Quick links and downloads

 

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