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Friday, 7 October 2016

BENDIGO HEALTH TO PROVIDE IMPROVED QUALITY CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CARE

 

Cancer survivors throughout the Loddon Mallee region will benefit from a new Cancer Survivorship Service.

The announcement was made today by Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards during a tour of the New Bendigo Hospital’s Bendigo Cancer Centre with Board Chairman Bob Cameron and Bendigo Cancer Centre director Leanne Anderson

“The Bendigo Cancer Centre is a vital part of making Bendigo the health hub of the North.  This work will be assisted through theBetter Care Victoria Innovation Fund,” Ms Edwards said.

This new service will provide cancer patients with improved quality survivorship care, includingimproved assessment of needs, individualised goal setting and coordinated pathways of care between specialists and GPs.”

The service will be managed by the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service (LMICS), the clinical network for cancer in the region.

Bendigo Cancer Centre director Leanne Anderson said the survivorship service will implement close links to the primary care sector across the region.

“This encompasses the Medical Oncology Service in Bendigo Health and the Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre operated by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute,” Ms Anderson said.

“In 2017, these services will co-locate in the new Bendigo Hospital as the Bendigo Cancer Centre.

“This will create greater capacity for new and complex patients to access these services in a timely manner.”

Oncologists and nurse practitioners will screen and assess survivors to create a Survivorship Care Plan.

The project will also implement protocols for identification of survivors, shared care planning and discharge and generating appropriate referrals to community-based services.

Mr. Cameron said cancer services in Bendigo had improved “out of sight” in the past 20 years, and the new Bendigo Cancer Centre was another great leap forward.

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