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GICS is a linking and change agent driving quality improvement,
innovation and research in Grampians cancer care service delivery

Lea Marshall
Cancer Services Improvement Coordinator
A long! career in nursing and midwifery, in Australia and Scotland, provides Lea with experience in the value of interdisciplinary care to benefit consumers. She is particularly keen to broaden the capacity of nursing and allied professionals in cancer care across a number of health sectors. Jogging in the Creswick bush with Alba (golden retriever) and Poppy (husky) and being a minor part rev-head with a particular interest in classic cars keeps weekends full.

Victorian Cancer Performance Monitoring Framework
DHHS in collaboration with Victorian Integrated Cancer Services have been working on a framework for the development of useful performance metrics in relation to cancer and health service performance. GICS is circulating the pilot report to relevant stakeholders for feedback regarding the meaning of the data for the region, given the context of the Grampians health services and range of current services delivered.
Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program: Applications close 14 February
Phase II Grant Scheme 2017 Type 1 Capacity Building Grants
DHHS through the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program: Phase II, has a current  2017 Type 1, Capacity Building Grants funding round. The grants will provide up to $100,000 to eligible services, to fund a maximum of five projects over the course of 12 months. Click here for more information.

"What to expect" patient resource launched
On 2nd December GICS, Cancer Council Victoria and Ballarat Health Service launched a new suite of national resources designed to empower cancer patients and ensure they receive optimal care anywhere in Australia. Titled, ‘What to Expect,’ the suite of resources consists of 19 tumour-specific guides for patients to help make sense of what should happen throughout their treatment and cancer experience. Speakers included Dr Simone Reeves, Dr Vischal Boolell, and Mrs Leonie Bird; an inspirational cancer survivor living in Horsham. For more about the resources, launch and photos, click here....

Telehealth for Supportive Survivorship Care Project
GICS in partnership with Cancer Council Victoria and HumeRICS are pleased to announce the commencement of this project, which aims ‘to develop, pilot and assess a telehealth model for the sustainable delivery of CCV’s ‘Wellness and Life After Cancer (WALAC) program across rural and regional sites’. We'll keep you updated with progress.
Victorian Integrated Cancer Services Conference 2017
11-12 May 2017
GICS is keen to showcase the great work happening in cancer services throughout our region, and we encourage you to submit an abstract for the conference in May. We are happy to support "budding" presenters write abstracts or presentations. Please contact Jo Gell
Registrations Now Open
Call for Abstract Deadline: 10 February 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 30 March 2017
www.VICS2017.org

Clinical consultation skills
Communication and optimal cancer care webinar
Watch the Cancer Council Victoria's webinar which brought together a panel of clinician educators and communication in healthcare experts, to discuss effective communication and how it relates to fostering healing relationships and patient-centred care. Presenters include Dr Jonathan Silverman, Ms Meg Chiswell, Dr Deb Wilson and Assoc. Professor Peter Martin. For more information and to access the webinar, click here
Cancer podcasts coming soon!
GICS has recently received a grant from the Health Issues Centre (HIC) to create 6 podcasts, designed to help those newly diagnosed with cancer learn from people who have lived the experience.
 
During February and March members of the GICS Consumer Advisory Group will be visiting support groups to ask a very simple question, “What did you wish you knew at the start of your journey?” The responses will then help shape the podcast content.
 
You don’t have to be a member of a support group to get involved, contact Glenn Reeves for more information
Announcement – Data in 2017!
Our first data release will highlight differences in types of cancer that occur based on where people live. It will be age-adjusted so that comparisons can be made directly to see where the highest numbers of particular cancers occur. As well as access to new data about cancer in the Grampians, GICS is launching a new process, enabling health professionals to request data analysis for their health service. Our next newsletter will outline this new process.
Improving care for those aged over 70 with cancer
A suite of education opportunities is being designed to assist nursing and allied health address the needs of people over 70. Issues including function, co-morbidity, presence of geriatric syndromes, nutrition, polypharmacy, cognition, emotional status, social supports, elder abuse, health literacy, transport-related injury, fall prevention, feet and footwear, sexual health, social isolation and bone health are all being considered. Developing an understanding in aspects of chronic disease management is an important skill for acute sector professionals.

Many of these learning opportunities will be free in the first half of 2017. For further details please click here
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