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GICS understands the needs of Grampians people affected by cancer, we listen to what people tell us and we work with health providers and health services to improve cancer care
Jo Millard
Project Manager - Optimal Care Pathways
With extensive experience in acute, aged care, primary health care and community services sectors, Jo brings a broad range of knowledge and networks to the Optimal Care Pathways implementation project. She enjoys meeting and working with the many people from across the region who are committed to improving cancer care and the experience of people with cancer. Jo also enjoys yoga and book club, and recalls her favourite holiday being a French White Christmas.

Optimal Care Pathways Survey
GICS are currently conducting a baseline gap analysis of Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) across health services and organisations within the Grampians region. As the pathways are relatively new, organisations may be at various stages of awareness and planning for implementation. This survey will assist GICS to understand current awareness and practice in relationship to the recommendations in line with the OCPs. The Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) were developed to guide the delivery of timely, consistent, safe, high-quality and evidence based cancer care and also aim to promote consumer centred, coordinated care to improve the experience of people with cancer.
Click on the link to read more about the survey and work GICS are undertaking in relation to OCPs.

Grampians Regional Chemotherapy Services Plan

Early this year, GICS engaged a consultant, birru.health, to develop a Grampians Region Chemotherapy Services Plan with the aim of providing GICS and our member organisations with a detailed picture of the current state of the regional chemotherapy service system and its future requirements. Findings are based on consultations with service providers and consumers, data analysis and a planning workshop. Click on the link for the project findings or to view the executive summary, full report and supporting data
Wimmera Southern Mallee Cancer Resource Nurse
New Map and Brochure
Cancer Resource Nurses (CRNs) are local nurses who are trained to offer supportive care to people affected by cancer in their own area. They can refer people with cancer to the right services as close to home as possible and offer support and information.
CRNs are now located in every Wimmera Southern Mallee health service.
Click here for more information and to access the brochure and map.

Oesophagogastric Cancers Summit
A Summit meeting for Oesophagogastric cancers was held in August.  An initiative of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services, and delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and Cancer Council Victoria's Clinical Network, these tumour specific summits provide a forum where clinicians review the available data and prioritise short-term actions to improve clinical outcomes.  It is intended that this clinician-led program provides a consistent approach to improving cancer care and outcomes across the state. David Deutscher, GICS Clinical Director sat on the coordinating working group, and pleasingly there was also regional participation by 4 clinicians at the meeting itself.  Please click here to review the summary of the Summit’s findings.  A program of local work will be developed to support the roll out of the recommendations.
The Grampians who, what, and where of cancer services
Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership
  • Have you ever had any issues when trying to find information about cancer services in our region?
  • Can you find the information you need quickly and easily?
  • Is it all in one place?
To find out more about this GICS funded project, and add your thoughts and feedback click on the link to the survey
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Black Tie Affair
Saturday 12 November
All proceeds going to Ballarat Hospice
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