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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 services to improve cancer care


Ms Louise Patterson
Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator - Multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs)
Trained at Peter Mac as a Radiation Therapist, Louise helped set up the Radiation Theraphy department at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong. Louise is a lifelong Bombers supporter, played cricket in her youth and still enjoys watching it now much to tghe dismay of the rest of her family. she also enjoys scrapbooking and sewing.

Ballarat hosts distinguished cancer specialist
Dr Ranjana Srivastava, an oncologist who this year was awarded an OAM for her contribution to medicine, was sponsored by BHS, GICS and St John of God hospital to visit Ballarat and talk about patient doctor communication. Read more....

Grampians Cancer Data Access
GICS recently has developed the Grampians Cancer Data Access Policy and Data Analysis Request Form to enable health care professionals working in the Grampians Region to apply for data and analysis reports. To read more about accessing Grampians Region data, click here
NEW online directory for Grampians cancer services
Last year GICS provided $100,000 in grants to 9 different projects in the Grampians region. One of those projects was to develop a Cancer Services Directory. Led by Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership (GPPCP) based in Ararat, the online search tool is now live.

Available on the GICS website, the customised online search tool draws live data from the National Health Service Directory (NHSD), providing easy access to cancer related support services and service providers across the region. Read more and search the directory....

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Oesophagogastric Summit
Progress update
The OG summit held in 2016 gathered clinicians from across Victoria to identify practical and achievable actions that could have a positive impact on patient outcomes. To date a cross-section of clinicians have been interviewed about which patients are more likely to have an MDM, and an audit of OG cases is being designed to understand the characteristics of patients not reviewed at MDMs. Click here to read more...
Behavioural Research in Cancer Control conference
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Hosted by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by Cancer Council Australia.  Plenary speakers include Professor Robert Hornik from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania on “Achieving cancer control in a complex communication environment”  and Professor Theresa Marteau from Cambridge University on “Changing behaviour by changing non-conscious processes: effectiveness and acceptability”. There will also be two half-day pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 2nd May on “The changing landscape of organised screening programs” and “Using online and social media for intervention, monitoring and evaluation”.  
 
For conference information and registration please click here

Study: Two thirds of cancer caused by DNA replication errors
Most textbooks attribute cancer-causing mutations to two major sources: inherited and environmental factors. A recent study highlighted the prominent role in cancer of replicative (R) mutations that arise from a third source: unavoidable errors associated with DNA replication. Read more....
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