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GICS improves patient experiences and outcomes
by connecting cancer care and driving best practice across the Grampians region

Welcome.... to the first new and improved GICS newsletter
GICS has recently undertaken a communications and engagement review, identifying key objectives for the forthcoming 18 months, one of which is to increase your awareness of what we actually do. In our monthly newsletters you'll find information and links to what's happening in the world of cancer care, GICS funded projects, and upcoming events both within the Grampians region and the wider community. Please feel free to forward us any articles and stories which may be of interest to our readers.

Joanne Gell  Strategic Director - GICS
With over 20 years experience in Health services management in the UK, South Australia and Victoria, Jo commenced in her role as Strategic Director at GICS just over twelve months ago. When asked what she enjoys about her job, Jo said "working with people from different health services and different professional backgrounds to improve cancer outcomes in our region. People offer different approaches to problem solving".
Jo enjoys going on safaris in Southern Africa, and also enjoys horse riding and watching English dramas on television.
Better MDMs Grampians project
Multi-disciplinary meetings (MDMs) have now become accepted best practice within health services for patients with a cancer diagnosis. Coordinating MDMs since 2008, GICS is currently undertaking a review of the administrative processes related to MDMs, in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness, and to create a model of sustainability. Within GICS 7 multi-disciplinary meetings (MDMs) are managed, with a total of 115 meetings scheduled for this year. In 2014/15 797 discussions occurred, for 626 individual patients. GICS currently expends $165,000 per annum resourcing their administration. Read more about the Better MDMs Grampians project....
Grampians Cancer Clinical Network (GCCN)
Planning & Networking Day

38 health professionals from 15 Grampians health services met in Ararat recently to identify priorities for nursing and allied health professionals in the region. Twelve priorities areas were identified, of which five were accepted as priority activities. Preliminary action plans were then produced. Read more....

GICS new website launch
After being down for too long, we recently launched our new GICS website. The new website contains separate areas specific for Health Professionals and People Affected by Cancer. If you havent had a chance yet, check it out at
GICS Consumer Advisory Group
Farewell Elaine Duxbury
Elaine Duxbury has been a member and former Chair of the GICS Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) since its inception in 2011. Recently resigning from her position on the CAG, Elaine was recognised for her dedication to the committee. Elaine reflected "Since those early days of the CAG, consumer engagement has come a long way...change is occurring for the better, and although there is still a long way to go...I am pleased to step aside and leave the CAG in very capable local hands". When not representing consumer interests in her role with the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute, Elaine plans to relax at her home in Daylesford. We wish Elaine all the best.

Victorian Tumour Stream Summits
The summits are a three year initiative of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and Cancer Council Victoria Clinical Networks.  They provide state-wide forums for clinicians to review data on variations in tumour based care and outcomes and identify short-term priorities for action.  Colorectal, lung, lymphoma and prostate cancer summits engaged clinicians in the cancer reform agenda and advanced our understanding of the opportunities for state-wide and local improvement. The focus of the next summit is oesophago-gastric cancer care and outcomes. Read more....
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