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GICS works with Grampians public and private health services and providers
to improve cancer care systems and services for the community

Mr David Deutscher FRACS
Clinical Director
With more than 30 years experience in clinical service delivery, quality improvement, teaching, leadership and governance, David has been working as a general surgeon in both public and private sectors, within the Grampians Region for over 20 years. Being involved in upper and lower GI cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, melanoma and supportive services,
David was also involved with establishing the surgical part of BreastScreen. David is a very keen cyclist, recently completing the 120km Amy's Gran Fondo ride along the Great Ocean Road, for the Amy Gillett Foundation. He also enjoys traveling, with his next holiday planned for Israel.

MDMOne software update

A software update for MDMOne was implemented this week. This release supports many requests from clinicians for system improvements. Most notably, the number of times the system writes back to the database has been significantly reduced, which improves submission times. The release also supports a widescreen format for recording during the meeting which will reduce the need to scroll and allow all relevant information to be entered in a more productive manner. Read the September 2016 software release notes.
 
The release has been extensively tested but as always, if you encounter any difficulties, please email Louise Patterson.

Bowel Cancer and Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs)

People living in the Grampians have lower life expectancies and worse health measures compared to the whole of Victoria. And although our region has a greater uptake of the National Bowel Screening Program compared to other regions, there is an increased incidence of Colorectal Cancer in our region, with approximately 200 new malignant diagnoses each year. Read on for further regional statistics and how these compare with the Optimal Care Pathways....

Better MDMs Grampians project
Multi Disciplinary Meetings (MDMs) are now an accepted best practice within health services for patients with a cancer diagnosis.  To ensure staff are utilising the most efficient systems and processes, a review of the MDM administrative processes is required.  GICS have engaged the Bevington Group to complete this review. The intention is to remove the inefficiencies in the process, and save time and hassle for both clinicians and admin staff. 
 
In the first phase of the project we identified  that 37% of MDM time is spent on “noise” activity – which is non productive time. The top 10 noise drivers of MDMs are.....
My Cancer Care Record
Later this year GICS will distribute 400 patient held folders as part of a trial. The folders are specifically designed to empower patients to keep all their cancer details in one place, with coloured dividers to help organise information, plastic pockets to keep important documents & test results, and tips on questions to ask your health care team. The success of the trial will be assessed by an independent consultant, and will focus on how helpful the folder was to both consumers and service providers, as well as providing recommendations for improvement.

A launch date will be announced on the GICS website soon.
For more information please email Glenn Reeves
GICS Stakeholder Needs Report
Our purpose at GICS is to improve patient experiences and outcomes by connecting cancer care and driving best practice.  We can’t do this without the active engagement of health services and consumers.  To understand how we can better connect with you, we commissioned a consultant to undertake stakeholder interviews and prepare an engagement strategy.  We learnt that:
  1. When the GICS team interacts with you, we do a good job
  2. We need to review the role and purpose of our core advisory groups
  3. We need to communicate more frequently and to a broader audience about the work that we do
  4. Multi-disciplinary meetings need improvement
Our response to this is: a refresh of our website, our commitment to a monthly newsletter, a review of the terms of reference of our advisory groups commenced, and we are part way through an improvement project with multi-disciplinary meetings.

Health Literacy
Last year a health literacy needs assessment was undertaken across the Grampians Region in a project led by Deakin University.  One of the findings was that people in small towns face particular barriers to participation in care, across the cancer journey.  In a second phase of the health literacy project, GICS will be working with Beaufort and Skipton Health Service, Maryborough and District Health Service, Pyrenees Shire, and community members of Avoca and Beaufort to develop and test strategies that communities can employ to overcome these barriers. This process will include: working with local GPs, increasing access to cancer nurses, working with local pharmacists and working with community groups and clubs. This project will lay the groundwork for the development of a framework to guide small town service development nationally.  For more information about this project go to…
 
For more information about health literacy in the Grampians Region go to…

Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer
The Department of Health & Human Services provided funding to BreaCan to conduct an analysis of the information and support needs of women with cancer in the Grampians and Barwon South Western region. BreaCan is a unique statewide information and peer support service for women who have been diagnosed with breast and or a gynaecological cancer, however women with any cancer diagnosis were included in this project. Read more....

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