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WCMICS Grants Program

2022-23 Innovation & Improvement funding stream:
EOIs now closed


The WCMICS Grants Program (the Program) provides funding for ideas that support improvements in cancer patient care.  The focus areas of the program align with the statewide priorities laid out in the Victorian Cancer Plan, where opportunities for improvement and significant impact have been identified.  Specifically, it is aimed at initiatives that:

  • Improve cancer patient outcomes and experience

  • Improve the health of under-served populations across the region

  • Improve the efficiency of cancer care


The Program runs 2 separate funding initiatives:

  1. Innovation & Improvement (offered annually)

  2. Scale & Spread (offered biennially)

The WCMICS Grants Program application process involves two stages:

  • Stage one: Initial Expression of Interest (EOI) and the opportunity to 'idea pitch' to the funding evaluation panel.

  • Stage two: Following funding evaluation panel review, full application (project plan) are by invitation only.

Innovation & Improvement

The Innovation & Improvement funding stream is offered annually. Applications are open to all initiatives that are new, innovative improvement ideas. Typically these types of projects run for 12 months, with a total grants pool up to $400,000 available each year.


2022-23 Innovation & Improvement funding stream now closed

Scale & Spread

The Scale & Spread funding stream ​is offered biennially. Applications are open to initiatives that intend to make deliberate efforts to increase the impact of successfully tested health innovations so as to benefit more people. Typically these types of projects run for approximately 24-30months, with a total grants pool up to $900,000 available every 2 years.

2021-22 scale & spread funding stream now closed

funding guidelines

Project ideas

Developing ideas and completing funding applications is time consuming and requires significant investment by the parties involved.

Before preparing an application for the WCMICS Grants Program, make sure it is the right grant for your idea and what you are seeking to achieve.​

Answer the following questions to determine if this is the right funding for your idea:

  • Will your project idea address the identified focus areas and positively impact on service delivery and patient experience?

  • Will the improvements be sustainable after the project funding period?

  • Is your project idea aligned to your organisational strategy and/or business plan?

  • Do you have sponsorship at executive level? Do you have organisational support for the initiaitive that has been proposed? Is your organisation committed to sustaining the outcome of the project?

  • aboriginal and torres strait islander people affected by cancer
    Improving care for aboriginal people with advanced cancer
  • adolescents and young adults with cancer
    eLearning module for health professionals working with AYA people affected by cancer access the link eModule here
  • cancer care at home
    Optimising HITH for the management of planned neutropenia: post-autologous stem cell transplant and consolidation chemotherapy: ​ Visual instructional videos for patients with feeding tubes or swallowing difficulties access the videos here
  • carers
    Implementation and evaluation of the CSNAT-I: An early intervention to assist carers of advanced cancer patients in hospital discharge and the transition home
  • diabetes and cancer
    Medication review and diabetes management for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy:
  • exercise and cancer
    Co-designing a pre-habilitation program for patients with prostate cancer: ​ A multidisciplinary cancer optimisation clinic for lung and colorectal cancer patients ​ Partnering with a local community health organisation to provide rehabilitation to cancer survivors ​ CNS brain cancer rehabilitation:
  • linking cancer care
    Improving the pathway from treatment planning to care: ​Improving the pathway to cancer diagnosis and specialist review through analysis of patient presentations to ED: ​ Clinical pathway for the management of sepsis and neutropenic fever in cancer patients: ​ Oral chemotherapy clinic - improving education and care for care patients ​ Prevention of Hep B reactivation during chemotherapy: ​​ Identifying gaps in cancer care for Victorian prisoners ​ Improving communication between Metro-regional clinicians
  • men's health and cancer
    Management of sexual dysfunction in survivors following treatment for colorectal and prostate cancers: ​ Improving follow-up care for patients with low risk urological cancers
  • nutrition and cancer
    Nutrition care pathway for upper GI surgical oncology patients: ​Head and Neck transition clinic ​ Malnutrition Screening Tool Cultural Adaption
  • older people and cancer
    Geriatric assessments in MDM: eLearning module for health professionals working with older people affected by cancer:
  • palliative care and cancer
    Identifying gaps in service provision of cancer palliative care - How do we coordinate care to prevent avoidable hospital admissions? ​ Medicinal cannabis: information, advice and outcomes for patient with cancer and treating clinicians ​ Prospective analysis of 30 day mortality following palliative chemotherapy for cancer: ​ Advanced Communications Skills Workshops for Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Medicine Registrars
  • primary care and cancer
    Integrating primary care practitioners in multidisciplinary care: ​ Improving communications with GPs Improving patient and GP information and communication with an e-care plan
  • survivorship
    Establishing a multidisciplinary survivorship clinic Partnering with a local community health organisation to provide rehabilitation to cancer survivors
  • telehealth and cancer
    Djerriwarrh Health Service: pilot of telehealth consultations in community palliative care: Peter Mac: enhancing telehealth consultations through infrastructure upgrade: Royal Melbourne Hospital: pilot use of telehealth in remote monitoring of immunosuppressed myeloma patients: Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital: establishing video consultations in ocular oncology clinic: St Vincent's Hospital: establishing telehealth in oncology clinics: The Women's Hospital: establishing telehealth consultations in gynae-oncology clinics: Western Health: establishing telehealth consultations in oncology clinics:
  • women's health and cancer
    Development of an evidence based clinical care pathway for high risk women follow risk reducing hysterectomy +/- bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (RRBSCO) Optimising vulva wound management

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