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WCMICS Funded Projects

Overview

The grants are competitive with an emphasis on sustainable improvements with lessons that can be applied across other WCMICS health services and potentially statewide.

All funded projects are aligned with the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways, the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 and the WCMICS vision and mission.

WCMICS is a clinical improvement network that aims to support the implementation of high quality care, information and other supports for people living with cancer and their carers.

 

Our grants program was initiated to support hospital quality improvement projects that will improve patient or carer outcomes or experience. It targets time-limited service improvement projects that cannot be funded within existing hospital resources.

 

 

 

On this page you will find:

  • information on active funded projects

  • further details of the 2020 Telehealth Assistance Program

  • snapshot of past funded projects, including final reports

If you have any questions about any of our past or current work please:

Current funded projects

Telehealth projects

​The COVID-19 pandemic precipitated an immediate transition to telehealth consultations for cancer patients.  WCMICS was well positioned to provide prompt assistance to our partner health services to improve the quality of telehealth to cancer patients. 

The aim of the telehealth assistance program is to achieve 80% of cancer telehealth consultations via video by early 2021.  With view to demonstrable sustained practice by mid-2021.

Fast facts

  • 7 partner health services participated in the program

  • ~$450K has been awarded to:

    • purchase ICT infrastructure such as cameras, software​

    • fund short term EFT to address current barriers to using telehealth

  • Patient facing resources have been developed by WCMICS. 

  • These information fact sheets have been translated into languages other than English and are 

  • Clinician facing resources such tips for conducting video consultations and patient suitability criteria have been developed by WCMICS 

        Check out this short video below produced by our telehealth project lead 

  • 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

Past projects

​Information on previous funded projects including the final project reports can be found below.

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