Optimal Care Pathways (OCP)
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SEMPHN is part of a state-wide initiative to localise Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) supported by the Victorian Government. The OCPs have been developed to help people diagnosed with cancer receive the best possible care, OCPs have been developed to map a patient's optimal cancer journey across 15 different cancer types.
Resources have been developed for both patients and health professionals and describe the key stages in a patient’s cancer journey from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life care, the key principles, and expected standards of care at each point.
The guides have been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia.
Patients, their family and carers can use the consumer versions to better understand an often complex health system, and to know what questions to ask of their health professionals to ensure they receive the best care at every step.
- Detailed pathways and quick reference guides
- Patient 'What to expect' consumer guides
- Instructions on how to import there resources into your clinical software
- I-PACED resource cards
Localised OCPs and Referral Pathways
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal Cancer Pathway
- Endometrial cancer
- Familial cancer syndromes
- Head and Neck cancer (oral lesions)
- Lung Cancer Pathway
- Oesophagogastric Cancer
- Oncology referral pathway
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin cancer (non-melanoma)
The Cancer Council Victoria and The University of Melbourne Department of General Practice have developed a resource package to increase early cancer detection and decrease late presentation of the cancer types below and highlight recommendations in the Optimal Care Pathways. The resources provide information and tools to increase GP awareness about:
- prevention and risk factors relevant to each cancer
- screening/testing recommendations, including PSA testing decision aid which may assist in conversations with asymptomatic men
- Evidence-based risk assessment tools to help assess patients with symptoms associated with prostate and oesophagogastric cancer, and to identify possible high risk patients
- Prostate cancer IPACED resource card
- Oesophagogastric cancer IPACED resource card
- Lung cancer IPACED resource card
- Colorectal cancer IPACED resource care
- Brain cancer IPACED resource card
- Head and neck cancer IPACED resource card
- Pancreatic cancer IPACED resource card
- Endometrial cancer IPACED resource card
- Lymphoma cancer IPACED resource card
- Ovarian cancer IPACED resource card
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