Improving Care

Optimal Care Pathways

BSWRICS is currently working on a state-wide project focussed on implementing the Oesophagogastric and Prostate cancer Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs).

OCPs are a framework for consistent, safe, high-quality and evidence based care for people with cancer. For more information about OCPs, please click here.

As part of the OCP project, BSWRICS will be working with regional health services, clinicians and consumers to implement the recommendations outlined in the oesophagogastric and prostate cancer OCPs.

Communication with health professionals and consumers about OCP implementation will occur regularly via this webpage, the BSWRICS newsletter and email. The information below will be continually updated to outline the status of current OCP projects, enable engagement and promote opportunities for meaningful involvement.

OCP Progress Update

An 'Assess and Diagnose' phase has been completed to gain an understanding of the local context and to identify areas where improvements can be made to ensure the state-wide OCP targets for oesophagogastric and prostate cancers are met. During this phase we consulted clinicians and consumers to gain an understanding of the treatment and care people with cancer receive across the region, and the challenges they face.

Currently we are working with health services to implement solutions to some of the improvement areas identified during the Assess and Diagnose phase.

Upcoming activities and opportunities for involvement

As part of the 'Solution and Implementation' phase, the following will be occurring in the Barwon South West region in relation to the oesophagogastric and prostate cancer OCP projects - 

  • Development of an online tool for people with prostate cancer and their families which will outline the types of services available to them across the region. The tool will cover services for diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, as well as support services that can be helpful both during, and after, treatment. 
  • Defining and raising awareness of referral pathways for people with oesophagogastric cancer to assist them in accessing treatment in a timely manner.
  • Promoting and increasing multidisciplinary treatment planning for people with oesophagogastric and prostate cancers.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the implementation of OCPs, please contact our office.