Cancer Management

Adult cancer care in the CESPHN region is provided across two local health districts, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), and one health network, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (SVHS), encompassing nine cancer centers supported by 73 multi-disciplinary teams and community palliative care services.

It is key priorities for CESPHN to: improve cancer outcomes, improve the quality of life for people with cancer and enhance the experiences for people with cancer. CESPHN’s work in the cancer management space is focused on supporting the delivery of coordinated patient-centered care and enhancing integration across the primary, community and acute care settings.

For more information on cancer management at CESPHN please contact the Cancer Management, Screening and Prevention Officer, Stephanie Walker at s.walker@cesphn.com.au

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Shared Cancer Care 

Patients with cancer are faced with complex decisions and care treatment across different settings. Lack of involvement in the cancer care system by primary providers leads to poor care coordination for patients with cancer. Poor care coordination is a significant contributor to poor patient outcomes, including a high proportion of palliative related hospitalizations.

Shared cancer care enhances integration of the care system, service navigation and allows for General Practice to effectively support the needs of their patients with timely access to specialist cancer expertise.

Cancer Australia has developed the following Principles of Shared Care

  • Patient-centred
  • Coordination, communication and continuity of care
  • Support for primary care providers
  • Support for specialist treatment team
  • Care is delivered according to best practice standards

CESPHN has developed a shared care model, GPCanShare, that involves joint responsibility of patient care between both primary and acute care providers.

GPCanShare

GPCanShare is a collaboration between Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and St Vincent’s Hospital with the aim of enhancing cancer management in primary care.

The project will assist General Practices, community cancer services and specialist cancer services to work together in providing care for patients with cancer and improve their experience of the cancer system.

Integrated Nurse Coordinators will facilitate seamless coordination of care for patients and liaise between the patient’s cancer specialist team and their General Practitioner. GPs will be provided regular updates on all aspects of their patient’s care via their preferred communication method, including clinical and supportive care.

Additionally, the nurse coordinator will encourage patients to see their GP when required regarding problems that can be managed in the GP setting.

All patients with cancer attending the below cancer centres have the option of having their care provided collaboratively by a recognised GP and the hospital-based services:

  • The Kinghorn Cancer Centre
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Sydney Local Health District cancer facilities
  • St George and Sutherland Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital 
Service Registration

Please use the following link to register Interest: https://forms.cesphn.org.au/16

Useful Contacts for GPCanShare

 

Name

Title

Organisation

Email

Stephanie Walker

Cancer Management, Screening and Prevention Officer

CESPHN

s.walker@cesphn.com.au 

Elena Whippy

Cancer Connected Care Coordinator

SLHD

elena.whippy@health.com.au

Kim Rigg

Cancer Systems Innovations Manager CINSW.

SESLHD

kim.rigg@health.nsw.gov.au

Brian Gibbons

Acting Cancer System Innovation Manager

The Kinghorn Cancer Centre

brian.gibbons@svha.org.au 

Heidi Alfred

Integrated Care Coordinator - St George

SESLHD

heidi.alfred@health.nsw.gov.au

Cassandra Golding

Integrated Care Coordinator - St George

SESLHD

cassandra.golding1@health.nsw.gov.au

Emily Mackinlay

Integrated Care Coordinator – Prince of Wales Hospital

SESLHD

SESLHD-POW-NeluneComprehensiveCancerCentre-GPCanShare@health.nsw.gov.au

Colette Dolan Integrated Care Coordinator – Prince of Wales Hospital SESLHD SESLHD-POW-NeluneComprehensiveCancerCentre-GPCanShare@health.nsw.gov.au
Susan Stapleton Haematology/BMT Integrated Care Coordinator The Kinghorn Cancer Centre susan.kyle@svha.org.au
Mary Hayes Integrated Care Coordinator The Kinghorn Cancer Centre mary.hayes@svha.org.au
Pratichha Shrestha Integrated Care Coordinator SLHD Cancer Services pratichha.shrestha@health.nsw.gov.au
Donna Lokeni Integrated Care Coordinator SLHD Cancer Services donna.lokeni@health.nsw.gov.au
Kristyn Schilling Integrated Care Coordinator SLHD Cancer Services kristyn.schilling@health.nsw.gov.au
Abby Haslehurst Senior Consultant (External program evaluator) Siggins Miller abby.haslehurst@sigginsmiller.com.au

Resources for General Practice

Canrefer

 

If a patient is suspected of having a diagnosis of cancer, Canrefer can be used by General Practitioners to find the most appropriate specialist to refer to dependent on cancer type. Canrefer also provides GPs with information on recommended cancer centres that specialise in treating complex cancers. Visit their website at www.canrefer.org.au

 

EviQ

 

EviQ is a free resource to aid health professionals in the delivery of cancer treatments. Information fact sheets to assist GPs can be found here: https://www.eviq.org.au/clinical-resources/health-professional-fact-sheets
Multidisciplinary Care (MDC)

 

Multidisciplinary care (MDC) Is considered best practice In the treatment planning and care for patients with cancer. MDC Involves all relevant health professionals discussing options and making joint decisions about treatment and supportive care plans. Visit https://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/clinical-best-practice/multidisciplinary-care/all-about-multidisciplinary-care/principles-multidisciplinary-care