Monash Health’s Oncopain Clinic announced as finalist for the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards

vpha-feature-image The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare. Monash Health’s Oncopain Clinic has been announced as a 2017 finalist  in the category of Secretary’s Award for improving integration of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.

The Oncopain Clinic is a new outpatient-based initiative which allows for rapid assessment, review and coordination of treatment for patients with refractory cancer pain. Through the Oncopain Clinic, the Supportive and Palliative Care (SPC) team at Monash Health provides timely multidisciplinary care to those with poorly controlled or refractory pain through early identification and referral.  The multidisciplinary team comprises SPC, Oncology, Interventional Radiology, Pain Services and Hospital in the Home (HITH). The ethos of the initiative is: to improve quality of life by timely access to pain management strategies, reducing suffering and hospital admission rates to keep patients where they want to be – in their own home.

“We are most honoured by this nomination. We all believe that through this initiative we can be proactive in improving pain management for cancer patients, leading to a better quality of life for patients and their carers, whilst reducing disruptions in their cancer treatment,” Associate Professor Peter Poon, Director Supportive and Palliative Care said.

“This is a great example of close collaborative interdisciplinary care and what we can achieve at Monash Health given the strong relationships between specialities and disciplines, and the support by executive.”