New holistic and sustainable models of follow-up are required for increasing numbers of Victorians who survive bowel cancer.
SMICS and NEMICS commenced a three year project to implement colorectal cancer shared care follow-up in June 2016. Funded by the Victorian Department of Health (Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program), the project will pilot shared care between Monash Health and Eastern Health Colorectal Services and general practices.
Primary care, consumers and acute cancer services will partner to design a model of care to provide patients with:
- risk assessed, guideline-directed follow-up, coordinated between specialists and GPs
- assistance with physical, emotional, social and practical needs after treatment
- support to improve their health and reduce their risk of cancer recurrence due to lifestyle factors (smoking, diet, exercise)
- carer support
Cross-sector collaboration and education will support development of a model with potential wider application across the Eastern and wider Primary Health Network regions.
Colorectal Surgery Service Monash Health: Mr Brian Hodgkins
South Eastern Health Providers Association (SEHPA): Ms Mary Matthews
Colorectal Surgery Service Eastern Health: Mr James Keck
Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (PHN) : Ms Narelle Quinn
Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service: Ms Heather Davis
North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service: Ms Katherine Simons