They describe the key steps in a patient’s cancer journey and expected standards of care at each stage. They aim to improve patient outcomes by promoting quality cancer care and ensuring that all people diagnosed with cancer receive the best care, regardless of where they live or receive cancer treatment.
The pathways also ensure that those providing care understand how to coordinate the patient care between each stage. The Optimal Cancer Care Pathways were developed through consultation with a wide range of expert multidisciplinary teams, peak health organisations, consumers and carers. They are nationally endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group (includes representation from each jurisdiction and nationally), Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia. The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and COAG Health Council have endorsed 15 Optimal Cancer Care Pathways as of February 2018.
- A Framework for Optimal Cancer Care Pathways in Practice
- Communications Strategy
- Data Guidance Tables
- Jurisdictional Report Template
- Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis Tool
- Key Messages
- Communications Planning Tool
- Sample Communications Brief
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Optimal Cancer Care Pathways Presentation
- Optimal Cancer Care Pathways