Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS) is one of nine Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) that were formed across Victoria in response to recommendations of the document A cancer services framework for Victoria (2003). The ICS are funded by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services and consist of three metropolitan, five regional and a statewide paediatric ICS.
The GRICS program was implemented as a joint venture involving 16 health partners across the Gippsland region with Latrobe Regional Hospital acting as host agency. Under its governance structure, GRICS holds no direct authority over its member agencies working instead to achieve improved service outcomes by fostering strong working relationships with its membership and stakeholders.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2020
Improving patient experiences and outcomes by connecting cancer care and driving best practice.
The ICS will achieve the vision by:
- Understanding the needs of people affected by cancer
- Building and support collaboration between health professionals, health services and consumers
- Driving quality improvement in cancer care
- Supporting development of the cancer workforce
- Facilitating system-wide engagement in cancer research
1. A networked cancer care system
- Link services involved in cancer care (across all sectors including cancer centres, health services, community organisations), and work with these services and health professionals to align priorities
- Strengthen linkages between metropolitan and regional cancer service providers
- Engage consumers and communities in the work of the ICS
2. High quality cancer care
- Implement the Optimal Cancer Care pathways including improvements to multidisciplinary care, supportive care and care coordination
- Analyse available data and information of relevant clinical evidence/innovation and disseminate it to drive quality improvement
- Support providers to apply cost-benefit considerations to care/service planning and delivery
- Continue state-wide tumour summits to drive consistent care care across tumour streams
- Continue to drive improvements in the patient experience of cancer care
- Continue to support workforce development initiatives
3. Research-informed cancer care system
- Encourage providers to participate in clinical trial programs
- Support health services research
- Foster robust evaluation of cancer programs, models of care and ICS initiatives.
GRICS ANNUAL REPORTS