Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

National clinical practice guidelines on the management and treatment of cancer are available from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) website.  Please click on the link below to access the NHMRC publications relating to cancer:

Link: National Health and Medical Research Council: Publications relating to Cancer

More generally, the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) prescribe national standards that drive safety and quality improvements in Australian health care.  Please click on the following link to access the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website.

Link: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 

Optimal Care Pathways

The optimal care pathways (OCPs) are national guides to promote best practice cancer care for specific tumour types. The resources describe the key stages in a patient’s cancer journey and expected standards of care at each step. 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 optimal care pathways were developed by clinical experts in collaboration with consumers, and have been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Cancer Australia, Cancer Council Australia, and the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC).