Towards new models of cancer care in Australia: lessons from Victoria's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Craig Underhill, Phillip Parente, Grant McArthur, Andrew Haydon, Sue Anne McLachlan, Zee Wan Wong, Eva Segelov, Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network

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Abstract

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS), the Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) pooled their combined infrastructure to establish the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN) backed by a Taskforce of expert members. In a few short months, this state-wide clinical network implemented a number of new models of care including clinics to manage acutely presenting cancer patients away from emergency departments, chemotherapy in the home, telehealth models and addressing sustainability of clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1282-1285
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • cancer
  • COVID-19
  • health services administration
  • tele-health

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