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Authors

S Turley (Lead)

M Cumming

 

Aims

  • Promote CCC throughout primary health care system and specialist services inside and outside local region - as the initial referral point to local cancer services.
  • Improve communication strategies between care providers across cancer services, and other services to ensure continuity of care for patients, locally and beyond.
  • Maintain and support profile of cancer services in Broken Hill
  • Develop and implement CCRP into general practice.

Method

Step 1: Scoping study to map services, identify gaps and delineate referral pathways.

Step 2: Development of Cancer Care Referral Pathway CCRP (funding through CINSW) across GP practices in Broken Hill (including Maari Ma Aboriginal Health & Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Step 3: Public launch and implementation of CCRP

Step 4: Project Evaluation – formal evaluation of the project is currently underway.

Results

The promotional strategy resulted in an increase in referrals to CCRP over a two year period: 2012-13 n= 53, 2013-14 n= 148. New referral sources to CCC came from medical sources n >50 (37 were patient self referrals). Improved communication through the CCRP and the integration of care between health services has resulted in patients reporting increased benefits from care co-ordination at a local level.

Implications

Sustainability

Even when a rural cancer service is without direct medical oncology services, locally co-ordinated care can be established through strong partnerships and referral pathways. This relationship building has direct benefits for patients and carers as it uses local services and a sustained collaborative approach to patient centred care.

Transferability

The cancer care referral pathway can be used in other rural locations where capacity exists for CCC to assist cancer patients with care coordination.