Examples of our work: Evidence Collection – Data Collection

Lung Cancer Clinical Audit – Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) engaged HMA to undertake a clinical audit of lung cancer patients across the six partner health services. The scope of the audit included all patients with a newly diagnosed lung cancer in 2013 across diagnosis, care planning, procedures, treatments (including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy), palliative care and outcomes. The aim of the project was to provide reliable information to clinicians and health management on patient care and outcomes. Key tasks included:

  • development of a secure database with an online interface for data capture
  • development, in collaboration with VCCC / WCMICS, of a data dictionary for the audit
  • liaison with relevant hospital staff to obtain routinely collected lung cancer information from each health service
  • data cleansing to align pre-existing data with the data dictionary
  • liaison and scheduling with hospitals and health information managers to conduct a medical records audit of relevant patients (as identified by VCCC / WCMICS)
  • collection of patient data from the hospital medical record (by contracted health information managers)
  • data analysis and benchmarking of appropriate data to international lung cancer statistics, and
  • assessment of the availability of relevant lung cancer data from VCCC / WCMICS partner health services and identification of existing data collection gaps.

This project was completed in March 2016.

A Laboratory Capability Audit of National Notifiable Diseases – Department of Health

The Department of Health engaged HMA to undertake a laboratory capability audit, mapping and scoping project. The project assessed the capability and readiness of Australian laboratories to detect, identify, epidemiologically characterise and conduct additional testing on national notifiable diseases. In addition, the project identified possible opportunities to improve national responsiveness to notifiable diseases, map Australia’s laboratory network, and examine how information is shared and communicated across the network.

Key tasks included:

  • conducting scoping consultations with key stakeholders
  • completing a situation analysis
  • developing a capability survey for Public Health Reference Laboratories, other Public Health Laboratory Network laboratories and private pathology departments
  • conducting national consultations with stakeholders and performing a desktop review of international networks
  • analysing and mapping findings from the capability survey, consultations and desktop review
  • identifying options for improved communication and information sharing between laboratories and compiling these findings in a working paper, and
  • preparing a draft and final report.

This project was completed in August 2016.