Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS) engaged HMA to assist with the development of a regional cancer services plan including stakeholder engagement workshops. In 2021 GRCCC received funding from the Victorian Department of Health to undertake clinical service planning that can guide service development in the region with the aim of improving the quality of service delivery in alignment with the goals set out in the Victorian Cancer Plan (2024). Key tasks included:
- Facilitation of three regional engagement workshops (Central, Southern and Eastern) with key stakeholders including health service CEOs, executives and clinical staff. The focus of the workshops was to identify local needs for cancer services, current issues/barriers/gaps and ways to strengthen relationships between regional health service’s cancer services.
- Follow-up consultation with stakeholders unable to attend the workshops including clinical staff and consumer representatives for each sub-region.
- Data analysis of current service delivery and projected future demand based on cancer incidence and mortality and population growth projections.
- Thematic analysis of consultation feedback and development of potential options for ongoing service improvements.
- Rating of potential options by agreed prioritisation criteria including management of future demands, increasing service capabilities, improved referral and repatriation pathways and care closer to home.
- Facilitation of a prioritisation workshop with key stakeholders to prioritise the potential options and identify agreed key priorities for cancer services in Gippsland.
- Triangulation of all previously gained information into a service planning report suitable for submission to the Department of Health.
The project commenced in June 2022 and was completed in November 2022.