GPs needed for major hospital breast cancer review

  18 December 2023  Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

The chief executives of 3 of Melbourne’s major hospitals invite general practitioners to join working groups designed to improve breast cancer screening and treatment.

The working groups – which will run for about 3 months, starting in early 2024 – will involve clinicians recruited from relevant fields, and are part of a service review being conducted with the view of improving the provision of care for people affected by cancer and other related breast conditions.

The review is overseen by the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

It proceeds from the knowledge that there is already an excellent service provided across the inner Melbourne hospital precinct, but acknowledges that, as with most services, there is always room for improvement.

To further this, 3 working groups will begin in January, aiming to discover how to enhance pathways, reduce fragmentation and duplication, and improve the patient and family experience across the continuum of care.

The goal is to create a coordinated, cohesive, and seamless service that meets the holistic needs of cancer patients, carers, and families. By collaborating and leveraging expertise, lessons, systems and resources, the precinct will further bolster its delivery of world-leading breast cancer treatment and care.

Organisers are keen to recruit a GP to sit on each of the working groups. These will cover:

  • Screening and risk assessment management
  • Treatment of early disease
  • Advanced disease: relapse through to palliative care

Participants will be remunerated. They will need to commit to about 10 to 15 hours of work across the 3-month period, including meetings and pre-reading. Meetings can be face-to-face or virtual, depending on participant preference and schedules.

If you would like to take part in this exciting and valuable review, please email kate.shanahan@petermac.org for more information. Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10 January, 2024.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.