The objective of the VCCC Clinical and Research Programs is to create a world-class centre of excellence in cancer care. These programs have promoted the international impact of the VCCC.
Clinical Services Audit
VCCC clinical members have undertaken an audit that identified around 75,000 new cancer cases seen over the last 5 years, and delivered around 1.7 million occasions of clinical care to cancer patients, including over 110,000 chemotherapy treatments. For some cancers like sarcomas, 60% of cases in Victoria are seen by VCCC members, who also see 40% of lymphomas and head and neck cancers and 30% of brain tumours. VCCC members have well developed links to a number of rural and regional centres for cancer including Bendigo, Shepparton, and Albury-Wodonga. This clinical activity is comparable to major cancer centres world-wide and allows new models of care to reach many patients, as well as enabling patients to enter clinical trials of the most promising new cancer therapies.
Lung Cancer Clinical Audit
In 2015, the VCCC and WCMICS undertook a clinical audit in lung cancer across partner hospitals to provide reliable information to clinicians and health administrators on patient care and outcomes. The audit evaluated clinical activity, process and outcomes data against clinically relevant indicators to help participating hospitals identify areas for improvement. The aim of the audit was to influence system wide change in lung cancer care and treatment to ultimately reduce variations and improve patient outcomes.
Linked Data Sets Project
A data linkage project is currently underway. This project will allow VCCC clinical and costing data to be linked to the Victorian Admitted Episodes (VAED) set and the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR), Elective Surgery Information Systems (ESIS), Victorian Radiotherapy Minimum Data Set (VRMDS), Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD) and the Victorian Death Index (VDI). Ethics approval has been received to proceed with this linkage.
This project will provide a complete data set of the patient’s experience outside VCCC member institutions and avoid double counting. It will provide part of the research platform for beginning the work on health services research.