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The WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network (WACPCN)

International Conference on Cancer Nursing Poster Presentations

The WA statewide Cancer Nurse Coordination Service (CNC) presented two current projects in posters at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing held in Hong Kong in September. Both posters generated significant interest.

  • Introduction of the Gastro-Referral Pathway –maximising early cancer nurse coordination presented a streamlined referral, diagnosis and staging pathway for colorectal cancer patients from point of entry at colonoscopy.
  • Responding to Telephone Patient Reported Change in Clinical Status; An Innovative Approach won the poster award in the non-research section. The nurse-led working party developed an algorithm for escalation of care with supporting policy to provide governance, promote standardisation of practice and enhance quality and safety in regards to responding to patient reported changes in clinical status over the telephone.

The CNC comprises metropolitan CNCs, based in the WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network, and rural CNCs, based at WA Country Health Service.

Advance Care Planning Seminar

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network (WACPCN) and Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) co-hosted an Advanced Care Planning seminar for approximately 100 service providers at Royal Street on 29 September 2016. The seminar was opened by Chief Medical Officer Professor Gary Geelhoed, with Debra Casey from OPA outlining the guardianship and administration system and future planning documents such as Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Guardianship. Kim Greeve from WACPCN presented an overview of Advance Care Planning and Advance Health Directives. The session was attended by service providers from a range of health sectors and others via video conference, who generated a number of questions for both presenters and valuable information for all who attended.

(Photo: Kim Greeve (WACPCN) and Debra Casey (OPA))

Kim Greeve (WACPCN) and Debra Casey (OPA)

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Progress on the development of the new National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) continues with the passing of Bills to support the new Register by both Houses of Parliament on 13 October, with Royal Assent granted on 20 October 2016. The NCSR will support both the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the National Cervical Screening Program and will be operated by Telstra Health. The 'go-live' date for the bowel component of the NCSR is 20 March 2017; cervical will follow in May 2017 and align with the implementation of the renewed cervical program. The Australian Government Department of Health is driving the implementation of the NCSR and continues to liaise with relevant stakeholders. More information can be found on the National Cancer Screening Register website (External website).