At Western Victoria Primary Health Network we are committed to supporting optimal cancer care pathways and improving our cancer screening rates throughout the region, by working with primary health care professionals.

Improving Cancer Screening in Primary Health grant program

Do you have an innovative idea to improve cancer screening in your practice and meet the outcomes of the project?

Western Victoria PHN is pleased to announce an initiative to improve data quality and cancer screening rates for general practices in western Victoria, as part of the Community-led Cancer Screening Program (CLCSP).

The CLCSP aims to increase participation in bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programs by building capacity within primary care settings and facilitating targeted community-led interventions. There are four Victorian Primary Health Networks participating in the program - Western Victoria, Murray, North Western Melbourne and Gippsland.

About the grants

The Improving Cancer Screening in Primary Health grant program aims to support general practices reach their under screened/ never screened population for bowel, breast and/ or cervical cancer screening programs through an innovative and population based focus.

Eligible general practices with innovative quality improvement ideas to improve cancer screening in one or all of the three National Screening Programs: bowel, breast and cervical are invited to apply for the grant.

Successful practices in the project will receive:

  • Support through clinic visits to improve data quality, recall/ reminder systems and evaluating patient outcomes and feedback
  • A grant of up to $6,000 excluding GST to facilitate the practice's innovative quality improvement idea to improve cancer screening for bowel, breast and/ or cervical cancer
  • Opportunities to attend free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in cancer screening, patient centred care, evaluation, etc. with cost of travel to the CPD events covered in addition to the grant.  A travel application form will be provided to successful practices.

Application details

Please read through this Expression of Interest pack and complete the form.  Applications close Friday 26 October 2018.

Cancer screening programs

Cancer screening is a preventative measure and detects early signs of cancer before symptoms are present. There are three national screening programs:

  1. National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  2. BreastScreen Australia
  3. National Cervical Screening Program.

Optimal Care Pathways

Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) are national guides that describe the best possible cancer care for patients with specific types of cancer. The pathways describe the key stages in a patient’s cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care, and the expected optimal care at each stage to ensure all people diagnosed with cancer get the best care, regardless of where they live or have cancer treatment.

OCPs have been developed for 15 cancer types.  For each cancer pathway there are three versions:

  • A detailed clinical pathway for cancer specialists, health professionals and health service administrators
  • Quick reference guide for GPs – to familiarise GPs and primary care providers with the care pathway
  • Patient ‘what to expect’ guides – to assist patients and people affected by cancer to understand the care pathway and what to expect at each stage.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network are working with the Integrated Cancer Services to ensure the OCPs are embedded into standard practice across all services to improve the patient cancer care experiences.

Please refer to Grampians Integrated Cancer Service and Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service for more details of their work.

For further information on the OCPs and the work being done, please visit the Victorian PHN Alliance website.  

Cancer support services

Cancer Council Victoria offer a range of free information and support services to help manage the impact of cancer for either you, your patients, their family, friends or colleagues on 13 11 20.

This call will link you to an experienced and understanding Cancer Council nurse for a confidential conversation about anything cancer related.

This may include:

  • Access to information
  • Connection with support services for financial, legal, workplace, transport, accommodation and respite needs
  • Finding out about one-on-one or group support from others who’ve been through similar experiences (over the phone, online or in person). 

Useful website and resources


For further information please contact:

Kirsten Hausknecht
Cancer Lead
Tel: 5304 5640