Optimal Care Pathways

Improving quality cancer care through optimal care pathways


Client:  Department of Health

Project duration:  12 months

Project description:

Nationally consistent best practice pathways are critical to reducing variation in cancer care. The national Optimal Cancer Care Pathways describe the key steps in a patient’s cancer journey and expected standards of care at each stage. They were endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and COAG Health Council over 2015-2016.

In collaboration with the National Cancer Expert Reference Group (NCERG) and the Department of Health, ZEST Health Strategies developed a Framework and interactive online package of tools to support the early adoption and uptake of Optimal Cancer Care Pathways by cancer services across Australia.

The Framework includes:

  • Communications strategy and key messaging
  • Stakeholder mapping and analysis tools
  • Data guidance tables and reporting templates
  • Communication planning tools
  • Factsheets and FAQs

Explore the package here.


Project team:  Sue Sinclair  |  Stephanie Dick  |  Neal Thompson

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