MPCCC projects involve multi-disciplinary clinicians and researchers from across MPCCC partner organisations. These projects aim to:
- Support pre-clinical research
- Identify and address gaps in cancer research and services
- Facilitate the translation of research into clinical care
- Use robust data to determine future priorities
Current MPCCC projects include:
Collection of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient reported experience measures (PREMs) assists clinicians with identifying patient’s symptoms or concerns and facilitates appropriate management. In addition to improving care and patient satisfaction, the data collected can inform health service planning and quality improvements for future patients. Two complementary pilot projects will serve as a foundation for a broader implementation of PROMs and PREMs data collection across MPCCC partners and, in future, sites outside our region.
The MPCCC Precision Oncology Program aims to provide an integrated, comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary platform for clinicians to apply precision medicine in a manner that supports excellence in patient care. This will give patients equitable access to the latest technologies involving genomic tumour profiling. Molecular Tumour Board meetings and the Precision Oncology Seminar Series will be key components of the program, encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration which drives innovation and excellence in patient care.
Clinical depression and anxiety are poorly recognised and treated in the cancer setting. International studies have determined that around 73% of cases go undetected, resulting in significant distress and reduced quality of life for patients. A shortage of hospital-based psychiatrists and psycho-oncologists in MPCCC partner health services presented an opportunity to use shared-care as an approach to increase accessibility of these services, outside the hospital context and close to where patients live. MPCCC’s pilot shared-care model for cancer related depression involves hospital-based oncologists and psycho-oncologists, specialty-trained community-based psychologists and General Practitioners, working together to provide a co-ordinated system of care.
Cancer patients who live in MPCCC’s neighbouring region of Gippsland currently need to travel long distances to access clinical trials, and some have significantly poorer outcomes than cancer patients in metropolitan Melbourne. Monash Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital have identified an opportunity to work together to address these inequalities by improving access to clinical trials for patients in the Gippsland region through a tele-trials model and the establishment of Latrobe Regional Hospital as an independent trials site.