Organisation: Monash University

Contact Person: Prof. John Zalcberg

Contact Email Address: john.zalcberg@monash.edu 

Abstract

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Victoria. The Victorian Lung Cancer Registry (VLCR) has completed a successful pilot at 10 participating sites, collecting data on diagnosis, care and patient outcomes. Early data show variation in timeliness of lung cancer care between public, private, metropolitan and regional hospitals; major differences in screening for supportive care needs and multi-disciplinary meeting presentation. Despite the provision of benchmarked reports to participating sites, identified issues are usually remedied locally and in isolation. This project proposes to rapidly expand the VLCR to 30 sites, capturing almost all Victorians diagnosed and treated for lung cancer. It would further develop an investigative process for low and high performing sites to identify the reasons for variation on key performance indicators, establish an annual forum to share learnings, build relationships with Integrated Cancer Services and formulate recommendations to the Victorian government to assist policy makers. It is anticipated that this expansion of sites and new model of clinical registry collaboration would improve the quality of lung cancer care across Victoria.