The Victorian Tumour Summits project is a Department of Health initiative to facilitate dialogue between clinicians both regionally and in metropolitan Melbourne in order to improve statewide cancer care.
Using the most up-to-date data available on variations in cancer care screening, treatment and outcomes, clinicians then determine areas for priority and generate ideas for clinician-led improvement.
The VTS project is currently looking for two regional and two metro GP leads to join the clinical Working Party for the first Melanoma Summit. The Melanoma Summit recognises the importance of integrating GP knowledge into the discussion in order to bridge the gaps between primary and tertiary health care for patients. This may focus on areas such as coordination of care, referral systems, managing patient needs during treatment and survivorship and sharing MDM treatment recommendations with GPs.
GPs with an interest in skin cancer are encouraged to contact VTS project officer Diana Fayle by email Diana.Fayle@austin.org.au. The expected commitment is approx. four hours of online discussion between September and November, and it is hoped GPs involved will also attend the summit discussion itself on Tue 7 Dec 9am-1pm (online or in-person to be determined). This is an opportunity for GPs to be involved in the first Melanoma Summit and lead the way in integrating primary and tertiary care for patients.