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For health providers

Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre

Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre provides expertise in survivorship care, information, support and education. Its purpose is to support and enable optimal survivorship care.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed a guide for clinicians containing evidence-based strategies to support clinicians to understand and fulfil their responsibilities to cancer patients.

This guide is particularly relevant to Steps 3 to 6 of the optimal care pathway. The guide is titled NSQHS Standards user guide for medication management in cancer care for clinicians

Cancer Australia

Information for health providers including guidelines, cancer learnings, cancer guides, reports, resources, videos, posters and pamphlets.

Cancer Council Australia

Information on prevention, research, treatment and support provided by Australia’s peak independent cancer authority.

CanEAT pathway

A guide to optimal cancer nutrition for people with cancer, carers and health professionals.


A clinical information resource providing health professionals with current evidence-based, peer-maintained, best practice cancer treatment protocols and information relevant to the Australian clinical environment.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. NACCHO provides advice and guidance to the Australian

Government on policy and budget matters and advocates for community-developed solutions that contribute to the quality of life and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Health and Medical Research Council

Information on clinical practice guidelines, cancer prevention and treatment.

National consensus statement: essential elements for safe and high- quality paediatric end-of-life care

Produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the consensus statement  describes the elements that are essential for delivering safe and high-quality end-of-life care to children in acute care settings in Australia.

Optimal care pathway for adolescents and young adults with cancer

At the time of publication, a population based optimal care pathway for adolescents and young adults with cancer was under development. This resource provides a tool to help guide system safety and responsiveness to the unique needs of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer and improve outcomes and experience. It can be used in conjunction with the optimal care pathway for each cancer type.

Quality of Care Collaborative Australia The QuoCCA project delivers paediatric palliative care education to health professionals in urban,

rural, regional and remote areas who may care

for children and young people with palliative and end-of-life care needs.

Thinking ahead framework

The Thinking ahead framework helps plan ahead for interventions that reflect the preferences of the child and their family and the recommendations of the treating team in the event of an acute deterioration.

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Youth Cancer Service

Youth Cancer Services are hospital-based multidisciplinary teams providing care and support for 15–25-year-olds with cancer. There are five Youth Cancer Service lead sites across Australia linked to a network of more than 25 hospitals.

Youth Cancer Services teams conduct outreach and secondary consultations with their colleagues across the health system to support best practice care of young cancer patients, regardless of treatment setting.

Each state/territory adapts this coordinated, multidisciplinary model of care to align with local needs, network structures, local frameworks and broader adult and paediatric service models.

Integration with primary and community-based care is critical both in facilitating referrals into Youth Cancer Service teams and ensuring continuity of care post-treatment.

The overall program is coordinated at the national level by Canteen. This facilitates a consistent national approach to youth cancer care and drives critical national initiatives, including professional development, national data collection and research, improved access to clinical trials and the development and implementation of national guidelines.

Importantly, young people with cancer and their families are engaged and consulted at all stages of development, implementation and delivery of the Youth Cancer Services program to ensure optimal outcomes for young Australian cancer patients (Canteen Australia 2017, p. 8).