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Statewide geriatric oncology scoping project

Led by SMICS, the Statewide Geriatric Oncology Scoping Project aimed to gain a comprehensive understanding of available guidelines and screening and assessment resources for use with older people with cancer and existing Australian geriatric oncology services that could be used to inform future geriatric oncology initiatives in Victoria.

A high-level international literature review and mapping of geriatric oncology services and models of care across Australia culminated in a multidisciplinary workshop in November 2019. The project recommended that:

  • the use of geriatric oncology screening tools becomes standardised across Victoria
  • wherever possible, a multidisciplinary approach be provided in services for older people with cancer
  • more educational opportunities are offered for both clinicians and older patients with cancer.

Priority areas for future work in the cancer sector were prioritised and are being considered by Victorian Integrated Cancer Services.