Paediatric oncology care pathways are intended to guide the delivery of consistent, high-quality, evidence-based care for children and adolescents with cancer. The pathways align with key service improvement priorities including providing access to coordinated multidisciplinary care and reducing unwarranted variation in practice.
Documented care pathways map the journey for specific disease/tumour types, aiming to foster an understanding of the whole pathway and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences. These pathways act as a reminder that the patient and family is the constant in the care continuum and that the health system has a responsibility to deliver the care experience in an appropriate and coordinated manner.
The purpose of the paediatric oncology care pathways initiative is to improve outcomes by facilitating consistent cancer care based on a standardised pathway of care.
The Victorian paediatric oncology care pathway: Providing optimal care for children and adolescents, dated June 2017, includes the Victorian paediatric oncology care pathway fundamentals of care, applicable to all tumour streams, and the oncology care pathway for acute leukaemia. The central nervous system and solid tumour oncology care pathways are under development and will be added to this document once complete.