Between 30% and 40% of children and adolescents treated by the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Cancer Centres are from regional areas. The Regional Outreach and Shared Care Program (ROSCP) is a program that facilitates the transition between the primary treating hospital and the regional centres caring for children and adolescents with cancer. The program provides opportunities for shared care and ensures there are agreed levels of training and standards of care for medical, nursing, allied health and supportive services. This program is supported by the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation.
Shared Care Partners
Formalised relationships/agreements are in place with nine regional centres. There are different levels of shared care across regional centres. Once agreement is achieved regarding the range of services and support to be offered by the regional centre, a series of educational, clinical and mentoring opportunities are implemented for medical, nursing and allied health staff. Each regional centre nominates a number of nurses from their paediatric ward, to be the ambassador link nurses for the program, sharing all care associated with paediatric oncology patients.
Formal regional partnerships of this program include:
- Albury Wodonga Health (Albury Base Hospital)
- Ballarat Health Services (Ballarat Base Hospital)
- Barwon Health (University Hospital Geelong)
- Bendigo Health (Bendigo Hospital)
- Goulburn Valley Health (Shepparton Hospital)
- Latrobe Regional Hospital (Traralgon)
- Peninsula Health (Frankston Hospital)
- Northeast Health Wangaratta
- South West Healthcare (Warrnambool Base Hospital).