WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network (WACPCN) is a group of individuals and organisations committed to improving the patient experience for people with cancer or who are accessing palliative care services. It leads and influences equitable access to cancer control and end of life care in Western Australia through a system of supporting, guiding and delivering high-quality cancer prevention, screening, early detection, cancer treatment and palliative care policy and initiatives.

The Network also provides advice to cancer and palliative care planning services in WA.

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network structure

The WACPCN is led by Associate Professor, Co-Director and Director of Nursing Violet Platt and Principal Medical Advisor and Co-Director Dr David Ransom.

It has several clinical experts who lead groups that dedicate their time and expertise to clinical reforms related to specific cancers and palliative care. The Network also obtains guidance from stakeholders and a number of reference groups formed for required periods of time to advise on specific projects.

Cancer

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network provides a range of services, models of care and resources to support people diagnosed with cancer, as well as their friends, families and carers.

It provides diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services as well as specialised cancer services related to the part of the body affected by cancer.

It also provides assistance relating to the availability of transport, psychological care, parking, patient advocacy and multicultural services.

Services include:

For more information on cancer services, search the National Health Services Directory.

Survivorship Collaborative

The WACPCN Survivorship Collaborative was formed to promote optimal recovery of Western Australians after a diagnosis of, and/or treatment for cancer. The collaborative meet four times a year (as a minimum); define a minimum standard of survivorship care for Western Australians with cancer and foster projects that achieve good survivorship care. The collaborative aims include:

  • improving clinical care
  • communication and education
  • research.

The Survivorship Collaborative provides expert advice to the Department of Health, Area Health Services and the WA community. They collaborate with other WACPCN Tumour Collaborates, local and national tumour groups to promote survivorship and care plans.

Models of care and resources

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network develops models of care, optimal care pathways, policy frameworks and guidelines for specific cancer types, to improve care provided to cancer patients.

For patient information or resources about cancer, visit HealthyWA (external site).

WACPCN – Palliative Care Program

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, Palliative Care Program provides strategic, statewide policy direction, coordination and collaboration on initiatives to deliver evidence-based, quality, end-of-life and specialist palliative care services across Western Australia. Some of its projects include:

  • End-of-Life Framework for comprehensive, coordinated care at end-of-life in acute healthcare setting.
  • Advance Health Directives and Advanced Care Planning.
  • Goals of Patient Care – a pilot project and the development of a new, standard form to clarify patient care goals.
  • Care Plan for the Dying Person – supports best practice and quality improvement in care of the dying.
  • Rural Palliative Care Program – aims to increase access for people with life-limiting illness to end-of-life care and specialist palliative care in their region and local community.
  • Paediatrics Palliative Care Service – Non-oncology – a statewide service based within Perth’s paediatric public hospital to provide a consultative service for children with non-malignant conditions aged 0 to 16 years.
  • Specialist Palliative Care Consultancy Service (SPCCS) – an ambulatory specialist palliative care consultancy team providing capacity building for staff caring for patients in residential aged, mental health and disability care facilities and prisons across Perth’s metropolitan area.

Models of care and resources

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, Palliative Care Program produces a range of resources and is actively working towards an integrated statewide model of care for palliative care in Western Australia. The Network is also reviewing all models of care to create 15 tumour specific Optimal Care Pathways for WA to help reduce variation in practice and guide optimal management of people with cancer.

For patient information or resources about palliative care, visit HealthyWA (external site).

More information

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network
Address: 189 Royal Street East Perth
Phone: 9222 0202
Email: wacpcn@health.wa.gov.au