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VICS Optimal Care Summits

The VICS Optimal Care Summits program (previously known as the Victorian Tumour Summits) is an initiative of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS) – a network of nine services across Victoria that connect health professionals and other stakeholders to improve care and support for all people affected by cancer. VICS are supported by the Victorian Government. 

As a strategy of the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020–2024, Tumour Summits support the implementation of Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs). Evidence, engagement findings, and statewide data is provided for benchmarking against OCP guidelines and between different geographic regions in the state. There are currently 18 tumour-type-specific OCPs.

Multidisciplinary clinical working groups are formed to guide the planning of each summit, oversee data analysis and presentation, and guide the refinement of recommendations linked to the OCP guidelines. Clinical working groups comprise cancer clinicians based in metropolitan, rural and regional settings. 

The team

The VICS Optimal Care Summits program and team are administered by the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) on behalf of VICS. NEMICS Manager Linda Nolte provides oversight of the program. VICS Communications Manager James Shirvill coordinates communications.

The program is undergoing redesign and will reopen during 2023. 


Steering Committee

  • Karen Botting (DH)

  • Spiri Galetakis (DH)

  • Stewart Harper (GRICS)

  • Dr Dishan Herath (WCMICS)

  • Dr Jeremy Millar (SMICS)

  • Alison Patrick (BSWRICS)

  • Seleena Sherwell (SMICS)

  • Dr Craig Underhill (HRICS)

  • Dr Zee Wan Wong (SMICS)

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