Statewide survivorship care work

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) have led multiple statewide, large-scale funded survivorship care projects, with the broad aim of improving cancer survivorship care across Victoria. This page describes various projects that the ACSC has led after receiving external funding. This page also includes information about the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program (VCSP). 

Embed and Spread Optimal Cancer Survivorship Care across Victoria 2020-2022 

The information below provides a summary of activity and results of the Embed and spread optimal cancer survivorship care across Victoria (Embed and spread) project. This project was funded by the Victorian Government from 2020 – 2022 and incorporated Project 1: Virtual roadshow and baseline survey, and Project 2: Expansion of 

Project 1: Virtual roadshow and baseline survey (September 2020 – March 2022) 

  • Delivered webinars on cancer survivorship care to 20 Victorian health services 

  • Collected baseline data on cancer survivorship care practices from 20 health services and provided a summary report with recommendations to enhance care 

  • Supported 7 services to implement a survivorship quality improvement initiative 

  • Collected follow-up data to evaluate project impact 

The Victorian Survivorship Care Data Report 2022 provides de-identified comparative statewide data of the 20 Victorian health services that participated in the baseline site survey, as part of the Embed and spread project. The report includes data on: 

  • Presence of a survivorship care policy 

  • Models of survivorship care 

  • Use of survivorship care plans 

  • Information provision 

  • Use of needs assessment tools  

  • Availability of services to support survivorship issues 

  • Collection of survivorship outcome data 

  • Strengths and challenges with the provision of survivorship care 

Project 2: Expansion of (February 2021 – December 2021) 

Expanded from 3 to 6 cancer types, now available for: 

  • Early-stage breast cancer
  • Early-stage bowel cancer 
  • Localised prostate cancer 
  • Early-stage melanoma 
  • Uterine cancer (endometrial) 
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (diffuse large B-cell)   

Victorian Statewide Collaboration to Improve Cancer Survivorship Care 2022-2024

Victorian Integrated Cancer Service (VICS) funding was approved to allow VICS and the ACSC to start a strategic collaboration to co-design and implement a statewide approach to survivorship care. This will be a 24-month program of work, April 2022 – March 2024, with three broad project objectives: 

  1. Address VICS Implementation Plan area 8a. Facilitate high quality survivorship care through supporting member services to ensure appropriate policies are in place. Specifically, the Victorian Quality Cancer Survivorship Care Framework and Template (2021)
  2. Address VICS Implementation Plan area 8b. Facilitate high quality survivorship care through collaborating to implement survivorship care models. 
  3. Improve VICS and member services’ confidence, capacity and capability around survivorship care. 

An experience-based co-design approach will be utilised throughout project delivery and learnings and momentum created by the Embed and spread project will be leveraged. Specifically, in co-designing the approach to achieving Objective 2, we will be guided by what hospitals told us in the Embed and spread baseline site survey regarding their survivorship care practices and what they would like further support on. 

Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program 

The VCSP grants scheme represents a significant investment by the Department of Health that has supported a diverse program of survivorship activity in Victoria since 2011. 

The first phase of VCSP (2011-2014) funded six pilot projects, with a focus on trialling collaborative models of care across acute, primary and community care sectors. 

In 2016, an evaluation of VCSP I was undertaken. 

To support consistent reporting from funded projects, an evaluation and outcomes framework was developed in 2016. 

Building on the success of VCSP, the second phase (2016-2019) funded 24 projects with a focus on six objectives: implement models of post-treatment care shared across acute and primary care; create effective partnerships and capacity building; improve experiences in the post-treatment phase; contribute to the survivorship evidence base; understand the needs of specific groups; and evaluate all models with reference to the evaluation and outcomes framework. 

Evaluation of the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program Phase II 

In 2019, a whole program evaluation of VCSP II was undertaken, which considered the VCSP II evaluation and outcomes framework and involved a broad range of stakeholders. The bulk of this was done externally by Alison Coughlan, following a tender process. The evaluation has resulted in two reports that cover the work of the VCSP II projects, up to May 2019: 

This report provides key evaluation findings and recommendations. It includes some background and context for VCSP II, including the lessons learned from VCSP I that shaped VCSP II design. The key evaluation findings are mapped to the six overarching objectives of VCSP II. 

For more information on VCSP, contact the ACSC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Department of Health website.