Investigating practices relating to malnutrition in Victorian cancer services (Phase I-III)

The Malnutrition in Victorian Cancer Services (VCS) project began in 2011 and involves a collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services and 15 Victorian health services across the public and private sectors, led by the Peter Mac Nutrition Team.

This project has successfully overseen the completion of a number of statewide and local improvement projects to examine and address systemic and local barriers to providing timely and appropriate nutrition care for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Phase I (2011–2012) involved a large statewide malnutrition point prevalence study and identification of health service governance and clinician education needs. Phase II (2013–2014) involved a repeat malnutrition point prevalence study, development of a malnutrition governance toolkit and cancer malnutrition eLearning package, as well as 17 local improvement projects across the participating health services. Phase III (2015–2017) is currently underway and involves four projects including the rollout of the eLearning package and governance toolkit into health services, implementing a sustainability methodology for the point prevalence study, improving malnutrition identification in the CALD population and food services models to support management of malnutrition.

Sponsor

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Funding

Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Principal Investigator/s

Ms Jenelle Loeliger, Head of Department

Contact details

Ms Jenelle Loeliger

Principle Investigator - Head of Department, Nutrition

Email: [email protected]

Publications, presentations and other

Phase I

  • European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Conference, 2012
  • Australian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Conference, 2012
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Conference, 2012
  • International Congress of Dietetics, 2012
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Allied Health Symposium, 2012
  • Talking about the ‘C’ word, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 2013

Phase II

  • Dietitians Association of Australia Conference 2015
  • National Allied Health Conference 2015
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Conference 2015
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Allied Health Symposium, 2015
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Conference 2014
Project group: 
Nutrition Research