Welcome to Breast Services. This site has general information on breast cancer and related topics and useful links. This is a free information service all the better for your ideas, comments and assistance. Please contact us or telephone 0412 169664 if you are able to join our volunteer team in updating, editing and maintaining the content in this or any other area of the Hume Health and Lifestyle Website.
The original content for these pages was developed by the Hume Services Enhancement Program which ended on 30th June 2004. See Background below for more information about this amazing project.
The Hume Breast Services Enhancement Program ended on 30th June 2004. The following gives an outline of where and who was involved with this program during 2000 – 2004. Any enquiries about this program and/or current programs should be directed to the Cancer Co-ordination Unit of the Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Division , State Government Department of Human Services , Victoria, Australia.
Who is BreastCare Victoria?
BreastCare Victoria is an organisation that has been established to oversee the redevelopment of breast care services in Victoria. It is an initiative of the Victorian Government, and is located within the Department of Human Services.
BreastCare Victoria comprises a central Coordination Unit, an expert Advisory Committee, and a range of state-wide programs and projects across Victoria. BreastCare Victoria acts as a funding and coordinating body for specific quality improvement initiatives in the breast disease arena.
There is a strong focus on meeting the needs of women with breast cancer, and consumer participation is an important aspect of all BreastCare Victoria programs and initiatives.
The work of BreastCare Victoria is guided by a government strategy, the Breast Disease Service Redevelopment Strategy, which aims to improve breast services in line with evidence-based best practice. The overall aim of the Strategy is to achieve an integrated state-wide system which meets the needs of women with breast cancer and benign disease at all stages of their care.
HUME Breast Services Enhancement Program
Hume Breast Services Enhancement Program (BSEP) is funded by the DHS to establish a model of breast care services in line with established best practice, building upon existing practices within the Hume Region, to maximise the quality, accessibility and co-ordination of breast disease services.
Hume BSEP encompasses a large geographical area of central, NE and northern Victoria. Within the Hume region there are 3 large centres, Wodonga/Albury, Shepparton/Goulburn Valley and Wangaratta/Benalla. The region boasts a range of breast care services including Surgeons, Oncologists, Radiologists, Breast Care Nurses, Oncology Nurses, General Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Pathologists and breast cancer support groups and volunteers.
The Hume BSEP Management Team comprises:
Lead Clinician: Mr. David Dalton Project Leader: Ms Geraldine Webster, Chief Nursing Officer, GV Health, SheppartonProject Coordinator: Ms Kate Cuss Project Officer: Ms Nerida Woodcock
The Hume BSEP Management Team supports an Executive Committee consisting of 2 representatives from each area, a Steering Committee which consists of 5 representatives from each area and meets every 5-6 weeks, and each major centre then has it’s own Working Group which meets as required, monthly or bi-monthly.
BSEP Project AIMS:
The aims of this project are to develop and implement strategies to enhance breast services in the Hume region by addressing the key issues identified as:
Access for women living in the Hume region with particular emphasis on those living outside the main centers,
Identification of and coordination between the agencies that provide women with breast services in the Hume region
Monitoring of breast services in the Hume region to ensure accordance with current best practice
The key activities of the Hume BSEP focus upon these 3 issues:
1. The development and implementation of Multi-disciplinary Care models in both the Goulburn Valley and also Murray Valley. The overall aim of these Clinics is to enhance the model of care used for women with breast cancer. There is evidence which shows that women with breast cancer who are cared for by a Multi-disciplinary team have improved outcomes. The Multi-disciplinary Care Clinic consists of a team of dedicated experts which includes Breast Care Nurses, Surgeons, Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Radiologists, Pathologists and GPs.
2. The promotion and development of the Breast Care Nurse role , particularly through Breast Care Nurse Professional Networking Days which aim:
- to organise an opportunity for the many breast care nurses within the Hume Region to associate and develop referral networks.
- to provide an educational opportunity to discuss current practice and review new breast care issues. The initial Breast Care Nurse Professional Networking Day was held in August 2000, and have been occuring quarterly since then.
3. Communication, information and support for clinicians and consumers through sub projects such as a Consumer Needs Assessment, creation of a Resource Directory and complimentary Website for clinicians and consumers, and a GP Mapping Survey to ascertain exactly where women are receiving treatment.