Data Leadership: Inspiring clinicians to improve cancer services in Queensland
The Cancer Alliance Queensland model is unique to addressing cancer, cooperating and collaborating across health services, jurisdictions and organisations.
The Cancer Alliance Queensland aims to accelerate action on cancer control for all Queenslanders with cancer, in both the public and private sector.
Since 2004 we have pursued a single goal; clinician-led service improvement. When faced with difficult technology, data and information and clinical issues, we listened and were guided by the views of clinicians, patients and others.
Seventeen years of shared effort has yielded results and key learnings related to effecting systemic change through unique modes of collaboration, innovative technologies and improving the experience for Queenslanders with cancer and their families. Our goal is to translate what we have learned about the successes and barriers to change, to impact practice at the grass roots level across Queensland for the benefit of all people with cancer.
Our efforts are collectively focused on the long-term objectives of reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the likelihood of dying from cancer, evaluating outcomes and improving the quality of life of those affected by cancer. Our work spans the continuum of cancer control from diagnosis to multidisciplinary care through to cancer treatment, end of life and survivorship and cuts across that continuum with initiatives to monitor and improve cancer system performance and mobilise evidence to drive service improvements.
Central to this effort is influencing health system administrative structures and policies from the grassroots level to meaningfully create systemic change that measurably supports patient and family needs. Our data tells us that Queensland cancer services generally perform well compared to other states and internationally, however there is room for improvement. The health inequities are greatest for those living in rural and remote communities and between the public and private sectors.
Today hundreds of clinicians across Queensland are demonstrating their commitment to safe quality cancer care by embracing systems such as QOOL and participating in Partnership activities.
Though we are still growing and now have many responsibilities, we always want to stay true to our roots: clinician-led service improvement. The Cancer Alliance Queensland is a recognised innovator, convener, and a trustworthy partner; the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change cancer care for the better.
Have you got an idea, a question or you just want to say hello, we'd love to hear from you.
Email us at CancerAllianceQld@health.qld.gov.au.