We know that people in rural areas diagnosed with cancer may not access multidisciplinary assessment at the time of diagnosis and often have sub-optimal outcomes. CanNET is helping to address these disparities by better engaging general practitioners in cancer care, to support prompt investigation of symptoms, early diagnosis, and timely referral to a multidisciplinary team.
CanNET is about a new way of working that challenges existing professional and organisational boundaries. The establishment of a cancer service network in each jurisdiction requires systems and processes to link groups of health professionals and organisations across the cancer care spectrum. These linkages are helping to ensure that people with cancer are being referred to the most appropriate multidisciplinary care team, at the right time and in the right place, for assessment and treatment planning in accordance with their needs.
CanNET will improve cancer outcomes by ensuring that all cancer care is consumer-focused and that high quality, clinically effective cancer services are provided equitably across a region.
Benefits for people affected by cancer
The CanNET program is ensuring that all states and territories are introducing service improvements, so that people affected by cancer:
- receive timely and best practice assessment and treatment, as close to home as possible without compromising outcomes;
- have access to a Directory of Cancer Services, to ensure their care is planned by the nearest possible, relevant multidisciplinary team;
- have their psychosocial needs acknowledged and have access to appropriate levels of support;
- receive their care from suitably trained health care providers; and
- are more informed about the treatment choices they make.