The Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) that map the entire cancer pathway for specific tumour types aim to provide a template for evaluating cancer care programs, as well as foster an understanding of the whole cancer pathway and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences.
The purpose of this OCP for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer is to complement the best practice information provided in the tumour-specific pathways to facilitate the delivery of culturally safe and competent care. This document therefore focuses on the aspects of the cancer care pathway that need to be responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.
The evidence-based principles set out in the tumour-specific pathways have been considered in developing this guidance. These are:
• patient-centred care
• safe and quality care
• multidisciplinary care
• supportive care
• care coordination
• research and clinical trials.
Each of these principles are detailed in this section. They are underpinned by the evidence-based principles and key concepts set out in Cancer Australia’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer framework (2015):
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are engaged and involved throughout the planning, design and delivery of cancer services.
• Patients, families, carers and communities are informed and empowered.
• We are working together towards a common goal.
• Policy and practice is informed by reliable data and evidence about what works.
Key concepts that are fundamental to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health include:
• providing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing
• acknowledging the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• understanding the social and cultural determinants of health (Cancer Australia 2015).
Public consultation closes 5pm Friday 27th October 2017.