General practice has a crucial and developing role in the delivery of personalised cancer prevention and care through support, advocacy, holistic care and health promotion (RACGP – Personalised cancer care). There are several resources available to support GPs and patients, including Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs).

Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer

OCPs detail key principles and recommendations for optimal care at critical points in the cancer continuum, from prevention and identification, through to survivorship or end-of-life care, regardless of where people live or have cancer treatment.
Murray PHN is committed to supporting the integration of Optimal Care Pathways for Cancer and improving cancer supports throughout our region, by working with general practice professionals. For further information on the OCPs, visit the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance (VTPHNA) website. Also see Guide to implementing the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.


HealthPathways is a free web-based portal that aims to guide best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, by providing locally relevant and reliable information in one place. It is available to support all medical specialists, nurses, allied health and health professionals within their scope of practice across the Murray PHN region. A series of oncology-specific pathways by condition is available on Murray HealthPathways (you must be registered and logged in to access). See our HealthPathways webpage for more information and to register.

General Practitioner Management Plan (GPMP) for cancer management

The GPMP offer GPs the opportunity to perform a comprehensive assessment of patient care needs (chronic diseases with cancer included) and establish goal-centred management plans. Visit Services Australia for more information.

Cancer support services

* Cancer is considered a palliative care condition from diagnosis

Support services for priority groups

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Last Update: May 9th, 2024