Optimal Care Pathway, Patient-Reported Outcomes and Clinical Practice Guidelines

Bowel Cancer Australia Optimal Care


Bowel Cancer Australia | Australian College of Nursing (ACN) accredited
Bowel Cancer Australia's bowelcancer.care online learning modules provide an overview of bowel cancer and investigate the main physical, psychological, social and emotional issues of specific relevance to people newly diagnosed or living with metastatic disease.

Each module focuses on the supportive care of bowel cancer patients and includes strategies for improving their quality of life.

The modules have been designed to:

  • Help nurses working in cancer care to recognise the unique needs of bowel cancer patients
  • Enhance nurses' communication skills so they can better educate and support bowel cancer patients
  • Assist nurses to empower bowel cancer patients to become advocates for their own health
Bowelcancer.care online learning modules are endorsed by ACN according to the ACN Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards.
The modules have been allocated 18 CPD hours (3 per module) according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Continuing Professional Development Standard.
International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)
The ICHOM Standard Set for Colorectal Cancer is the result of hard work by a group of leading physicians, measurement experts and patients.  The Set was proudly co-sponsored by Bowel Cancer Australia.  It is ICHOM's recommendation of the outcomes that matter most to persons with colorectal cancer.  We urge all providers around the world to start measuring these outcomes to better understand how to improve the lives of their patients.
International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)
The ICHOM Standard Set for Colorectal Cancer Reference Guide is a complete overview of the ICHOM Colorectal Cancer Standard Set, including definitions for each measure and selected Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) instruments, time points for collection, and associated risk factors. The Reference Guide was proudly co-sponsored by Bowel Cancer Australia.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The RACGP has published the Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice 9th edition (Red Book) since 1989 to support evidence-based preventive activities in primary care. The Red Book is now widely accepted as the main guide to the provision of preventive care in Australian general practice 
Clinical Genomics
The BowelScreen Australia® portal provides access to up-to-date education and resources for health professionals regarding bowel cancer screening.
Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria State Government
The optimal cancer care pathway is intended to guide the delivery of consistent, safe, high-quality and evidence-based care for people with cancer.

The pathway aligns with key service improvement priorities, including providing access to coordinated multidisciplinary care and supportive care and reducing unwanted variation in practice.
The optimal cancer care pathway can be used by health services and professionals as a tool to identify gaps in current cancer services and inform quality improvement initiatives across all aspects of the care pathway. 
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
This protocol contains standards and guidelines for the preparation of structured reports for local excisions of the colon and rectum.  These include simple polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resections, endoscopic submucosal resections, transanal submucosal excision for low rectal lesions, and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) specimens for appropriate lesions in the mid and upper rectum.  It is not intended to apply to tumours of the appendix, small bowel and anus.  It does not cater for full resection specimens either as this is covered by a separate protocol.
Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
The fourth edition of this booklet is an update to alert health professionals to new information on the early detection, screening and surveillance of colorectal cancer.  It builds on previous editions, to present a practical overview of current and evolving practice.
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
This protocol contains standards and guidelines for the preparation of structured reports for colorectal cancer.  It is not intended to apply to tumours of the appendix, small bowel and anus. Local excisions of colorectal carcinomas will be dealt with in a subsequent protocol. 
The resources are designed to support the professional development of all nurses in cancer care regardless of experience or setting.  They provide highly flexible and accessible education materials to help: all nurses achieve the core capabilities required in cancer control specialist cancer nurses benchmark against the specialist cancer nurse competency standards educators facilitate learning for all nurses in cancer control.
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
These guidelines are intended for use by all practitioners and health workers who require information about surveillance colonoscopy - in adenoma follow-up, following curative resection of colorectal cancer, and for cancer surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease.  It is an update (and expansion) of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Early Detection and Management of Colorectal Cancer, approved by NHMRC in 2005.
A convenient online RAS test ordering for Australian oncologists.  Portal includes:
  • Convenient online access to RAS test ordering
  • Information about RAS
  • Information about PBS & MBS reimbursement criteria
  • PSP information sheets and enrolment forms
Banner Bowel Cancer Australia Helpline
Bowel Cancer Australia Nutrition Lifestyle Challenge
Bowel Cancer Australia Bowel Cancer App
Banner Bowel Cancer Australia Screening Surveillance 300
Banner Bowel Cancer Australia Modifiable Risk Factors 300