Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs)

Optimal Cancer Care Pathways are national guides to promote best practice cancer care for specific cancer types.

Page last updated: 24 August 2016

They describe the key steps in a patient’s cancer journey and expected standards of care at each stage. They aim to improve patient outcomes by promoting quality cancer care and ensuring that all people diagnosed with cancer receive the best care, regardless of where they live or receive cancer treatment.

The pathways also ensure that those providing care understand how to coordinate the patient care between each stage. The Optimal Cancer Care Pathways were developed through consultation with a wide range of expert multidisciplinary teams, peak health organisations, consumers and carers. They are nationally endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group (includes representation from each jurisdiction and nationally), Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia. The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and COAG Health Council have endorsed 11 of the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways in 2015 and will consider the remaining four for endorsement later in 2016.