Melbourne Health together with the Australia Prostate Cancer Research Centre (APCR) has a shared vision to treat men with prostate health concerns in an environment that provides the best, timely care available. APCR is a separate entity from Melbourne Health and both organisations operate under a service level agreement.
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and sadly, more than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer every year.
A new model of care was developed by APCR and our Department of Urology to treat men in a one-stop shop model, which includes consultation, diagnosis, relevant tests and discussion of results.
Melbourne Health has been working with a specialist legal firm and APCR to work through a number of administrative and governance issues such as referral processes, branding and scope of work.
In response to ongoing, expanded concern about these administrative and governance issues, and to ensure processes occur in line with the service agreement, Melbourne Health recently commissioned an external specialist review. The review will ensure a timely resolution of these issues.
We take these issues seriously and this review will ensure that our vision can continue to provide a best practice comprehensive prostate cancer service as well as a best practice urology service to Melbourne Health. We have confidence in the current process we are undertaking and we are committed to learning and implementing the recommendations from the external review