eviQ is an Australian government, freely available online resource of cancer treatment protocols developed by multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists. With a goal to improve patient outcomes and reduce treatment variation, eviQ provides evidence-based information to support health professionals in the delivery of cancer treatments available at the time treatment decisions are being made.
In these two short videos, eviQ Program director and medical oncologist, Professor Robyn Ward describes the:
- purpose of eviQ and how far we have come
- rigour of content development
eviQ program strategy 2016-2020
Vision:To improve cancer outcomes by supporting clinicians to deliver evidence-based cancer treatment and care at the right time and place as part of a rapidly learning quality cancer system..
- To become an integrated part of reducing the postcode lottery and reducing unwarranted clinical variation.
- To provide access to the right information to the right people at the right time and place to support patient care and decision making.
- To become a learning system that uses available evidence.
- To provide leadership in the right choice of treatment for the right patients.
- To maintain the core principles of eviQ and guide its expansion to support cancer.
- To generate new evidence to improve patient outcomes
eviQ and the Cancer Institute NSW
eviQ is part of the Cancer Institute NSW. The Institute is NSW's cancer control agency, established under the Cancer Institute NSW (2003) Act to lessen the impact of cancer across the State.
The Institute is a pillar organisation of NSW Health, providing the strategic direction for cancer control in NSW. The Institute is funded by the NSW State Government and governed by the Cancer Institute NSW Board. It reports directly to the Minister for Health and Medical Research.
Driven by the goals in the NSW Cancer Plan the Institute has a 13 year history of working in partnership with all involved in the cancer community to:
- reduce the incidence of cancer in the community
- increase the survival rate for cancer patients
- improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their carers
- provide a source of expertise on cancer control for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community.
In 2004 the Cancer Institute NSW assumed responsibility for an intranet cancer treatment resource that was developed by Professor Robyn Ward and utilised in the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service. The resource detailed medical oncology and haematology treatment information for medical officers, nurses and pharmacists involved in cancer care and was created to reduce cancer treatment variation and provide patient information on cancer treatments. The Cancer Institute NSW made the resource available as an internet website in August 2005 and named it Cancer Institute's Standard Cancer Treatments Program (CI-SCaT). Due to its popularity and the need for greater functionality and additional content, CI-SCaT was rebuilt and rebranded eviQ Cancer Treatments Online. eviQ was launched in October 2009.
A National Program
In March 2012 eviQ began working towards a national eviQ program. Up until this time eviQ had been primarily a NSW focused resource. As registrant numbers and interstate use increased, it became clear a national model for eviQ was necessary to provide a wider pool of clinical expertise for contribution to protocol development and review and therefore continue to ensure the quality and currency of the eviQ content. By the end of 2013 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were in place with every state and territory in Australia. These agreements endorsed eviQ as a preferred source of evidence based cancer treatment information in Australia and commit to allow interstate clinicians to travel to participate in eviQ reference committee activities for protocol and content development and review. The first eviQ National Advisory Board meeting was held in March 2014. eviQ Reference Committees now have wide representation from all Australian states and territories.
eviQ has an increasing number of international users. eviQ has been used in 148 countries with approximately 9% of its 54,000 registered users located outside of Australia. In late 2014 eviQ began work to forge closer ties with the international cancer community. This activity includes:
For further information or to provide feedback:
Please contact us at email: contactus@eviQ.org.au or phone: + 61 2 8374 3670 (Standard Operating Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (ETA) Monday - Friday)
Link to eviQ Governance