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.
Click here to see two short videos of eviQ program director and medical oncologist, Professor Robyn Ward describing the:
- purpose of eviQ and how far we have come
- rigour of content development.
Strategic plan 2016-2020
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 Cancer Institute NSW is a pillar organisation of NSW Health, providing the strategic direction for cancer control in NSW. The Cancer Institute NSW 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 Cancer Institute NSW has a 14 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 of people with cancer
- improve the quality of life for people living with cancer, and the people who look after them
- provide a source of expertise on cancer control for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community.
To see the NSW Cancer Plan click here.
Meet the eviQ team
The eviQ team is made up of a team of nurses, pharmacists and radiation therapists based at the Cancer Institute NSW office in Sydney, Australia.
Meet the eviQ team here.
Hundreds of clinicians from all Australian states and territories along with the eviQ team of content authors work together to develop and review content. eviQ protocols and other documents do not name specific content authors or contributors.
Meet our current and past reference committee chairs.
View a comprehensive list of contributors.
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. It was created to reduce cancer treatment variation and provide patient information on cancer treatments. The Cancer Institute NSW made the resource available as a website in August 2005 and named it the 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 re-branded as eviQ Cancer Treatments Online and was launched in October 2009.
National eviQ program
In March 2012 eviQ began working towards a national eviQ program. Up until this time eviQ had primarily been 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 the preferred source of evidence-based cancer treatment information in Australia. The MOUs also made a commitment to travel and attendance by interstate clinicians at eviQ reference committee meetings 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.
Growing demand for protocols and patient information saw a second rebuild of the eviQ site which launched in August 2017.
eviQ has an increasing number of international users. eviQ has been used in 171 countries with approximately 9% of its 84,000 registered users located outside of Australia. Activities to forge closer ties with the international cancer community include: