Multidisciplinary care (MDC) is considered best practice in the treatment planning and care for patients with cancer. Cancer Australia is committed to improving the uptake of multidisciplinary cancer care using lessons learnt from a number of key national projects.
MDC is an integrated team approach to health care in which medical and allied health care professionals consider all relevant treatment options and collaboratively develop an individual treatment and care plan for each patient. MDC involves all relevant health professionals discussing options and making joint decisions about treatment and supportive care plans, taking into account the personal preferences of the patient.
Based on the 'Principles of multidisciplinary care', Cancer Australia has developed web-based practical tools to assist health professionals and health service administrators implement MDC at the local level.