Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Developing a standardised platform to assist with multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings

Can­cer care in Aus­tralia is best pro­vid­ed by a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team of pro­fes­sion­als. Reg­u­lar mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team (MDT) meet­ings are an inte­gral com­po­nent of pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive care to peo­ple with can­cer. Dur­ing these meet­ings, clin­i­cians review the radi­ol­o­gy and pathol­o­gy results and dis­cuss the most appro­pri­ate treat­ment plan for an indi­vid­ual patient.

In South Aus­tralia, there are more than 30 MDT meet­ings occur­ring every month inte­grat­ed across the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, how­ev­er cur­rent­ly, there is no state-wide stan­dard­ised approach to doc­u­ment­ing MDTs’ and cap­tur­ing MDT data. We are work­ing toward imple­ment­ing a plat­form that con­nects vital patient infor­ma­tion and results in order to bet­ter sup­port the impor­tant deci­sion mak­ing and planning.

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work has con­tributed to out­lin­ing MDT spec­i­fi­ca­tion require­ments, based on the out­comes of a stake­hold­er engage­ment work­shop which involved clin­i­cal experts and consumers.