Victorian Lung Cancer Registry (VLCR)

SPHPM Academic Lead:Professor John Zalcberg
Cancer Research Program Lead
Registry Contact: Ms Margaret Brand
Phone: +61 3 9903 0206
Clinical Lead: Associate Professor Rob Stirling, Respiratory Medicine
Purpose / aims: The VLCR is a clinical quality registry that aims to measure and benchmark quality of care in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients at participating health services. Data collected are used to inform clinical practice and to facilitate continuous quality improvement in the care of patients with lung cancer.
Population captured: The VLCR aims to record all newly diagnosed lung cancer cases at participating sites in Victoria. The Registry captures patients who have been admitted to a participating health service and have had a diagnosis of primary lung cancer.
Outcomes collected: The VLCR provides risk-adjusted, benchmarked reports to participating sites to measure quality of care. Quality indicator reports sent to participating sites provide measures for:
  • Timeliness of care, including time from referral to diagnosis and diagnosis to treatment
  • Quality and access to treatment, including provision of evidence based assessment
  • Delivery of anti-cancer treatment
  • Multidisciplinary care coordination
  • Patient distress screening and supportive care

Quality Indicator Reports provide the opportunity to improve care of patients with lung cancer by monitoring trends in care and by determining the clinical effectiveness of treatments in a “real world” setting.

The VLCR provides an infrastructure on which interventions, or other studies, can be established.

Jurisdictions participating: The VLCR currently collects from 19 sites across metropolitan and regional Victoria, including public and private institutions.
Funding source: DHHS, MRFF, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer