Multidisciplinary care is known to improve outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer. In Australia accreditation of gynaecological oncologists is dependent upon regular attendance at Multidisciplinary (MDT) meetings and presentation and discussion of women with cancer who they care for. This is supported by Medicare.
Multidisciplinary (MDT) meetings involves the discussion of individual patient’s cases at a group meeting involving a number of specialists. For gynaecological cancer patients these meeting usually involve one or more gynaecological oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, anatomical pathologists and also expert radiologists. Members of the broader allied health team may also be present including specialist nursing staff, research, and social workers.
In Tasmania these meeting are held at the Royal Hobart Hospital on a fortnightly basis. Women are informed their cases will be discussed.