Linkage of hospital and primary care data to drive improvements in cancer care

  • Research Project Leader

    Jon Emery
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    Location: Department of General Practice Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences The University of Melbourne, 200 Berkeley St, Carlton Vic 3053 Australia

Project Details

Currently it is not possible in the health care system to link the detailed patient data from General Practice to hospital data for cancer patients. Consequently, the care given to cancer patients by General Practitioners and other primary health care professionals is unseen by other health services. Therefore, this data is also unavailable for health services research that aims to improve patient care.

In collaboration with the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre this project will conduct the first large-scale, comprehensive data linkage to link primary care and hospital data for cancer patients. Using the Cancer Health Data Platform this project will investigate patient care across the cancer journey including diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. In particular, this program will quantify primary care use, the role of GPs in symptom management and factors associated with GP visits during cancer treatment. This research will help provide evidence to inform health and cancer services to stimulate changes in practice and service delivery throughout the cancer journey for patients.


Professor Jon Emery, Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research

Frances Martin, PhD student


  • Prof James Bishop, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Dr Douglas Boyle, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Karin M. Verspoor,Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, the University of Melbourne
  • Prof Maureen Turner, Biogrid
  • Dr Meredith Layton, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre


BUPA Foundation

Research Group

Cancer in Primary Care

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Integrated Critical Medicine

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice

Unit / Centre

Cancer in Primary Care