Clinical practice guidelines bring together the best available evidence to underpin scientifically-valid recommendations for the prevention and diagnosis of cancer and treatment of care of patients.
Cancer Council Australia's Clinical Guidelines Network (formerly Australian Cancer Network) has develops and disseminates high quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer. It is a service provided by Cancer Council Australia to inform clinical practice and ultimately improve cancer management in Australia.
Established in 1994, the CGN has 18 years of experience in producing cancer-related guidelines for the Australian health context.
More recently Cancer Council Australia has developed a web-based Guidelines wiki platform for developing, revising and publishing up-to-date online clinical practice guidelines. Unlike written guidelines wiki-based guidelines are constantly updated as new evidence becomes available and are linked to source abstracts and other evidence-based sites that add to the value of visiting the wiki site.
More than 70 interest groups, covering basic science through medical and nursing care to public health are associated with the Network. The Network collaborates with the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and many of these organisations to draw upon their members’ clinical expertise to produce clinical practice guidelines and meet its objectives.