Joining up the care pathway: building a bundle of care

June 19, 2024

Joining up the care pathway: building a bundle of care

The need for integrated, team-based models of care, centred on the outcomes that matter to people and communities has been promoted for decades, yet the system is still facing challenges in operationalising such models.

Yet as one of the winners of the 2023 Value-Based Health Care Awards, GenesisCare, highlight, these difficulties are not insurmountable.

Join us on Wednesday 19th June at 10am (AEST) to hear from the 2023 VBHC Innovation Award winning project, the Breast Cancer Bundle of Care model. Designed to deliver a ‘joined up’ care pathway for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, the Bundle brings together stakeholders from across the health system to create an innovative, person-centred, value driven model of care.

In this webinar our diverse panel will explore learnings on:

  • Mapping the care pathway;
  • The enabling factors that facilitated a collaborative stakeholder environment;
  • Challenges faced in implementation and how these were navigated; and
  • Early evaluation of the model of care with feedback from patients on what is of value to them.


Dr Yvonne Zissiadis, MBBS, FRANZCR,  Radiation Oncologist, GenesisCare

Yvonne completed her general medical training in Western Australia before moving east to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Victoria to complete her training in radiation oncology. The offer of a fellowship in breast cancer at the Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital saw her move to Sydney, and this was followed by a position as a consultant radiation oncologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. Yvonne then moved to Boston for a clinical fellowship at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital. On returning to Perth, she began working as a consultant radiation oncologist at Royal Perth Hospital and joined GenesisCare in 2011.

Yvonne is Past President of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease and the Oceania Representative of the Senologic International Society. She is conjoint lecturer at ECU and UWA and Chair of the Australian GenesisCare Breast Tumour Reference Group. She is the Medical Director for GenesisCare WA and the WA Representative to the CLF (Clinical Leaders Forum) for GenesisCare Oncology Australia. She has also been a member of various voluntary committees within RANZCR including the Education & Training Committee and the Research Committee.

Yvonne has a strong interest in clinical research and is an advocate for cancer patients. Whilst Yvonne treats predominantly breast, skin, upper gastro-intestinal and haematological cancers, she is also interested in making exercise a part of treatment for all cancer patients, patient reported outcomes and how a patient’s cancer journey can be improved through treatment.

Dr Wen Chan Yeow, FRACS, MBBS, Breast and General Surgeon, Perth Specialist Breast Centre, St John of God

Dr Wen Chan Yeow is a University of Western Australia graduate who completed two years post-fellowship training in breast and oncoplastic surgery, including a year at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London. She was locum consultant at Royal Marsden in 2011. She commenced practice in Perth in 2012 on return to Australia.

Wen is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and has a public appointment at Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals. She is currently a member of the Breast Surg ANZ Oncoplastic Committee.

Dr Helen Ballal, MBBS, MD, MRCS, FRACS, Breast and General Surgeon, Perth Specialist Breast Centre, St John of God

Dr Helen Ballal is a breast surgeon with extensive sub-specialist training in oncoplastic techniques allowing effective removal of cancer whilst maintaining or improving
cosmetic outcome.

Following training in the UK, Helen completed advanced surgical training in Perth, WA gaining the fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2019. She then completed sub specialist breast training with Breast Surg ANZ in Perth. She holds public appointments in Royal Perth Hospital and St John of God Midland and operates privately out of St John of God Subiaco and St John of God Murdoch hospitals.

Dr Ballal holds fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and full memberships of BreastSurg ANZ, Australasian Society of Breast Disease, Breast Cancer Trials, and General Surgeons Australia. She is also an elected member RACS WA State committee and is the younger fellow’s representative.

Nicola Forsyth, Patient Navigator, GenesisCare

Nicky has been employed by GenesisCare for 6.5 years, initially as a Patient Services Officer. She saw a gap in the support of Exercise for patients and was instrumental in creating a role
dedicated to the Exercise Service by implementing processes across the relevant sites to ensure all patients had access to the service.

From there Nicky was appointed the Team Coordinator for Oncology WA by supporting the Doctor Heads of Department & the Executive Leadership Team. In November 2021, the role of the Patient Navigator was created as part of a pilot study launched in July 2022, named the Early-Stage Breast Cancer Care Bundle. Nicky was successful in being appointed into this role.

Nicky has cemented relationships with all the providers in the Bundle and worked to ensure that the study is a positive & successful initiative not only for GenesisCare, the providers &
partners involved but most importantly the patients.

Nicky is very passionate about research into Women’s cancers particularly Breast Cancer & raises money each year for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in WA, in hope that
these vital funds raised will go towards improving women’s outcomes for the future.

Dr Sarah Wise PhD, MSc, LLB (Hons), Principal Investigator, Breast Bundle Evaluation, UTS

Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Health Services Management, School of Public Health, UTS and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW Sydney Medicine & Health. Sarah has over 20 years of applied research and evaluation experience in health, aged care and community services in Australia and the UK.  Her research focuses on the institutional barriers to health care reform, particularly the mediating role of professional culture and funding models. Sarah has been involved with the Bundle since early 2022, codesigning the evaluation with GenesisCare before its launch.

Julia Schulz, Head of Market Access, GenesisCare

Julia Schulz is a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Management)/ Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Management). She is currently completing her final subject in a Master of Public Health at QUT.

Julia commenced her healthcare career at UnitingCare Health (UCH), partnering with Bond and Griffith Universities as well as University of Queensland to establish a clinical school for medical student education across the UCH network in Queensland. After four years at the UCH, Julia shifted into management consulting at EY, working across public and private healthcare sectors. Key projects included multi-year evaluations of federal healthcare programs and hospital performance improvement projects as well as evaluation and strategic planning within Aboriginal Medical Services.

Julia joined GenesisCare in 2019 and has worked across a number of strategic project roles throughout her time at the company. She is currently Head of Market Access and oversees the implementation and management of Bundle projects as part of the portfolio in the role.

Start Date

June 19, 2024

Start Time:

10:00 am AEST

End Date:

June 19, 2024

End Time:

11:00 am




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