AYA-SLEEP: Improving night-time sleep problems for adolescents & young adults

Up to 50% of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer report sleep difficulties during and/or after treatment, which can significantly impact upon life and function.

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AYA Can-Sleep is an evidence-informed, stepped care model for identifying and addressing sleep difficulties in this population. It involves initial screening using measures validated with AYA followed by the following interventions as required:

  • Further screening and referral to specialist sleep services
  • Provision of and coaching around the self-management resource ‘Can-Sleep: a guide to sleep for young people who have had cancer’
  • Stepped up care to individualised psychology-led cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Developed in partnership between the Victorian AYA Cancer Service (ONTrac at Peter Mac) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Department of Psychology, AYA Can-Sleep has been adapted from the original Can-Sleep program for adult cancer patients and survivors. An evaluation is currently underway.

Full details including a downloadable version of the resource guide available in October 2022.

Register for our webinar on Tues 4 Oct (2:00 - 3:30pm AEST) for more information on addressing sleep difficulties in young people with cancer.

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