Survivorship education

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt legacy (ACSC) supports professional development and learning opportunities for all healthcare professionals who care for cancer survivors.

Our professional development program promotes care that is evidenced-based, multidisciplinary and delivered in the appropriate setting.

ACSC coordinates professional development opportunities through a range of education and research forums, in-services and tailored programs (including clinical placements and site visits).Programs are open to Victorian, national and international professionals.


The Delivering Innovative Cancer Survivorship Care workshop is open to all nursing and allied health professionals. It provides participants with key knowledge, skills and resources for implementing cancer survivorship care into practice. The program covers the key elements of survivorship, the common experiences of cancer survivors, motivational interviewing techniques, chronic disease management in primary care, tools/resources and group work to reinforce new skills. Introductory and intermediate sessions are available.

Registration is available through Nursing Education by emailing [email protected].


ACSC offers in-service education to Peter Mac departments to help up-skill teams and support development of enhanced survivorship care in their unit. For more information contact ACSC Education Coordinator, [email protected].

The ACSC regularly hosts interstate and international visitors seeking tailored advice regarding developing or expanding their survivorship initiatives. For more information contact ACSC Manager, [email protected].

E-learning/online learning

Cancer survivorship on EviQ is an introductory online learning package for health professionals.

The package offers up-to-date, evidence-based practical tools, tips and resources designed to help you improve care for people affected by cancer.

The e-learning package was developed by ACSC in collaboration with Peter Mac, the University of Sydney, the Queensland University of Technology and national survivorship experts.

Access the modules here:


General practice coordinates and provides holistic care to cancer survivors. The Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship aims to improve access to quality cancer survivorship care through enhancing capacity of primary care professionals (including GPs, practice nurses and community based allied health professionals) to deliver appropriate services and information.

The program was first established at Peter Mac as a pilot in 2015 by the ACSC with support from the Department of Health and Human Services. The pilot was then extended to a number of other hospitals. Evaluation of the pilots found that the placement program was clinically valuable for participants, and identified enablers to support shared care. The extended pilot also demonstrated the program was feasible to deliver across multiple sites

Based on the learnings and success of the previous pilots, the 2017- 2019 program will be offered at over 8 sites across Victoria in metro and regional areas.

The program will enhance primary care professionals' knowledge and confidence regarding cancer survivorship care and improve understanding of the discipline-specific roles required for shared care. This will be achieved through participation in a 7-10 hour clinical placement enhanced by blended learning educational sessions.

Places are open now for general practitioners, general practice nurses and community-based allied health professionals and close April 2019. Host hospitals include: Peter Mac, Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, with Austin Health and Western Health offering placements in 2018. Additional hospitals will be confirmed in 2018.

Placements are open to GPs, practice nurses and community based allied health professionals. Apply for the program here.

Supporting collaboration

The Cancer Survivorship Community of Practice provides a forum for people who share a passion for cancer survivorship. Through regular events and an online collaborative workspace, the community of practice shares evidence-based resources and findings, and promotes partnerships to develop sustainable service design.

2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference

Proudly presented by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the 2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference will explore how we can harness evidence and best practice to improve outcomes for all cancer survivors. We welcome all professionals across medicine, nursing and allied health, as well as people affected by cancer, to join us for two days of thought- provoking and enlightening talks. Two keynote presentations will be delivered by Dr Jonathan Sussman and Prof Lonneke van de Poll-Franse. Submissions for oral and poster presentations are now open and close on 14 November 2017. Further information is available at on the conference website.

Contact Details

Workshops, clinical placements and in-services

Ashlee Bailey
ACSC Education Coordinator
Ph: (03) 8559 6222
Email: [email protected]

Community of practice membership enquiries

Ph: (03) 8559 6226
Email: [email protected]