Survivorship education

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

The 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 statewide education and research forums, in-services and tailored programs (including clinical placements) to meet the needs of health and community services and/or professional groups.

Professional development

The Delivering Innovative 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].

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.

General practice clinical placements

General practice coordinates and provides holistic care to cancer survivors. In 2015 the ACSC, with support from the Department of Health and Human Services, implemented a general practice clinical placement pilot program at Peter Mac. The program aimed to understand the barriers and enablers to shared care between specialty (acute) and general practice (primary care).

The program brought together general practice and hospital-based oncology teams for a total of 10 hours. The pilot will expand in 2016 to include an additional three sites. Places are open for general practitioners and general practice nurses.

The 2015 program evaluation found that the program was feasible and highly regarded. General practice participants reported that the program provided them with confidence in incorporating survivorship care into current chronic disease management protocols. Oncology specialists valued the opportunity to provide a clinical learning environment and expressed support for further collaboration to build shared care practices.

Supporting collaboration

The Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program (VCSP) 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 and in-services

Ashlee Bailey
Project Manager
Ph: (03) 8559 6222
Email: [email protected]

Learning modules and clinical placements

Amanda Piper
Ph: (03) 8559 6225
Email: [email protected]

Community of practice membership enquiries

Ph: (03) 8559 6220
Email: [email protected]