Survivorship education

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (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 4th iteration of the Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship (CPPiCS), funded by the Victorian Government, aims to improve access to quality cancer survivorship care through enhancing capacity of allied health professionals (AHPs) and practice nurses (PNs) to deliver appropriate services and information. This will be achieved by the completion of 150 clinical placements across a minimum of eight host sites across Victoria providing cancer survivorship care.

The CPPiCS offers a feasible, transferable model to build health professionals’ knowledge and confidence to deliver appropriate and quality cancer survivorship care. Placement host sites will be recruited from across various regions in Victoria, and will include acute, subacute and community-based health services. The program purposefully targets AHPs (75%) and PNs (25%) as participants, with a target of 40% participants from regional / rural settings.

Host site recruitment

An expression of interest process for host sites is currently underway, from April – August 2022.  The closing date for this is close of business on Monday, 15 August 2022.                                              ​​

Apply now to be a host site for this program!

Please read the associated

 prior to submitting an application.

We are seeking a minimum of eight host sites, hosting at least 10-20 placements per site between September 2022 and April 2024. Host sites need to provide oncology specific care; ideally focusing on follow-up or survivorship care. To participate, host sites can be:

  • Acute / rehabilitation hospitals
  • Community rehabilitation services, or
  • Community health services.

Successful host sites will be required to sign a

; details of which can be viewed here for your reference.  

ACSC recently hosted information sessions, tailored to various health settings. These short sessions provided information about previous iterations of the project, the current project aims and scope, and information about how to apply as a host site.

You can access the recordings of the sessions here:

We encourage you to contact ACSC at [email protected] for more information about becoming a host site. We also encourage you to view and circulate our flyer among your health service and colleagues.

Background of program

This is the fourth iteration of the CPPiCS with the Victorian Government previously funding three successful iterations, all led by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC). In the pilot in 2015, 16 GPs and 12 PNs completed placements. The evaluation of the pilot project identified that a clinical placement program was feasible and was reported to be clinically and professionally valuable. The second iteration was funded in 2016, with 33 GPs, 16 PNs, 16 oncologists and 13 nurses participated in placements that focused on a broader approach to cancer survivorship and bidirectional learning. In the third iteration in 2017 - 2019, the program grew to include 90 primary care professionals, including AHPs for the first time. It was identified that AHPs were highly interested in the program, with a waitlist of AHPs wishing to participate in placements.

Program outcomes

The program was highly successful, with 99% (88/89) of participants reporting they partially or entirely met their learning goals and 92% (81/89) of participants reporting increased knowledge and confidence regarding survivorship care.  Furthermore, host sites also rated the program favourably. They reported the program to be an important teaching opportunity and provided important linkages to primary care, ultimately enabling better transition of patients from acute to primary care services. All sites reported that the program structure, including central project administration and management provided by ACSC, facilitated implementation and was not a burden on clinical services.

Context of program

The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 includes Action area 4.3: build workforce knowledge and skills in survivorship care across cancer care systems, specifically:

  • Implement models of shared care and community-based self-management, with a focus on coordination of care across regional clusters
  • Build skills in the allied health workforce to understand cancer specific needs, with a focus on regional Victoria and rehabilitation care.


Placements will run for participants from approximately September 2022 – April 2024. Please note that applications to be a participant will open in approximately August 2022 – stay tuned!

Further information

If you are interested in hosting placements as part of this program, or if you would like more information, please contact the ACSC at [email protected]. Please note that host sites and participants must be based within Victoria.


ACSC's Cancer Survivorship Course 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.

The VCCC MOOC online survivorship course is for primary practitioners including general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals. This course will explore the importance of cancer survivorship and show you how to provide effective survivorship care.

Health After Cancer is an online course by Standford Medicine (US) for primary care physicians. It presents basic principles of cancer survivorship and aims to raise awareness of the complex physical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors. 


ACSC collaborates with many leading organisations to deliver survivorship-related webinars.  Collaborations have included the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA), Cancer Council Victoria (CCV), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

Previous webinars are available for viewing on our webinars page.

Follow these links for upcoming health professional and survivor and carer events.


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.

For more information please go to our Health Professionals events page or contact ACSC at [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 at [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, Helana Kelly.


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.


The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Alliance host a Victorian Cancer Survivorship conference every two years. 

The two-day conference included a strong line-up of keynote speakers including international and national cancer survivorship experts.  To read more about our latest conference please continue on to our Health Professionals events page.

Contact Details

For any survivorship education enquiries

Email: [email protected]