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.
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.
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.
IN-SERVICES AND SITE VISITS
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.
3RD VICTORIAN CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE
The 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference was a great success. Co-hosted by the ACSC with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, we welcomed almost 200 local and international delegates.
The conference theme, ‘A 2020 Vision – Building on learnings, partnering for success’, acknowledges significant progress in research and practice improvement, anticipates the next steps and recognises the importance of broad partnerships to achieve optimal outcomes for cancer survivors.
The two-day conference included a strong line-up of local and international speakers who shared their outstanding work. Invited speakers included Anton Enus, Prof Deborah K Mayer, Prof Adam Glaser and Prof Afaf Girgis AM.
The important work of the ACSC and our collaborators was showcased throughout the conference with presentations from Professor Michael Jefford, Dr Karolina Lisy, Helana Kelly, Amanda Piper, Nicole Kinnane, Dr Victoria Garwood, Suzannah Roushdy, Dr Claudia Zeneca Morales and Yunhui (Cherry) Liang.
It was positive to see so much quality work to improve the standard of care for cancer survivors featured throughout the conference. We congratulate the winners of the conference awards:
- Best Student Presentation – Dr Victoria Garwood
- Best Oral Presentation – Nathan Harrison
- Best Poster Presentation – Paula Howell
Conference delegates were highly entertained by the great debate. The panel discussion reflected on ‘Taking charge. People living with and beyond cancer must manage their own healthcare needs’. We saw the return of seasoned debaters Prof Jon Emery and Prof Bogda Koczwara. Joining Prof Emery in the affirmative team were Prof Deborah Mayer and Dr Marcus Grzechnik (consumer representative). Joining Prof Koczwara in the opposing team were Prof Grant McArthur and Meg Rynderman OAM (ACSC consumer representative).
Further details can be found at the 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference. The 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held on 24-25 March 2022.
CLINICAL PLACEMENT PROGRAM IN CANCER SURVIVORSHIP
The Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship, funded by the Victorian Government, aims to improve access to quality cancer survivorship care through enhancing capacity of primary care professionals (including GPs, practice nurses and 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. The pilot was then extended to several 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 was offered to eight sites across Victoria in metropolitan and regional areas.
The program has been successfully funded for 2022 – 2024, with a specific focus on enhancing capacity of allied health professionals and practice nurses across regional and rural Victoria – so watch this space!
If you would like any information regarding this program, please contact the ACSC at [email protected].
For any survivorship education enquiries
Email: [email protected]