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.

3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference, 12-13 March 2020, Melbourne

The 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference A 2020 Vision – Building on learnings ... partnering for success is presented by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre.

Following the sold out inaugural event in 2016, and the equally successful conference in 2018, we will again draw together the VCCC alliance of ten organisations changing the way we tackle cancer in Victoria, as well as all others involved in efforts to improve care and outcomes for cancer survivors. The conference theme acknowledges significant progress in research and practice improvement. It will consider next steps and recognise the importance of broad partnerships to achieve optimal outcomes.

We are proud to announce international speakers Professor Deb Mayer PhD, RN, AOCN – Director of Cancer Survivorship at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre, University of North Carolina and Interim Director of the NCI’s Office of Cancer Survivorship, and Professor Adam Glaser – Professor of Paediatric Oncology and Late Effects, University of Leeds. They will be joined by Professor Suzanne Chambers AO – Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney; previously the Director of the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland at Griffith University, and Professor Afaf Girgis AM – Director Psycho-oncology Research Group and a Chief Investigator in the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW.

We encourage you to contribute to the program and to participate in this important meeting.

Visit 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference for more information.


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.

2020 dates:

  • Friday, 31 July 2020
  • Friday, 4 December 2020

Registrations will open shortly.  For more information 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.

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 for cancer survivorship introductory courses.  

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.

APNA webinar: Cancer and it's care: for primary health care nurses. The aim of this webinar is to increase primary health care nurses' knowledge about cancer and it's care, including understanding strategies to support patients' post-treatment. Access the recorded webinar, register your details under Register Today, enter your email address in the login bar, then select Join. 


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 was offered to over 7 sites across Victoria in metro and regional areas.

The program enhanced primary care professionals' knowledge and confidence regarding cancer survivorship care and improved understanding of the discipline-specific roles required for shared care. This was achieved through participation in a 7-10 hour clinical placement enhanced by blended learning educational sessions. Partner hospitals included: Peter Mac, Royal Women’s Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Austin Health, Western Health, St Vincent's Hospital and South West healthcare offering placements in 2018. 

The third Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship is now complete. A final report was submitted to DHHS for review.

 If you would like any information regarding this program, please contact the ACSC at [email protected].

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.

Contact Details

Workshops, clinical placements and in-services

Email: [email protected]

Community of practice membership enquiries

Email: [email protected]