AYA education and training

Resources and professional development opportunities for health and community service professionals

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Young people with cancer have healthcare needs that differ significantly from children and older adults as the timing of ill health coincides with a critical period of growth and development.

For healthcare professionals caring for young people and their families, understanding and responding to their needs is essential to support the delivery of high quality cancer care. 

The Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service in collaboration with organisational partners in health, community and tertiary education offer a range of education and training opportunities for professionals working with young people with cancer. 

We also offer group programs and resources for young people and families. 



External/international offerings 

Web-based AYA programs offered by external/overseas providers.

  • Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO): An eight-week US-based online training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical and skills building modules to help oncology allied health professionals communicate timely and relevant information about reproductive health to their AYA patients. The program is provided at no cost but is only offered at specific times throughout the year.
  • LOVE ECHO: A freely available online module on providing affirming, inclusive care to LGBTIQ+ AYA cancer patients and survivors
  • AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa (New Zealand): Postgraduate training opportunities, webinars and more


Adolescent health 

Educational resources and opportunities relating to the field of adolescent health, a key influence in and contributor to the development of best practice in AYA cancer care. 

  • Providing safe & quality care to young people: A practice guide to the care of adolescents and young adults developed in partnership with young people (Queensland Health)
  • Working effectively with young people: HEEADSSS: A series of videos for health professionals on how to use HEEADSSS conversations to engage young people and do a holistic assessment
  • Youth Health Resource Kit: Information for a range of health workers about the specific health needs of young people and skills and practical steps to respond effectively 
  • Global Adolescent Health: A massive open online course (MOOC) developed by the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Centre for Adolescent Health  
  • Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Fully online accredited courses (Grad Cert, Grad Dip and Master) for multidisciplinary health and community service professionals available through the University of Melbourne and delivered by the RCH Centre for Adolescent Health 
  • RACP Working with Adolescents and Young Adults: Online course aimed at basic trainees and any physicians wanting to refresh their knowledge of AYA health (RACP members only) 

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