Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has visited Peter Mac to help launch three new resources for adolescents and young adults who have cancer.
The resources address the unique challenges faced by young people, and their families, when a cancer diagnosis and treatment coincides with their most formative years.
They were developed over 18 months by the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service, and written with extensive input from young people.
“ONTrac is a leader across Australia in supporting young people with cancer, and this is a reputation that you should be incredibly proud of,” Ms Mikakos said during the launch.
“As your new Minister for Health I’m incredibly proud of the work that you do … you provide such valuable, valuable support to young people facing cancer.”
The free resources - which are available in hard copy and online - are:
- Being Ok … Being You: A guide for young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have cancer - This resource provides information to support young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have cancer so they too feel safe, seen, heard and know that they matter.
- Getting to Grips with General Practice: A guide to general practice for young people 15-25 years-old who have had a diagnosis of cancer - Many young people with a cancer diagnosis don’t have a regular GP. This shows why having a GP is important, and how to best engage with GPs to maximise health and wellbeing.
- Thinking Ahead: Your guide to school, study and work - The impact of cancer and its treatment on school, education and work. Guidance on education and vocation pathways and strategies for support across health, education and community sectors. Co-developed with the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
Vital funding and assistance also came from the Victorian Government, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, Redkite, queerspace, Peter Mac’s Volunteers Department and the Tasmanian Youth Cancer Action Board (YCAB).
ONTrac at Peter Mac is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who work alongside cancer specialists at Peter Mac, and beyond, to ensure all aspects of a young person’s health and wellbeing are given attention both during treatment and in the years beyond.