Current work

The current work of the ACSC address the six strategic objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2019/20.

IMPROVE SURVIVORS’ ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

ACSC provides supports for survivors and their careers, families and friends through:

We are also creating a network of resources to support Australian cancer survivors in partnership with other organisations.

Supporting underserved cancer survivors

The ACSC has successfully completed three Cancer Australia funded projects delivering the resource ‘On the road to recovery’ in the following versions:

The ACSC has also created a glossary in nine languages to support professionals including translators and interpreters.

These projects were part of Cancer Australia’s Supporting people with cancer grant initiative, funded by the Australian Government.

For more information email, [email protected].

SUPPORT IMPROVED SURVIVORSHIP CARE AT PETER MAC AND ACROSS THE PARKVILLE PRECINCT

The ACSC is collaborating with clinical services to define and deliver optimal survivorship care. ACSC is working to understand the experiences and outcomes for survivors. By engaging effectively with clinical leaders ACSC is working to build capacity for delivery of optimal survivorship care.

ACSC coordinates professional development opportunities through a range of workshops, forums and in-services tailored to meet the needs of health and community services and/or professional groups. The professional development program promotes care that is evidenced-based, multidisciplinary and delivered in the appropriate setting.

We also provide advice and clinical expertise to support implementation or expansion of survivorship care to the hospitals that form part of the Parkville precinct: Peter Mac, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital.

Current projects include:

To discuss potential professional development opportunities, please email [email protected].

BUILD CAPACITY FOR DELIVERY OF SURVIVORSHIP CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

ACSC supports primary, hospital and community based health professionals to deliver optimal survivorship care through:

Supporting collaboration

The ACSC delivers the Survivorship Community of Practice in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services.

It is a one-day forum for people who share a passion for cancer survivorship.

Attendees are health professionals from hospitals, community and non-government organisations. Regular presentations include updates from the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services.

2019 dates:

  • 18 July
  • 12 December

Participants can also join the online collaborative workspace, to access evidence-based resources, presentations, and a discussion board.

For membership queries, email [email protected].

ADVOCATE FOR SYSTEM CHANGE TO SUPPORT OPTIMAL SURVIVORSHIP CARE

The ACSC aims to raise awareness of survivorship care across the health system. We do this through our collaborative work including that described above, as well as through providing content expertise and advice.

We contributed advice to the development of a number of key principle documents in Australia including:

To find out more, see our newsletters and publications. 

PROMOTE EVIDENCE BASED SURVIVORSHIP CARE

We contribute to the evidence base by publishing the results of our work, and disseminating the latest research to our network.

Health professionals can refer to guidance documents on nine common survivorship issues via the Common Survivorship Issues Directory.  

Health professionals

We review the survivorship literature to provide summaries of the evidence and toolkits to guide implementation.

To find out more, sign-up to receive our newsletters.

DELIVER A ROBUST AND SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM

As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, the need to improve the care they receive grows. The ACSC is a small team with a diverse skill-set, well positioned to support and enable excellent survivorship care for this growing population. As the need for our work continues to grow, we are seeking additional funding.

To discuss funding or collaborative opportunities, contact our Manager, Helana Kelly.