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

We have delivered a range of factsheets and support programs for survivors

We also have a range of resources in development including:

  • new survivor stories developed by our Consumer Advocate Meg Rynderman
  • fact sheets developed with and for consumers

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 two Cancer Australia funded projects, with a third underway focusing on underserved cancer survivors. The first two projects delivered the resource ‘On the road to recovery’ in Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. These resources are culturally appropriate written resources developed in partnership with consumers who speak the relevant language

The current project will produce deliverables in early 2018:

  • written resources for Tagalog and Hindi speaking survivors
  • audio resources in English, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • written resource in Easy English
  • a glossary in nine languages to support professionals including translators and interpreters
  • a group program for Chinese survivors in partnership with the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria

This project is a Cancer Australia Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative, funded by the Australian Government.

Contact: [email protected] to find out more.

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, in-services and programs (including clinical placements) 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 support for delivery of electronic treatment summaries, care plans and information events for survivors.

BUILD CAPACITY FOR DELIVERY OF SURVIVORSHIP CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship

General practice coordinates and provides holistic care to cancer survivors. The Victorian Government has provided funding for the ACSC to deliver the Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship  across 8 metropolitan and regional sites offering cancer services throughout Victoria including Peter Mac. Places are open for general practitioners,  general practice nurses and community-based allied health professionals and close April 2019. To participate, apply for the program here.

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.

2018 dates:

  • 15 March
  • 19 July
  • 29 November

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.

We promote optimal care for survivors and recommend health professionals refer to our directory of current survivorship focused clinical guidelines.

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, [email protected].