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4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference

  • 24–25 March 2022, Bayview Eden, Melbourne

The 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held 24–25 March 2022 and is presented by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and the VCCC Alliance. Building on the success of previous conferences in 2016, 2018 and 2020, the 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference promises a diverse and stimulating program, harnessing evidence and best practice to improve outcomes for cancer survivors. The conference theme is ‘Shifting Gears: Rethinking Survivorship’. 

Abstracts submissions are now open until 19 November 2021. Please register here.

Victorian Cancer Survivorship Community of Practice

  • Thursday, 11 November 2021 - CANCELLED

The upcoming Cancer Survivorship Community of Practice scheduled for November 2021, hosted by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre in collaboration with the Department of Health, has been cancelled.  The difficult decision to cancel this event has been made in recognition of the pressure that health services are under as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the basis that many of our attendees and speakers work within clinical services.  The ACSC look forward to hosting this event in 2022.

For further information, you can contact the ACSC team (03) 8559 6220 or [email protected]

This is a joint initiative between the Department of Health and the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre.

Delivering Innovative Cancer Survivorship Care

Education for health professionals

  • Dates to be released soon

This free, virtual, introductory course is open to all nursing and allied health staff. It will provide participants with skills, knowledge and resources for implementing cancer survivorship care.

The program includes:
- Key elements of survivorship including the common experiences of cancer survivors
- Promoting wellness and self-management
- Motivational interviewing techniques

It is anticipated that participants will gain increased knowledge and confidence in these areas of survivorship care.

The DICSC workshop is run with the aim of strengthening survivorship capability in the health system. It is typically run as a face to face, full day session. This event is being run as a modified, virtual event. It offers up-to-date, evidence-based practical tools, tips and resources designed to help improve care for cancer survivors.

For enquires please email [email protected]

Past Events

Victorian Cancer Survivorship Research Forum

Research collaboration and networking opportunities for health professionals

The 6th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Research Forum was hosted by the ACSC in collaboration with the Victorian Cancer Agency on 21 October 2021.  This forum provided an opportunity for Victorian-based healthcare professionals, researchers and organisations to hear about the excellent work that is underway by interstate experts and fellow Victorians working in cancer survivorship.  The event is open to anyone interested or involved in cancer survivorship research, so if you’re a researcher, clinician, student, consumer, policymaker or other health professional, please join us at the next Research Forum!

The latest webinar featured presentations from the following experts:

  • Dr Fiona Crawford- Williams (Queensland University of Technology) -
  • A/Prof Maria McCarthy (The Royal Children's Hospital) - EMergE: An Ehealth Model of Care for Paediatric Patients and Families at the End-of-Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
  • Dr Nikki McCaffrey (Deakin University) - Economics of Cancer Care across the Continuum in Victoria (ECCC)

Webinar: Nurses integrating optimal survivorship care

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre will co-hosted the “Nurses integrating optimal survivorship care“ webinar on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.  Prof Ray Chan facilitated an exciting combination of presentations followed by a robust panel discussion on current models of care. 

This was a collaboration between the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, and Cancer Council Victoria.  

To read more about the presenters and panelists please review their biographies here.

Parkville Cancer Survivorship Clinical Champions Forum

Opportunity to share survivorship initiatives and knowledge for health professionals

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre hosted the Parkville Survivorship Clinical Champions Forum.  The forum brought together professionals from Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Women’s and Peter Mac together to support enhanced cancer survivorship care across the Parkville precinct. 

For enquires please email [email protected]

Webinar: Allied health providing cancer survivorship care

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC), Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) and Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) presented the Allied health providing cancer survivorship care webinar. This facilitated panel discussion brought together experts who shared their insights on the context, challenges and opportunities in cancer survivorship care in the rural or regional setting.

Watch the webinar here.

To read more about the presenters please review their biographies here.

The resource list referred to in this webinar is available here.

Webinar: The important role allied health plays in the care of cancer patients post-treatment – an interactive case review.

ACSC, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) delivered a webinar on the important role allied health plays in the care of cancer patients post-treatment. This webinar included an interactive case review of Meg Rynderman's OAM story on Thursday, 6 August 2020.

For more information on the expert panel please click here.

Watch the recorded webinar here.

Webinar: The important role of primary care in follow-up for cancer survivors

ACSC, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) delivered a webinar on the importance of primary care in follow up for cancer survivors on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Watch the recorded webinar here.

3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference

The 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference was a great success. Co-hosted by the ACSC with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, we welcomed almost 200 local and international delegates.

The conference theme, ‘A 2020 Vision – Building on learnings, partnering for success’, acknowledges significant progress in research and practice improvement, anticipates the next steps and recognises the importance of broad partnerships to achieve optimal outcomes for cancer survivors. 

The two-day conference included a strong line-up of local and international speakers who shared their outstanding work. Invited speakers included Anton Enus, Prof Deborah K Mayer, Prof Adam Glaser and  Prof Afaf Girgis AM. 


The important work of the ACSC and our collaborators was showcased throughout the conference with presentations from Professor Michael Jefford, Dr Karolina Lisy, Helana Kelly, Amanda Piper, Nicole Kinnane, Dr Victoria Garwood, Suzannah Roushdy, Dr Claudia Zeneca Morales and Yunhui (Cherry) Liang.

It was positive to see so much qualit​y work to improve the standard of care for cancer survivors featured throughout the conference. We congratulate the winners of the conference awards:

  • Best Student Presentation – Dr Victoria Garwood
  • Best Oral Presentation – Nathan Harrison
  • Best Poster Presentation – Paula Howell

Conference delegates were highly entertained by the great debate. The panel discussion reflected on ‘Taking charge. People living with and beyond cancer must manage their own healthcare needs.  We saw the return of seasoned debaters Prof Jon Emery and Prof Bogda Koczwara. Joining Prof Emery in the affirmative team were Prof Deborah Mayer and Dr Marcus Grzechnik (consumer representative). Joining Prof Koczwara in the opposing team were Prof Grant McArthur and Meg Rynderman OAM (ACSC consumer representative).

Further details can be found at the 3rd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference.  The 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held in 2022.