- Version: 2.0
- Review due: September 2019
This course is for all health professionals and presents evidence-based and practical tools, tips and resources to help improve care for cancer survivors.
This course describes the health needs and experiences of cancer survivors, and presents useful strategies to provide effective survivorship care during and after treatment.
This module is about understanding the health needs and experiences of cancer survivors. It will touch on topics such as the prevalence of cancer in the community; demographic characteristics of cancer survivors in Australia; common health concerns; short and long term experiences of cancer survivorship; and cultural perspectives.
- Describe key features of the cancer survivorship experience
- Outline the epidemiological profile of cancer survivorship in Australia
- Recognise the importance of incorporating cancer survivorship care into health care practice
This module discusses key principles, approaches, knowledge and skills required in modern cancer survivorship care in Australia and the world.
- Identify principles underpinning contemporary approaches to cancer survivorship care
- Identify core knowledge and skills required for health professionals to provide survivorship care
This module will provide an overview of the key elements and evidence based tools and resources to support survivorship care. The specific elements reviewed in this module do not provide an exhaustive list and they are not mutually exclusive. They have been selected to provide exemplars of strategies that you may find useful in providing survivorship care.
- Identify tools and resources to implement the following elements of survivorship care:
- therapeutic communication
- framework for supportive care
- multidisciplinary care
- survivorship care plan
- shared care
- Identify processes for improving the quality of cancer survivorship care.
This module is about managing common health concerns of cancer survivors. It discusses the impact of cancer and its treatment, different interventions that can be used, managing supportive care needs, and referral for specialised services and programs.
- Describe the impact of cancer and its treatment on survivor’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing
- Describe evidence based screening and assessment approaches to identify supportive care needs of cancer survivors
- Identify evidence based interventions to minimise risk and manage common supportive care needs of cancer survivors
Giving health professionals tools to promote awareness and active participation by cancer survivors in their recovery, recuperation, and rehabilitation; helping to minimise the consequences of treatment, promote survival, health and well-being.
- Define self-management in the context of cancer survivorship
- Describe the role of health professionals in promoting self-management
- Identify tools and processes to assist promotion of self-management
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to effective survivor's self-management of long-term and late effects of cancer and its treatment. This module promotes wellness to improve physical and psychological well-being, reduced risks of side-effects or late effects of treatment, enhanced self-esteem, reduced risk of recurrence, and improve survival.
- Outline evidence to support lifestyle and behavioural changes to promote wellness in cancer survivors
- Identify the role of employment in survivors wellbeing
This package was funded by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt legacy based at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in collaboration with Cancer Australia, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sydney.