•   4hrs
  •   Restricted access
  •   Review due: June 2018

This online training program has been developed for health professionals who work clinically in oncology to support local implementation of routine screening for anxiety and depression.


About

The training will provide an overview of the Australian Clinical Pathway for the Identification and Management of Anxiety and Depression in Adult Cancer Patients and the communication skills required to discuss screening and referral for anxiety and depression. Some of the content and examples in the modules may seem obvious to you. This is good because it means that you already have considerable skill and experience in this area. Think of this as a refresher. For other participants these modules are a new way to approach screening and referral discussions.

The training includes practical examples to help apply your learning to your clinical practice and tips from oncology clinicians about how they discuss anxiety and depression with their patients. The examples are provided as a guide to help you build confidence to refine your own approach to initiating these sometimes challenging conversations.

This training is currently only available to participants of the ADAPT portal pilot study conducted by the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) at the University of Sydney. This study has been approved by the St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number 16/198).

How long will it take to complete this training?

This training has been developed with the busy oncology clinician in mind. Health professionals can complete the training at their own pace. Training does not need to be completed in one sitting.
While you can access each module individually, we recommend the modules are completed sequentially starting with module 1 as each module builds on the information provided previously.


Modules

This education resource consists of 5 modules that address the key issues that arise when discussing screening and referral of adult cancer patients with anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and Depression in Cancer (30 minutes). This module describes the illness experience for a person with cancer and the impact of cancer on mental health.

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This module outlines the Australian Clinical Pathway for the Identification and Management of Anxiety and Depression in Adult Cancer Patients and how to apply the pathway in busy oncology settings.

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On completion of the module, you will be able to comfortably explain to a patient that screening for anxiety and depression is an important and standard part of cancer care.

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On completion of this module, you will be able to comfortably make a referral to psychological support.

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On completion of this module, you will be able to discuss referral to psychological support with patients who are reluctant to accept support.

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Additional Information


The Health Professional Training Modules were developed as part of the Anxiety and Depression Pathway (ADAPT) Program, led by the Psycho-oncology Cooperative Research Group. Members of the ADAPT Program Group have contributed to ADAPT activities and resources. The ADAPT Program is funded by a Translational Program Grant from the Cancer Institute NSW.

The learning modules were developed by Dr Joanne Shaw, Dr Melanie Price and Ms Karen Allison, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), The University of Sydney.
Members of the working group, Prof Brian Kelly, Dr Toni Lindsay, A/Prof Peter Grimison, Prof Tim Shaw and Ms Kate Baychek kindly shared their clinical and educational expertise throughout the training program.
Online video production was provided by Audio Visual Services, Information and Communication Technology at the University of Sydney. Music composition (Is that you or are you you?) was by Chris Zabriskie and licensed under Attribution-Share Alike.

The author(s) and publishers of this training resource thank The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) for permission to include copyright material from the Inter-professional Psycho-oncology Distance Education (IPODE) Screening for Distress Education Program.

Screening and Management of Anxiety and Depression in Adult Cancer Patients (Portal pilot)

What you will achieve

  • Understand the different presentations of anxiety and depression in cancer
  • Understand how to apply the Australian Clinical Pathway for the Identification and Management of Anxiety and Depression in Adult Cancer Patients in busy oncology settings
  • Greater confidence in discussing screening and referral for anxiety and depression with patients

Who is this course for?

Oncology health professionals implementing screening and referral for anxiety and depression within their hospital and/or oncology clinics.

 

Access

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