- Version: 4.0
- Review due: July 2023
This introductory course is for all health professionals with an interest in cancer survivorship.
This course explores the health needs and experiences of cancer survivors, and presents useful frameworks, guidelines, tools and strategies to provide optimal cancer survivorship care.
This module explores the health needs and experiences of cancer survivors. It includes the following topics: defining cancer survivorship and survivorship care, survivorship statistics, the experience of living with and beyond cancer and key population groups and considerations for survivorship (children, adolescents and young adults, older adults and Indigenous Australians). Complete the topics that are relevant to you.
- Define the terms survivor and survivorship care
- Outline the context of cancer survivorship in Australia
- Describe the experience of survivors living with and beyond cancer
- Identify survivorship considerations for key population groups
This module discusses key international and national survivorship care frameworks and explores various models of survivorship care. It includes the following topics: survivorship care frameworks, models of survivorship care and quality survivorship care. Complete the topics that are relevant to you.
- Outline the key principles underpinning survivorship care
- Discuss frameworks that guide survivorship care in Australia and internationally
- Describe other models of survivorship care, including shared care
- Discuss ways to measure quality survivorship care
This module recognises the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in cancer survivorship care. It highlights the role of allied health, primary care and community-based services in supporting survivors. It includes the following topics: a multidisciplinary approach, supportive care and assessing the needs of survivors, primary care and community-based services. Complete the topics that are relevant to you.
- Describe the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to survivorship care
- Discuss supportive care and assessing the needs of survivors
- Describe the important role of primary care in survivorship care
- Outline the role community-based services and non-government organisations can play in survivorship care
This module discusses the importance of survivorship care plans as a key element of survivorship care. It includes tools and resources to develop survivorship care plans.
- Discuss the purpose of using survivorship care plans as a part of follow-up survivorship care
- Describe the type of information that should be included in a survivorship care plan and who should prepare care plans
- Identify online tools available to support the development of survivorship care plans
- Outline the benefits and challenges that exist with using and implementing survivorship care plans as part of routine follow-up care
This module highlights the benefits of self-management for cancer survivors. It includes resources and services to support survivors to self-manage and take an active role in their recovery.
- Explain the importance of a self-management approach for cancer survivors
- Define self-management and supported self-management in the context of cancer survivorship and person-centred care
- Outline factors to consider when determining readiness to self-manage
- Identify resources and services to support self-management
This module explores the importance of focusing on the physical, psychosocial and practical wellbeing of cancer survivors. It discusses techniques such as motivational interviewing to encourage cancer survivors to improve their health behaviours. It includes the following topics: wellbeing and promoting behaviour change. Complete the topics that are relevant to you.
- Discuss the importance of wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle for cancer survivors
- Describe physical, practical and emotional wellbeing considerations for survivors
- Outline strategies to effectively communicate with patients and promote behaviour change
Acknowledgements and funding
The original course was developed in 2013 and was funded by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, based Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in collaboration with Cancer Australia, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sydney.
The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre is funded by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
This course was updated in 2020 by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre in collaboration with a number of cancer survivorship experts. We would specifically like to acknowledge the experts listed here.