Catching a killer

Lung cancer kills more Australians each year than any other cancer—in fact, it kills more Australians than melanoma, breast and prostate cancer combined.

Novel therapies and changes to care recommendations, which can improve survival and treatment outcomes for people with lung cancer, are emerging. 

Learn about how you can contribute to early detection and optimal care of people with lung cancer. Access Prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment planning, the first new module of Best practice management of lung cancer – Version 2.

 View the lung cancer course here →

Training the trainer - on two continents

Joan Thomas has worked in Cancer Care for the past 30 years, the first 20 odd in the UK, and the last nine years here in Australia. She has been involved in the development of projects that have been successful in influencing cancer care across the world and has presented both here and at international conferences on the 24 Hour Triage Toolkit, and Sexuality and Intimacy in cancer care

Joan was a part of the Greater Midlands Cancer Network Senior Nursing Team in the UK that worked with the United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) to develop the Oncology / Haematology 24 Hour Triage Rapid Assessment and Access Tool Kit, and she also collaborated with an Australian working party for the implementation of the tools. Joan has implemented the toolkit in two units, one in the UK and one in Australia.

Joan’s next venture is adapting the UKONS Acute oncology initial management guidelines for use in Australia.

Train the trainer, workshop & focus groups

Participants from all 5 states (warm bodies & ethereal ones) joined us last week for our 24 hour triage toolkit workshop and eviQ Education focus groups. A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended, got involved and hopefully had some fun on the day. 

You'll find a summary of the day's activities below, but for all those who'd like to know the benefits of implementing the toolkit in their workplace, we highly recommend watching the day's video sessions. You can also download speaker slide show presentations.

 View our 24 hour triage training videos and slides here →

24-Hour triage training

Triage toolkit presentation

The toolkit presentation, delivered by Joan Thomas, focused on the importance of using the log sheet along with the toolkit and having experienced oncology staff answering calls.

The toolkit case-studies workshop

Each group used the toolkit to work on different presenting scenarios. They then delivered their assessment findings to the group. The session finished with a short Q & A.

The panel Q & A

Implementing the Toolkit panel members were introduced and their tips shared. The Q & A session centred on lessons learned re toolkit implementation.

Image: eviQ Education’s Lisa McLean introduces the panel - Joan Thomas (Cancer Services Manager, Chemotherapy Day Units, Peninsula Health), Angela Mellerick (Nurse Unit Manager, day oncology, Olivia Newton John Cancer centre) & Judith Merry (Nurse Coordinator, Central Coast Cancer Centre)

Joan’s tips:
  • Staff training – use senior staff
  • Infrastructure is paramount
  • Pathways for referral to Emergency Department
  • Collaborative working with all stakeholders (CDU/INPT/ED)
Angela’s tips:
  • Ensure good project governance
  • Include all key stakeholders
  • Formally capture activities
  • Communication skills
Judith’s tips:
  • Training training training!
  • Tool is effective

To quickly find all the triage tools and associated eviQ Education resources, go to our 24-hour triage rapid learning page

Focus group workshops – Clinical teaching, practice & support

The day finished up with workshops focusing on how eviQ Education can better support workplace learning and clinical educators. Check out some hi-lights below.

Image: Consultant, Alison Evans, running eviQ Education focus group workshops

Hi fives

What makes education useful?
  1. Back to basics with the option to get more detail/extend
  2. Relevant case studies across different topic areas (surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, transplant etc)
  3. Having a facilitator module with ideas for pre-/post-assessment
  4. Good evaluation questions (what have you learned, what will you change etc)
  5. Icky pictures! Visuals to demonstrate things to be aware of (e.g. skin conditions)
Trending topics
  1. Clinical trials – what they are, terminology, how to talk to patients about them, where to direct patients to
  2. How drugs work: chemotherapy, immunotherapies
  3. Oral therapies rapid learning module
  4. Distress
  5. Survivorship/post-treatment care
Supporting learning - wish list
  1. eviQ Education App
  2. Break longer modules into chunks
  3. Automatically update new modules and ADAC updates onto My Health Learning (NSW)
  4. CAR-T cell
  5. Immunotherapies

Creating your resources

If you’ve ever wondered how eviQ Education decides on and develops resources, this one page program overview explains it in a nutshell.

 View our program overview here →

Your resource delivery systems

eviQ education website (CMS) v Facility Learning management system (LMS)

eviQ Education resources are available via the eviQ Education website (a content management System (CMS)) and via a Facility LMS. If your Australian/NZ employer has an LMS, we can provide courses to load into your system.

See the differences between what each system can provide in our eviQ website CMS v facility LMS comparison table.

Go to our CMS v LMS comparison table now →

eviQ updates

Translated Patient Information titles

Seven patient information sheets, covering general cancer treatment information and side effect management, have now been translated into nine different languages—Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. The patient sheet 'Understanding chemotherapy' has also been translated into Macedonian and Thai.

View the translated titles.

Join the eviQ team!

eviQ are recruiting for two eviQ content author roles—a medical oncology nurse and a haematology/BMT pharmacist. Closing date is Monday, 7 October 2019. For more information about the roles, go to I work for NSW.

eviQ protocol update

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eviQ also lists all recently added protocols and updates made in the past 90 days on their content area homepages: Cancer genetics Haematology and BMT Medical oncology Radiation oncology Clinical resources

eviQ →

As usual...

 eviQ Education flyers available for your practice - Featuring a catalogue of all our courses. You can now print your own flyer to display in your workplace.

 Facilitator training (online webinars): Register for our next online facilitator training:

  • ADAC Q & A sessions - Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - 10.00 am – 11.00 am (EST)
  • Introduction to ADAC - Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm (EST)
  • Introduction to ADAC in the non cancer setting - Thursday 24th October 2019 - 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (EST) 

View the training calendar here

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“Can the system keep track of my progress and issue certificates?​”

A: It depends :)  The eviQ Education website is a standard website. It provides access to all resources, but has no functionality to track or record completions or progress. A facility’s Learning Management System (LMS) is an education application that can track your training records, progress and completion. Organisation Facilitators select their LMS resources.

Compare the systems →



Did you know?

Lung cancer 5 year survival rate is only 3% for stage IV lung cancer, but 68% for stage I lung cancer.

Learn more about early recognition of symptoms and timely referral for initial investigations in  Module 1 of Best practice management of lung cancer - Version 2.

Go to the course now →