Allied health providing cancer survivorship care (25 May 2021)  member content

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 webinar Allied health providing cancer survivorship care – a facilitated panel discussion bringing together experts to provide insight on the context, challenges and opportunities on cancer survivorship care in the rural or regional setting to:

  • explore common unmet needs of regional or rural cancer survivors
  • assist allied health professionals to identify and effectively manage these needs through evidence based tools and support
  • discuss optimal care and communication of healthcare professionals when patients transfer between metropolitan cancer centres and rural and regional areas.

This webinar is targeted at allied health professionals who work in a rural or regional setting or interact with cancer survivors who move between metropolitan and rural or regional healthcare services

The panel discussion was facilitated by Dr Rob Zielinski, Chair of the COSA Regional and Rural Group and a Medical Oncologist from Orange, NSW. He was joined by the following expert panellists, who work and practice predominantly in regional and rural settings:

  • Dr Craig Underhill, Medical Oncologist, VIC
  • Peggy Briggs, Nurse, WA
  • Kim Hobbs, Social Worker, NSW
  • Jenni Bourke, Occupational Therapist, VIC
  • Dr Kate Gunn, Clinical Psychologist, SA
  • Kerry, cancer survivor, SA

Previous webinar recordings

The important role allied health plays in the care of cancer patients' post-treatment - an interactive case review: A collaborative webinar of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC), COSA and Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) 

The important role of primary care in follow-up for cancer survivors: A collaborative webinar of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

Online learning

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners (VCCC/University of Melbourne - Future Learn): A four week course aimed at primary care providers, including general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals. This course covers the fundamentals of survivorship, new and emerging cancer therapies, as well as coordinated supportive care for cancer survivors.

Cancer Survivorship – Introductory Course (eviQ): Updated in 2020 by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) in collaboration with a number of cancer survivorship experts, this six-part course is aimed at all health care professionals. 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.

Health after Cancer (Stanford University School of Medicine): This 2-hour course aims to bring a practical approach to the care of cancer survivors to an audience of healthcare professionals who are working in primary care and other specialties.

Cancer Survivorship Conferences  
These national conferences are a partnership between the COSA and Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute:

Cancer Survivorship 2021
Life after cancer. Redefined, Reimagined and Rebuilt 
18-19 March - 100% virtual
2021 presentations (available to conference delegates for 12 months)

Resources from the Cognition and Cancer Survivors Workshop - 18 March 2021
Cognition and cancer survivors workshop summary
Presentation slides -  Haryana Dhillon
Cognition and cancer survivors workshop resources

Cancer Survivorship 2019 
Future of Cancer Survivorship: Evolution or Revolution 
28-29 March - Sydney, New South Wales
2019 Presentations*

Cancer Survivorship 2017 
Pathways to Better Policy and Practice 
2-3 February - Adelaide, South Australia 
2017 Presentations*

* Presentations are available to COSA members only