Upcoming webinars

Challenging a misconception - nothing can be done to address financial toxicity

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm AEDT

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This webinar will address the issue of financial toxicity, and will be led by COSA Survivorship’s Financial Toxicity working group. This multidisciplinary team has been working together on a range of projects to help to better define financial toxicity for cancer patients, and to better understand the knowledge, opinions, and current practices of supporting patients with cancer to alleviate financial concerns.

Facilitated by Prof Ray Chan, the webinar will share recent evidence on clinician experience and knowledge of financial toxicity in Australia, and will feature case studies that demonstrate the range of patient experiences at different stages of cancer treatment and care. Following this we will welcome our panel representing various multidisciplinary team and consumer perspectives for a facilitated discussion with Q&A.

During this session, participants will develop an understanding of:

  • the key issues that Australian clinicians have when faced with patients that are struggling financially
  • how financial toxicity can happen at varying levels – from low levels of out-of-pocket expenses through to hidden expenses, as well as the higher cost of a big bill for treatment
  • why practices and processes need to account for the range of patient experiences at different stages of cancer treatment and care
  • what you can do to help recognise and address financial toxicity issues for your patients

Speakers / Panellists

  • Open and acknowledgement of country - Professor Ray Chan, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University SA
  • Defining and understanding financial toxicity: Have we really done enough? – Megan Varlow, Director Cancer Control Policy, Cancer Council Australia
  • Current State of Practice for Addressing Financial Toxicity: A National Survey – Assoc Prof Louisa Gordon, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Panel: Challenging a misconception - nothing can be done to address financial toxicity

  • Lee Hunt - Consumer representative
  • Deme Karikios - Medical oncologist
  • Carla Thamm - Cancer Nurse
  • Kim Hobbs - Social worker
  • Laura Muir - Manager, Client Experience, Legal & Financial Services, Cancer Council NSW
  • Daniel Lindsay - Researcher in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with cancer

Webinar recordings 

Nurses integrating optimal survivorship care: it's everyone's business (12 October 2021) – member content

This webinar Nurses integrating optimal survivorship care: it’s everyone’s business is a collaboration between COSA, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and Cancer Council Victoria.


  • Professor Ray Chan, Director and Professor of Cancer Nursing, Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • Cyril Dixon, Acting Director Support Services at Ovarian Cancer Australia
  • Josh Hart, NUM of the Radiotherapy unit at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Bethany Crowe, CNC and Nurse Researcher Fellow at Princess Alexandra Hospital


  • Katherine Lane, Head of Cancer Information and Support Services, Strategy & Support, Cancer Council Victoria
  • Anne Mellon, Clinical Nurse Consultant Gynaecological Oncology, Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer
  • Kim Hurley, Consumer representative

About the session

The webinar will be focused on the role nurses play in providing cancer survivorship care.

Facilitated by Prof Ray Chan, it will include three presentations and a facilitated panel discussion. The three 10 minute presentations will illustrate nurses integrating survivorship care in three different care settings followed by a Q&A. Following this we welcome three panel members, including a consumer, for a facilitated panel discussion based on the key messages delivered in the presentations.

During this session, participants will develop an understanding of:

  • Awareness and understanding of how survivorship care aligns with different nursing roles
  • Awareness of coordination and communication between nurses and other healthcare providers as essential to ensuring optimal survivorship care
  • The role of nurses to identify unmet needs and customise survivorship care
  • Confidence in when/ how initiate discussions about survivorship and common issues, and
  • Direct learners to evidence-based tools and supports

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

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