Online course in Health & Psychology

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners

Many people are now living with and beyond cancer. This course will show you how to provide effective survivorship care.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Understand the physical, psychosocial, financial effects of cancer

Cancer is a major burden of disease across the globe. Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with the illness.

This course will explore the importance of cancer survivorship, and show you how to develop an effective care plan for your patients.

You’ll learn about the psychosocial and emotional impact of having cancer, and the possible side effects of treatment.

You’ll find out about new and emerging cancer therapies, and the results on cancer survivors of various age groups.

You’ll understand the strain cancer puts on patients, healthcare systems, and primary care practitioners.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWhat do we mean by cancer survivorship? What are the implications of the growing number of people living with cancer after treatment? on individuals, carers, on primary care practitioners, and on the health system? How will new cancer therapies impact cancer survivorship in the future? These are just some of the questions you'll be encouraged to find answers to in this course. Hi, and welcome to the Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners Course. I'm Professor Jon Emery, Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the University of Melbourne. The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is an alliance of 10 organisations involved in clinical care and research about cancer in Melbourne. And together, we've designed this course for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsOver the next four weeks, you'll be introduced to topics and ideas related to cancer survivorship. The course syllabus has been developed with GPs and practise nurses in mind, to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to apply the foundations of cancer survivorship to your current work setting. This course has been developed using an inquiry-based approach to learning. Using a dramatised illustrative case study, you'll be guided through each stage of cancer survivorship care, providing a foundation for you to apply to your own work setting. The course also includes a variety of interactive learning activities to encourage you to not only engage with the course material, but with each other. So again, welcome to the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsWe're happy that you've decided to join us, and we hope you find this course rewarding, the resources useful, and that you embrace the opportunity to learn from each other.

What topics will you cover?

  • Communication and coordination of care
  • Supportive care
  • Surveillance, late and long term effects, and palliative care
  • New cancer therapies

Who is this accredited by?

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners:

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium 40 Category 1 points

Australian College of Nursing: This course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the burden that cancer, as a chronic disease, puts on patients, health care systems, and society and the evolving role of the Primary Care Practitioner.
  • Apply the models of care, optimal care pathways and clinical guidelines that guide survivorship care.
  • Identify the psychosocial impacts of cancer and its treatments.
  • Describe the risk of new primary, local or metastatic recurrences and their temporal pattern.
  • Identify the consequences of cancer treatment on cancer survivors and the opportunities new therapies provide.

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for primary healthcare providers including general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.

Who developed the course?

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia.

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is an alliance of ten Victorian organisations committed to cancer control.

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