Cancer education programs: facilitator training

Resources for facilitators of our Cancer Education Programs, Living with Cancer Education Program (LWCEP) and Wellness and Life After Cancer (WALAC), are available in the secure members' area.

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Research indicates that group-based cancer education programs can help develop resilience and improve communication with loved ones. People who are well-informed about cancer and its management also tend to be more confident when dealing with their health care providers.

Our group-based supportive care programs help patients, carers and families to make sense of cancer and treatment, and to ease the transition into survivorship. The programs offered in hospitals and clinics across Victoria are Living with Cancer Education Program and Wellness and Life after Cancer.

Our interactive facilitator training courses provide everything required to successfully deliver these highly regarded programs, including:

  • Group facilitation skills and adult learning principles
  • Opportunities to practise skills learned
  • Program planning, promotion and recruitment strategies
  • A facilitator manual and program resources 
  • Networking and regional/yearly planning opportunities

The training program provides a great opportunity to network with other professionals in your field. Facilitators are supported to tailor the program to best meet the needs of their patients.

Training details

Please contact Cancer Council Victoria at lwcep@cancervic.org.au for details about costs and dates of upcoming facilitator training programs.

After you complete the training

Once trained and endorsed by Cancer Council Victoria, facilitators can keep their skills up to date through attendance at professional development activities. Our Education and Training team is always available for ongoing support.

“I became a Living With Cancer Education Program facilitator because as a social worker in the day oncology unit, I had heard good feedback on how helpful the program was from patients. I am a believer in peer support, so apart from the fabulous information people get, they have an opportunity to talk to others in the same boat.” – Julie 

Living with Cancer Education Program

This program covers:

  • dealing with treatment and side effects
  • communicating with family and friends
  • building relationships with a healthcare team
  • relaxation strategies
  • nutrition and exercise during treatment

Wellness and Life after Cancer

This program covers:

  • adjusting to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment
  • adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours
  • strategies that assist with supported self-management
  • returning to work and managing the financial impacts of cancer
Updated: 10 Feb, 2017