New general practice resource to fight cancer

Thursday 7 June, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria will provide general practitioners and their staff with new support in the fight against cancer, following the launch today of the Cancer Council's Cancer in General Practice small group learning modules.
"More than 36,000 people die from cancer each year, making it the leading cause of death in Australia, and accounting for approximately $2.7 billion in direct health system costs annually. Because the vast majority of Australians visit a general practice at least once a year, we know that GPs and practice nurses are ideally placed to play a leading role in the fight against cancer," said The Cancer Council Victoria's Manager of Cancer Education Programs, Alison Peipers.
To ensure general practice has access to the latest evidence-based cancer information, the Cancer Council has produced a suite of eight small group learning modules designed to aid professional development and help GPs (and their staff) to prevent, detect and manage cancer in their practices.

"With Cancer in General Practice we have created a resource that is comprehensive and relevant for all general practice. As a result, groups can choose whether they start with an overview of the role of general practice in cancer, or instead jump straight through to more advanced topics such as the latest developments in screening for bowel cancer, or the role of HPV vaccinations in fighting cervical cancer - we've made sure small groups can match their learning pathways with their current level of knowledge," said Ms Peipers.

GPs (and their staff) can work through the modules in small groups, either set up independently or by Divisions of General Practice. The resource enables a flexible approach to learning; the modules can be used either in a series or as stand-alone sessions, allowing small groups to set and achieve their own learning objectives.

The Cancer in General Practice small group learning modules use case studies, reflective practice activities, journal articles and evidence-based guidelines to stimulate discussion and encourage knowledge sharing.The step-by-step educational resources, which can be used for either RACGP Category 1 or Category 2 CPD options, or ACRRM Peer Review Group or CME options, can be used either as a complete series, or as stand-alone resources.

While the modules are designed so that even individuals with little experience can facilitate the modules effectively, in some circumstances, the Cancer Council can provide a facilitator free of charge.

"We're keen to provide comprehensive support to all general practices so that they can help to lead the fight against cancer," Ms Peipers said.

For more information on the Cancer in General Practice small group learning modules, please contact Angie Deegan, General Practice Program Project Officer at the Cancer Council on (03) 9635 5049, or email general.practice@cancervic.org.au