Health professionals needed to facilitate cancer program

Tuesday 23 October, 2007
Health professionals are encouraged to attend a Living With Cancer Education Program Facilitator Training Course on the 14 and 15 November.

The Living With Cancer Education Program is delivered by health professionals for people with cancer and their family and friends. It provides information about living with cancer and enhancing quality of life.

The course is accredited by the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority and provides health professionals with the skills to discuss the range of issues people face when they are living with cancer. It also covers group facilitation skills, adult learning techniques and program promotion.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said the training program is ideal for health professionals interested in providing support to people affected by cancer:

"Many people are distressed after receiving a cancer diagnosis and find it difficult to adjust to life after treatment," Dr Hordern said.

"The Living With Cancer Education Program allows people to ask questions and discuss their concerns in an open and supportive environment. It also provides an opportunity to meet others going through a similar experience."

Qualified health professionals are trained and resourced by The Cancer Council Victoria to run this program. The program is run in small groups and held over half a day or over 4-8 weeks. Facilitators ensure relevant, up-to-date information is provided to all participants.

Program facilitator and specialist Breast Cancer Nurse, Leanne Storer said the Living With Cancer Education Program is a wonderful source of information and support for cancer patients and their families.

"Participants learn a great deal about cancer and what to expect throughout their cancer journey," Ms Storer said.

"Facilitating this program is very rewarding, particularly when participants say that you have helped bring the ‘living' back in to their life. I encourage all health professionals who are interested in helping people affected by cancer to register for this training course."

What: Living With Cancer Education Program Facilitator Training Course

Who: Health professionals interested in providing support to people affected by cancer:

When: Wednesday 14 November & Thursday 15 November, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Where: The Cancer Council Victoria, 100 Drummond Street, Carlton

Topics will include:
· Orientation to the facilitators manual and videos
· Group facilitation skills
· Adult learning techniques
· Program promotion

For more information or to register, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or email lwcep@cancervic.org.au.

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