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Calling health professionals to facilitate cancer support program

Monday 17 March, 2008

The Cancer Council is calling for oncology health professionals to facilitate the Living with Cancer Education Program for cancer patients and their family and friends.

This program provides people with much needed information about living with cancer and ways to improve quality of life after treatment.

The facilitator training course will be held at The Cancer Council on the 7 and 8 May, 2008 and is accredited by the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said the course provides health professionals with the skills to discuss a range of emotional and physical issues faced by people when they are living with 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 oncology 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: Oncology health professionals interested in providing support to people affected by cancer:

When: Wednesday 7 May & Thursday 8 May, 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