Addressing supportive care needs is an integral part of optical cancer care and accessing timely, evidence-based information and support is essential for both people affected by cancer and health care professionals. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-2020 places focus for cancer patients and their families and carers to seek information, peer support and supportive care services at all stages of the cancer pathway. But where do people go for information?
A recent review on behalf of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Consumer health information needs and preferences: A rapid evidence review (2017), identified that although the internet is an increasingly popular source of health care information, it is generally seen as supplementary to advice from a health care professional 1.
This places emphasis on directing people to credible information and support. Cancer Council Victoria would like to invite you and your colleagues to attend a free Patient Information You Can Trust session. Using a case study to demonstrate how our programs can help your patients, interactive components of the session provide participants an opportunity to reflect on clinical experience, communication and referral to support services.
Date: Monday 3 September
Location: 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Booking is essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP by 27 August 2018.
- Ramsay I, Peters M, Corsini N and Eckert M (2017) Consumer health information needs and preferences: a rapid evidence review. Sydney: ACSQHC
Three fact sheets – “What Is Cancer?”, “Coping with Cancer Fatigue” and “Caring for Someone with Cancer” – are now available to download in bilingual versions in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tamil, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
New editions now available: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers. Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer – an online fact sheet (available to download, not otherwise in hard copy)
John Colebatch (1909–2005) was the pioneer of paediatric chemotherapy in Australia. Thanks in part to his work, most children now survive cancer. Read this fascinating account of his life by Tim Colebatch, John’s youngest son and former editor and columnist with The Age.