Cancer Council Victoria offers a free Nurse Ambassador Program for practice nurses looking to broaden their scope of practice to include cancer screening and prevention activities across their whole practice, with a focus on under-screened communities.
The Nurse Ambassador Program will provide practice nurses with the latest clinical knowledge about the three national cancer screening programs (bowel, breast and cervical) and viral hepatitis, so they can effectively discuss and endorse cancer screening participation and drive cancer screening uptake in their practice. The program will also focus on how to engage and support under-screened communities in cancer screening and achieve health equity for all Australians.
- Apply the latest cancer screening program information to effectively discuss and encourage eligible patients to participate in bowel, breast, cervical, and viral hepatitis screening and HPV vaccination.
- Evaluate the importance of cultural safety for underscreened populations and the barriers and enablers to cancer screening participation.
- Apply plain language when discussing cancer screening during consultation with patients.
- Implement routine recording of patients’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) status on all pathology request forms.
- Identify evidence-based resources to support your patient with cancer screening.
Details and location for the next program are currently being explored and will be published here as soon as they are finalised.
If you’d like any further information, please contact Cat Hone on 1800 111 255 or via Certification@cancervic.org.au