Nurse Ambassador Program

Cancer Council Victoria is offering 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. This program is free and open to all practice nurses in Victoria.

Why you should attend this program

The role and contributions of primary care in the effective delivery of cancer screening programs is seen as increasingly vital for cancer prevention in Australia. Whilst screening is highly effective in reducing the prevalence of bowel, breast, cervical and liver cancer in Australia, the highest incidence and mortality in these cancers are in underscreened populations.

Program overview

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 underscreened communities in cancer screening and achieve health equity for all Australians. Nurses will be recognised as ‘Cancer Screening Ambassadors’ after completing a series of four online webinars plus a reflective practice activity in their own practice. Nurse will be further supported with ongoing cancer screening updates, information and professional development via access to Cancer Council Victoria’s Speculum Newsletter.

Learning outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. Evaluate the importance of cultural safety for underscreened populations and the barriers and enablers to cancer screening participation
  3. Apply plain language when discussing cancer screening during consultation with patients.
  4. Implement routine recording of patients’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) status on all pathology request forms.
  5. Identify evidence-based resources to support your patient with cancer screening.

Webinar dates

  • Thursday 8 July 2021: 1:00pm–3:00pm via Zoom
  • Tuesday 13 July 2021: 1:00pm–3:00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 22 July 2021: 1:00pm–3:00pm via Zoom
  • Tuesday 27 July 2021: 1:00pm–3:00pm via Zoom

* Please note attendance at all webinars plus the completion of a reflective practice activity is required in order to become a Cancer Screening Ambassador.

Upon completion

Upon completion nurses will receive a certificate of completion for their CPD records, plus a poster and badge to display in their practice recognising them as a ‘Cancer Screening Ambassador’.

 

Register here

 

If you’d like any further information, please contact Cat Hone on 1800 111 255 or via  Certification@cancervic.org.au