Advanced Communication Skills Retreat 2021

  

For all health professionals working with cancer patients

Sharpen your clinical communication skills at this three-day intensive retreat. In the fourth iteration of this unique program our expert clinicians facilitate small group workshops using simulated patients for practice of real-world scenarios.

The retreat has been accredited by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRMM). Information on the accreditation can be found below.

Through learning tailored to challenges from your individual clinical practice, you will enhance your core skills in:

  • Delivering bad news
  • Discussing life-limiting illness and end-of-life care
  • Managing mismatched expectations between patients and treating teams
  • Discussing advanced care planning and determining goals of care
  • Using feedback to maximise learning
  • Shared decision making between patients and healthcare teams
  • Engaging and empowering patients

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Hear what previous participants had to say:
  • "I identified enormous improvements in my communication skills, and now have frameworks I will work with in my clinical practice"

  • "I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who interacts with patients.  The skills you learn not only make you a better communicator, they make you a better clinician."

  • "Fantastic course! Small group experiential learning meant the teaching could be tailored to our individual needs. Totally relevant to my practice – in fact it should be encouraged for all clinicians no matter their field."

Previous participants have represented general practice, palliative medicine and all areas of oncology.

For more information about this retreat please contact education@cancervic.org.au    

Program

Retreat Program Overview

Please note: the program order is subject to change. The retreat includes a canape reception. Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.

To receive updates, please email education@cancervic.org.au

 

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Teaching faculty

Peter Martin, MB BCh BAO, MMed, FAChPM
Peter Martin

Professor of Clinical Communication & End-of-Life Care, Deakin University School of Medicine.

Director, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare (OCPH), Deakin University, Faculty of Health.

Palliative Medicine Physician at Barwon Health.

Peter has been involved with communication skills training for 25+ years and has been a clinician for over 30 years. His clinical interest is cancer cachexia. He has taught communication skills with Cambridge, Monash, Melbourne and Deakin medical schools. He has taught at numerous postgraduate courses with a variety of health professional disciplines nationally over the last 15+ years.

Since becoming the Director of OCPH he has developed and run numerous 1,2 or 3-day courses on healthcare communication including numerous train-the-trainer courses. The OCPH’s major intervention is an organisational level intervention to drive person-centred healthcare communication called Your Thoughts Matter.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-martin-b55a102a

@petermartinsept

@EACH_Aus (Australian EACH)

Meg Chiswell Meg Chiswell

Deputy Director, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare, Deakin University, Faculty of Health

Meg originally worked as a Radiation Therapist and educator at RMIT University in Melbourne before moving into strategic oversight of programs at Cancer Council Victoria including 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support, Cancer Education and Peer Support Programs, and the Victorian Cancer Clinicians Communication Program.

Meg has been instrumental in building communication skills programs for health professionals and non-clinical staff working with cancer patients in Victoria. Meg has personally delivered more than 100 experiential healthcare communication skills programs to over 600 professionals.

Meg is a member of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) and is the Australian representative on the teaching subcommittee (tEACH) for this group. In 2016, Meg convened the inaugural Teaching Communication in Healthcare Conference and Education Program in partnership with EACH and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, bringing together more than 120 local and international delegates. Following the success of these events, Meg has worked closely with Peter Martin to establish and lead the Australian tEACH network for communication skills educators in healthcare.

@meg_chiswell

Dr Debra Leung, MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FANZCA Debra Leung

Debra is a staff specialist anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Her areas of clinical specialty include onco-anaesthesia and the prehabilitation of high-risk surgical patients undergoing major cancer surgery.

Her related academic and clinical interest lies in Shared Decision Making for high-risk surgical patients. In this capacity, she has established a Shared Decision Making pathway for high-risk surgical patients at the Peter Mac. She has also headed up a project, working in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Perioperative Medicine SIG and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) in the UK, to produce the first short animated film to increase patient engagement with perioperative shared decision making.

Debra is a trained facilitator in healthcare communication skills and works closely with the Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare based at Deakin University. In 2017, she started the first experiential communication skills Shared Decision Making workshop specifically tailored for perioperative clinicians. She is also currently undertaking a Masters of Medicine by research examining the use of patient focus groups to redesign surgical risk and shared decision making aids for high-risk surgical patients.

Scholarships

Cancer Council Victoria is excited to offer two scholarships to attend the 2021 Advanced Communication Skills Retreat; one for nurses and the other to allied health professionals.

Applications are open and must be submitted by Monday 28 June 2021.

Eligibility

Applications are open to all Victorian based nurses and allied health professionals working in regional or rural health services that work with cancer patients.

We are looking to support people in the early stage of their career and seek applications from people who are in the first 5 years of working with people affected by cancer.

Nursing applicants must be a member of Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA).

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Resident visa.

Conditions

A completed Application Form must be submitted with a CV using the link below to demonstrate how the applicant will apply their key learnings from the retreat and contribute to advancing oncology communication skills in their area of practice.

The successful recipient of the scholarship must be Victorian based and be able to attend the retreat in the Yarra Valley on 5-8 October 2021.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel and the successful applicant will be notified by Monday 12 July 2021.

Within 3 months of attending the retreat, the successful scholarship recipient agrees to:

  • Participate in the creation of a promotional video for use in future retreat promotion
  • Provide a written testimonial describing their experience of the retreat

Each scholarship covers one subsidised registration valued at $2450. The scholarship is not transferable for cash or to another recipient.

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Scholarship recipients will be covered for:

  • Participation in the education program, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Wednesday to Friday (6-8 October 2021), for one delegate
  • Accommodation for one delegate for three nights (5-8 October 2021) at the Yarra Valley Lodge
  • Canapes and non-alcoholic beverages on Tuesday evening (5 October 2021) for one delegate
  • Full buffet breakfast for one delegate for three days (6-8 October 2021) at Yarra Valley Lodge served in the Bella Restaurant
  • Access to complimentary Yarra Valley Lodge facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and walking trails
  • Free wireless internet for casual usage throughout the main building of the Yarra Valley Lodge

Scholarship recipients will not be covered for any additional costs of attending the retreat, including but not limited to:

  • Transport to and from the Yarra Valley Lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages (delegates may purchase at own cost)
  • Resort facilities with added charges (for example, golfing facilities)
  • Mini bar, room service and incidentals
  • Meal charges for in-room guests (breakfast, lunch, dinner and all other meals and beverages)
  • Accommodation charges where an additional room or additional bedding is required
  • Optional extras

Registration rates

Early bird registration rate (before 1 June 2021)*

$3500 including GST

Standard registration rate (after 1 June 2021)

$3850 including GST

Subsidised registration rate*
(Allied health/nursing/trainee)

$2450 including GST

2017, 2018 and 2019 Alumni discounted rate

$2450 including GST

 

*Limited places available

 

Closing dates

Early bird registrations close on Tuesday 1 June 2021

Registrations close on Tuesday 3 August 2021

 

Terms and conditions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for one delegate for three nights (5-8 October 2021) at the Yarra Valley Lodge
  • Participation in the education program, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Wednesday to Friday (6-8 October 2021), for one delegate
  • Canapes and non-alcoholic beverages on Tuesday evening (5 October 2021) for one delegate
  • Full buffet breakfast for one delegate for three days (6-8 October 2021) at Yarra Valley Lodge served in the Bella Restaurant
  • Access to complimentary Yarra Valley Lodge facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and walking trails
  • Free wireless internet for casual usage throughout the main building of the Yarra Valley Lodge

 

Exclusions

  • Transport to and from the Yarra Valley Lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages (delegates may purchase at own cost)
  • Resort facilities with added charges (for example, golfing facilities)
  • Mini bar, room service and incidentals
  • Meal charges for in-room guests (breakfast, lunch, dinner and all other meals and beverages)
  • Accommodation charges where an additional room or additional bedding is required
  • Optional extras
  • Please note the event program is reserved for registered delegates

Cancellation policy

If a participant chooses to cancel their confirmed registration, or cannot or does not attend the program, the following fees and conditions will apply:

  • The registered participant may  nominate a substitute delegate in their place in the program  at no additional charge. To do so, both the registrant and the nominated substitute must provide written notification to education@cancervic.org.au at least ten working days prior to the first day of the program.
  • The registered participant may alternatively  cancel their registration in writing to education@cancervic.org.au and pay the applicable  cancellation fee. Registration cancellations received:
    • On or before 2 July 2021 (95 days prior to the first day of the program) will incur an administration fee of $100 including GST
    • Between 1 July 2021 and 2 August 2021 (between 95 and 65 days prior to the first day of the program) will incur a cost recovery fee of 50% of your total registration fee including GST
    • Between 2 August 2021 and 1 September (between 65 and 35 days prior to the first day of the program) will incur a cost recovery fee of 75% of your total registration fee including GST
    • After 1 September 2021 (less than 35 days prior to the first day of the program) will incur a cost recovery fee of 100% of your total registration fee including GST

COVID 19

Postponement

If due to government recommendations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the event is unable to run on the scheduled dates, Cancer Council Victoria will work with the Yarra Valley Lodge to postpone the Retreat to a more suitable time.

If the Retreat is postponed, all paid registrations will remain valid for the new dates. If participants are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, the following options apply:

  • You may cancel your registration at no cost within 3 weeks of the announcement of the new dates.
  • If cancellations are made more than 3 weeks after the announcement of new dates, the standard cancellation policy above will apply.

 

Closures and illness

To help keep everyone safe, we ask that registered participants do not attend the program if they:

  • are experiencing a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath);
  • have returned from overseas in the last 14 days; or
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID 19 in the last 14 days.

For registered participants who cannot or do not attend due to COVID 19 symptoms or COVID 19 border closures and lockdowns, the following cancellation conditions will apply:

  • The registered participant may nominate a substitute local delegate in their place in the program at no additional charge. To do so, both the registrant and the nominated substitute must provide written notification to education@cancervic.org.au at least 2 working days prior to the first day of the program; or
  • The registration will be transferred to the next Advanced Communication Skills Retreat, organised by Cancer Council Victoria. In the event the value of the registration fees for the next Advanced Communication Skills Retreat held by Cancer Council Victoria does not remain the same, Cancer Council Victoria will reimburse the participant for the difference in cost. Should the eligibility requirements for the next Advanced Communication Skills Retreat change, Cancer Council Victoria will provide a refund of the full registration fee paid.  If another Advanced Communication Skills Retreat is not held within the next two (2) years, Cancer Council Victoria will refund the full amount of the registration fee paid.

All other cancellations will be addressed in accordance with Cancer Council Victoria’s standard cancellation policy outlined above.

ACRRM Accreditation

College accreditation

Upon completion of the retreat and associated pre and post activities ACRRM members will be eligible to receive  30 PRDP Professional Development Points.

Information on the retreat including learning outcomes, domains and curriculum statements can be found on the  ACRRM website.

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