Discussing Difficult News

The Discussing Difficult News workshop has been developed to support clinical staff to communicate effectively with people affected by cancer when delivering difficult news. This workshop provides a practical, evidence-based conceptual framework to use in such situations.

During the workshop participants will:

  • Explore emotional reactions of patients or families upon recieving difficult news
  • Become familiar with communication skills and strategies
  • Practice verbal and non-verbal clues to enhance effective communication
  • Gain tools and language to build trusting relationships for better patient experience

What’s involved?

  • 1 x 4-hour workshop
  • Small group (max. 8 participants)
  • Discussions about evidence-based communication skills frameworks
  • Experiential learning with a simulated patient (actor) to practise and receive feedback in a safe environment.

2022 workshops:

Date  Time  Venue Registration link 
Thursday, 2 June 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  ONLINE via Microsoft Teams

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Thursday, 6 Oct  

9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Cancer Council Victoria Office

615 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004

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 We also offer individualised group workshops for organisations. Please contact Gagan Kaur Cheema at ecc@cancervic.org.au to find out more information.


Cost for an individual is $285.