2019 Post Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health & Welfare Oncology Stream
The University of Melbourne offers a postgraduate certificate program developed by the Centre for Adolescent Health (Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne) and the ONTrac at Peter MacCallum Victorian AYA Cancer Service. Offered part-time by distance and online learning, the course is designed to enhance the practice of anyone working with young people with cancer. Topic areas covered include theories and concepts relating to the specific developmental context of young people, AYA cancer care within both the Australian and international contexts and issues surrounding professional practice, healthcare reform and service development. Applications for the 2019 Post Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health & Welfare Oncology Stream are now being accepted. This online course through the University of Melbourne is targeted broadly towards health and community professionals interested in working with young people diagnosed with cancer.
There are two scholarships available for 2019 through the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for healthcare professionals working in the Victorian health sector, additional selection criteria apply. More information can be found at www.rch.org.au/cah/courses.
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care e-learning Project
A cancer diagnosis during the AYA years is highly challenging. AYAs experience and respond to cancer in ways that differ from other population groups. Healthcare professionals need AYA-specific knowledge and skills in order to maximise outcomes for this population. It is important to understand the context and developmental needs of AYA patients so as to support and improve their experience of cancer diagnosis, treatment, side effects, long term effects and end-of-life care. As such, WCMICS funded an ONTrac at Peter Mac project to develop an online AYA nursing education program to build knowledge and skill sets that support the delivery of youth-focused and family-centered cancer care. This suite of e-Learning modules is now available and can be accessed by nurses via the eviQ website.