This cancer plan provides a framework to support all Victorians, people affected by cancer and health professionals – across public and private providers and primary, community and acute care settings – to work together towards common goals.
- Victorian cancer plan 2016 -2020
Something that may be of interest to you:
My Cancer Diagnosis Explained
– now available
The My Cancer Diagnosis Explained (MCDE) summary is a resource that you can use to provide patients and their carers, individualised written information at the time a patient is first told of their cancer diagnosis.
The MCDE summary supports the ‘diagnosis and next steps’ conversation with patients by:
helping clinicians to deliver specific information about the cancer diagnosis
enabling effective communication that meets each patient’s needs
linking the patient to information and services that can help them
ensuring the patient is informed and can therefore be actively engaged in decisions about their health
providing the patient with take-home information they can refer to and reflect on after the consultation.
End of Life conversations
“End of Life conversations” online training module
“End of Life conversations” is a new online training module from Cancer Council Victoria to provide health professionals with the skills and confidence to effectively discuss death and dying with people affected by cancer.
This free, 60-minute online course provides health professionals with evidence-based skills for effective communication about end of life.Learning outcomes include:
1. Identify the benefits of learning communication skills for both clinician and patient.
2. Identify the communication skills required for conducting effective end of life discussions
3. Describe a range of techniques to assess patient understanding.
On completion, health professionals who would like to further develop and practice their communication skills can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on other courses and experiential workshops.
Australian Consensus Guidelines for the safe handling of monoclonal antibodies for cancer treatment by healthcare personnel
WCMICS commissioned a project to develop safe handling guidelines for novel anti-cancer agents.
These consensus guidelines provide recommendations for the safe handling of monoclonal antibodies. Definitive recommendations are given for the minimum safe handling requirements to protect healthcare personnel.
These guidelines specifically evaluated monoclonal antibodies used in the Australian cancer clinical practice setting; however, the principles may be applicable to monoclonal antibodies used in non-cancer settings. The guidelines are only applicable to parenterally administered agents.
Read the journal article here