The program aims to improve access to quality cancer survivorship care through enhancing capacity of Primary Care Practitioners (PCP) to deliver appropriate services. The program will improve PCPs knowledge and confidence regarding cancer survivorship care, improved understanding of the discipline-specific roles required for shared care, and enhanced links between PCPs and hospital-based professionals. This will be achieved through their participation in clinical placements and/or blended learning educational sessions.
The program is offered over multiple sites including:
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
- Royal Women’s Hospital
- Western Health
- Austin Health
- St Vincent’s Hospital
- Monash Health
- South West Healthcare
Relevance to General Practice
The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC), A Richard Pratt Foundation based at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, was established to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors at Peter Mac and in Victoria, and to influence survivorship care nationally. Shared cancer survivorship care is defined as purposefully arranged and planned care that is shared between specialist cancer and primary health care clinicians, including role delineation, communication and referral pathways, training and clinical guidance materials and ideally, high quality patient and carer information. The Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship (2017) will build on learnings from the General Practice Clinical Placement Pilot program (2014-2015). The aim of this program is to further facilitate cross-sector collaborative learning with an emphasis on enhancing care of cancer survivors in the post treatment phase, including through exploration of models of shared care.
- Recognise and manage ongoing heath care needs of cancer survivors.
- Deliver a shared-care management approach in collaboration with other allied health services to meet post-treatment ongoing needs of cancer patients.
- Develop relationships and networks with acute and other primary care practitioners in the community and hospital/s.
- Distinguish the various roles of other PCPs and specialists and coordinate with them accordingly in delivering survivorship care for cancer patients.
- Implement general practice quality improvement strategies such as regular follow-ups and check-ups for cancer survivors.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Care of older people
- Children and young people health
- Oncology and palliative care
- General practice teaching
Peter McCallum Cancer Centre