Considerations for older people during and beyond cancer
Older people are the largest group affected by cancer. They are a diverse and growing group. Their appropriate care, during and beyond cancer, is an emerging field in cancer worldwide.
This regional symposium is an opportunity for all health service staff across medical, nursing and allied health disciplines from to hear and discuss how we can meet the needs of this special needs group.
The day will offer insights into the lived experience of cancer, and present specialist knowledge, current practice examples and demonstration programs in both the treatment and recovery phases of cancer. There is an emphasis on beyond cancer as forty-six percent of cancer survivors are those aged over 70.
The information will be relevant if you work in the acute, sub-acute, primary or community sector.
- A/Prof Mark Yates, Geriatrician, Ballarat Health Services
- Dr Christopher Steer, Medical Oncologist, Border Medical Oncology, Past Chair COSA Geriatric Oncology Interest Group
- A/Prof Peter Hunter, Chair Victorian Care of Older People Clinical Network
- A/Prof Haryana Dhillon, Senior Research Fellow, Chair COSA Survivorship Model of Care Working Group
Current practice examples
- Royal Adelaide Hospital: Involving patients in their own care - Rebecca Drake and Wendy McGahey
- Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre: What do we do? - Amanda Piper
- Cancer Council Victoria: Telehealth Survivorship project - Jane Auchettl
- Community Rehabilitation Centre, Castlemaine Health: Supporting self management - Julie Symons