‘Over 1 million Australians are living with, or beyond, their cancer diagnosis.’
–Peter Mac Cancer Centre.
Early detection, improved treatment options and an ageing population all mean that caring for people with cancer has extended from diagnosis and treatment. A crucial third step in cancer recovery is to support the health and well-being of survivors. This stage is known as the cancer ‘survivorship’.
Carrington Health recently held a networking event for health professionals to get together and discuss the research, evidence and fundamentals of cancer survivorship within a community health setting. Rebecca McIntosh (pictured above, left), the Carrington Health ‘Good Life Cancer Survivorship’ project manager presented alongside Professor Michael Jefford (centered) from the Peter Mac Cancer Centre and Jane Auchettl from the Cancer Council.
There were over 40 people who attended the forum including representatives from Eastern Health and other community/ health services. The session provided an opportunity to discuss the success of the Good Life Cancer Surviviorship program at Carrington Health as well as the new survivorship program guidelines which focus on providing allied health and support services within the community.
The Good Life Cancer Survivorship program has so far demonstrated how community health can provide an appropriate and effective service for people who have survived cancer treatment, at the same time as providing less reliance on the hospital system.
Once someone has finished their cancer treatment, living beyond cancer starts. This is where we fit in. The Good Life Cancer Survivorship Program bridges the gap between recovery and having to go on and manage your ongoing health needs. It means that people can access the support they need, within their own community.
-Janine Scott (pictured above, far right), General Manager Carrington Health
The evidence confirms that support for people after cancer recovery can reduce related physical and emotional health complications. This empowers individuals to take control of their health for the long-term. Living well after cancer might look different depending on the individual and their specific needs. The people who join our program may receive support to build strength, stay mobile, engage in physical activity as well learn how to eat well, manage pain, look after their mental health and maintain independence.
The Carrington Health ‘Good Life – Cancer Survivorship’ Project continues to accept referrals into this service and is a program supported by funding from the Victoria State government.
For further information Rebecca McIntosh at Carrington Health on 0416 099 293 or firstname.lastname@example.org