A number of evidence-based guidelines and guides have been developed to assist health services and health professionals in identifying and managing the psychosocial needs of people with cancer.
These world-first guidelines are designed for GPs, cancer specialists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and provide an evidence-based guide to the detection and management of psychosocial issues for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Canteen has initiated a series of Research to Practice Papers which translate the most recent evidence into best practice recommendations for those working with young people with cancer. The first Research to Practice Paper, ‘Supporting adolescent and young adult siblings of cancer patients: the family context’ encourages those working with young people with cancer to examine the needs of siblings of cancer patients and outlines recommendations for how professionals can support siblings. Find out more about our Research to Practice Papers here.
As part of the Youth Cancer Networks Program (YCNP), the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) was contracted to develop a national network of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer health professionals who have an interest in improving outcomes for AYAs diagnosed with cancer in Australia.
COSA’s AYA Cancer Interest Group is a multidisciplinary group focused on the unique medical, psychosocial, social and information needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families and partners. Membership and participation is open to all health professionals involved in the care and support of adolescents and young adults with cancer. All Interest Group members are automatically made members of the AYA Cancer Network. COSA members have access to COSA’s web-based forum to contribute to discussion and activities and other resources.
The AYA Cancer Network consists of clinicians and health professionals providing treatment, care and/or support to AYAs with cancer as well as policymakers and hospital and health service executives involved in the development of AYA cancer services. The network will help facilitate communication between stakeholders across all jurisdictions and disciplines. It will also support collaboration between those working in service delivery across Australia by enabling sharing of best practice and reducing duplication of effort.
PoCoG and Canteen have recently established an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Special Interest Group to provide the opportunity for people conducting psycho-social research in the AYA area to participate in a professional network dedicated to them. This research may involve young cancer patients and young survivors of paediatric and adolescent cancer, as well as young people who have a brother, sister or parent with cancer. Find out more here.
Beyond blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. They provide resources and programs to help health professionals work better with people with depression, anxiety and related disorders.
ReachOut Pro provides access and advice on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people. ReachOut Pro supports health professionals to understand more about the way young people seek help, and what is needed to make help seeking easier and more effective.