As 2019 drew to an end, we reflected on our achievements across our partner hospitals, and again paid tribute to the commitment and leadership demonstrated by each of our multidisciplinary team and acknowledged the great work of our youth advisory group in advocating for better services and support for young cancer patients. The preparatory planning for the development of a new Model of Youth Cancer Care is now complete, the review of the current model will soon commence, and implementation of the new model should commence mid-2020, following a co-design workshop in March. November saw the official opening of the new You Can Centre on the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) campus. The Centre is the result of a partnership between Metro North HHS, Sony Foundation and the Queensland Government. (See photo below with YAG members and RBWH patients). Many young patients, receiving treatment at the RBWH, together with our YAG members have been involved in the design and planning for future activities as they see this as a place of respite away from the clinical areas.
Congratulations to our QYCS youth advisory group (YAG) on the presentation of a poster at the 2019 Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) conference in November. The conference theme was ‘Owning Future Change’ and the poster showcased collaborative engagement between the YAG and RBWH in the development of the You Can centre. Four YAG members and 3 YCS staff were supported to attend.
The QYCS through collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Nursing, has recently been awarded a QUT Innovation Engagement Grant. The grant will support a pilot of a virtual reality (VR) environment for distraction and mindfulness in young people with cancer. Project partners also include the Institute for Future Environments, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and the QYCS Youth Advisory Group.
We would like to wish each and everyone of YCS collaborators a safe, happy and healthy New Year.