Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2015-2016

Primary care

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Cancer Council Australia supports primary healthcare providers in their important roles in cancer prevention, risk reduction, early diagnosis and care of people affected by cancer.

We develop information, education and training to support GPs, other primary care providers and practice staff in providing cancer services and information to their patients and communities. We promote these resources through our national GP portal, GP conferences and exhibitions, medical media and in general communication with the primary health sector.

We also engage with the Commonwealth Government and primary health sector peak bodies to improve the sector’s approach to cancer control.

Cancer communications skills training

Cancer Council collaborates with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to promote best practice and support GPs in delivering cancer prevention, early detection and care. We partner with the RACGP in its Cancer and Palliative Care Network to increase GPs’ knowledge and services related to cancer control and cancer-related palliative care.

Through the Cancer and Palliative Care Network we developed an Active Learning Module for GPs delivered at the annual RACGP conference in September 2015 in Melbourne.

The full day interactive workshop was designed to provide GPs with the skills to effectively communicate with patients about cancer, specifically breaking bad news to people with cancer and their families. The workshop also aimed to increase participants’ knowledge of strategies for managing the care of cancer survivors.

The workshop was fully booked and extremely well received.

This page was last updated on: Friday, October 21, 2016