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What's new in April, with links to support, information and other items of interest.

April is Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month 

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Pancare Foundation provides in-depth information on various aspects of oesophageal cancer from symptoms, diagnosis and beyond. They also offer supportive resources and practical guidance to help patients and their loved ones navigate the challenges associated with this type of cancer.

Visit the Pancare Foundation website or download their Oesophageal cancer patient handbook.

Inquiry into Women’s Pain

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The Inquiry into Women’s Pain provides a platform for individuals to share their experiences, assess barriers to care, describe the impact of current service delivery, explore opportunities for improvement, and consider models of care and workforce adjustments. Additionally, it aims to translate research to address gender disparities and improve equity in pain management outcomes.

To read more, make a submission or complete a survey visit the Department of Health website.

World Cancer Rehab Week: 15–21 April

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Cancer rehabilitation involves a range of therapies that aid in recovery and assist with regaining optimal physical, emotional, and functional wellbeing. It can include exercises, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritional support, pain management, counselling, and other supportive services. The goal of cancer rehabilitation is to improve quality of life, alleviate symptoms, and promote overall recovery and wellbeing throughout an individuals cancer experience.

To learn more about cancer rehabilitation visit the Cancer Council Website.

Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) launches Psychosocial Research Centre

The Ovarian Cancer Psychosocial Research Centre is dedicated to advancing research on the psychological and social aspects of ovarian cancer, and translating findings into practical strategies. Through collaboration with experts, including its Advisory Committee composed of academics and health professionals, the centre prioritises research efforts, establishes new projects, and ensures effective support for those impacted by ovarian cancer. The goal of the centre is to improve the quality of life for patients by addressing their diverse needs and bridging the gap between research and real-world support.

Read more about the centre on the OCA website.

Lecture: Hope and Resilience in Women after Cancer through Music and Arts Therapy

Music and Imagery Association Australia presents – Creating Hope and Resilience in Women after Cancer through Music and Arts Therapy. Presented by Dr Margareta Wärja, this lecture focuses on the results of a clinical study about the impacts of music therapy after gynecological cancer treatment. This event is taking place on 1 May at the Dax Centre & online.

Visit the Eventbrite listing for full details.

New app helps GPs support patients with palliative & end of life care

The CareSearch GP app assists GPs in delivering quality palliative care by bringing together guidance and evidence-based information on crucial care topics such as advance care planning, recognising deterioration, engaging in palliative care case conferences, caring for dying patients, and assisting families through bereavement stages.

Visit the CareSearch website for details on downloading the app.

Last Updated: 16 April, 2024 3:48 pm