The number of people living after completion of cancer treatment has increased due to advances in early detection and treatment, and as a result of the population living for longer.
Survivorship Phase 1
BSWRICS, with Barwon Health, Western District Health Service, Barwon Medicare Local, Great South Coast Medicare Local and Deakin University partnered in a Survivorship Project from 2012 -2014. The project was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services as a part of the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program.
A nurse-led Survivorship Service was developed and is now an important part of the pathway of services provided at Andrew Love Cancer Centre. The Survivorship Nurse works with people after completion of their cancer treatment to develop an individual care plan, provide health education and support, arrange referrals to allied health and community services and communicate with GPs to promote long-term health outcomes.
Survivorship Phase 2
In 2014-15 the initial project was extended to pilot a group Survivorship Wellness (SWell) program. This program provided participants with an opportunity to engage others who have shared a similar cancer experience whilst still receiving survivorship services. A key component of this program was to develop a model to support the transition of the patient's care back to their General Practitioner.