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With statistics showing that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, no matter what clinical area you work in, chances are that on each shift you will be caring for someone with a current or past history of cancer diagnosis.

An oncology unit often has experienced nurses specifically trained to deal with the complexities of the disease process, the impact of the diagnosis on an individual and their carers, and the available treatment options. However, during your day-to-day work it is likely that as nurses, midwives, and care workers, you will also be faced with similar complexities but may lack specialty training to navigate the situation.

What to expect
This half-day workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to understand a patient’s cancer diagnosis, and what impact it has on their individualised care requirements.

What you will gain
This workshop offers a jam-packed program to help you develop your understanding of some common cancers, treatment options, and the knowledge to equip you in providing confident patient-centered care.

Topics covered on the day

Cancer Basics
– Back to basics – how do normal cells function and what happens to them to cause cancer?
– Underlying pathophysiology of cancer cells
– The impact a cancer diagnosis has on patients

Cytotoxic Precautions
– What are they?
– Why is it important?
– When are they required?

Palliative Care
– What happens when treatment doesn’t work?
– How can I provide the best end of life care for my patient?
– What defines a good death?

Supportive Therapies
– Dealing with side effects
– Exploring the use of medicinal cannabis
– Acupuncture
– Oncology massage

Ashley White is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years’ experience working within the Haematology/Oncology field. She has an interest in supportive cancer care, particularly with the management of side effects associated with cancer treatments. Ashley has a passion for educating both currently practising nurses and the nurses of the future.

Non-members: $100
ANMF members: $70
Students: $70

CPD Hours
4 hours

Important information

  • This session is a face to face session held at the ANMF/HERC Hobart office, 182 Macquarie Street, Hobart Tasmania.
  • Registrations for this event are essential, due to COVID-19 restrictions, spaces are limited to allow for appropriate social distancing.


Thank you to Nurses Club for sponsoring the ANMF member and student rate

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