What you get by completing this session

  • 40 mins of CPD

    A 30 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like! Includes 10 minute quiz

  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive a certificate once you complete the session. Download this from your student dashboard or completion email

  • Easy CPD Documentation

    Fill out the CPD Documentation activity at the end of the session, receive a PDF summary of your CPD activity and reflection right to your email inbox to save or print out

What you'll learn in this expert session

Health professionals often see families at the beginning of their cancer experience, and this provides an invaluable opportunity to support not only the patient, but the entire family unit in coping better with the journey ahead. This presentation addresses the evidence about the impact of cancer on adolescents and youth adults and their families, common parental responses seen in healthcare settings, and practical tips, tools and strategies on how to respond to these responses. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what young person may want to know or have access to in regards to their cancer experience (information, resources, long term implications, informed say in their care) 
  • Understand the importance of Youth Cancer services 
  • Identify common parental responses and concerns - reframing parental protective instincts
  • Outline practical communication strategies that you as a health professional can encourage

Educational content supported by

Canteen is an Australian national support organisation for young people living with cancer; including cancer patients, young people with parents or primary carers with cancer. Through Canteen, individuals learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer and connect with other young people with cancer. Canteen also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.

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Expert: Sandy Cham

Sandy Cham is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar, with over 10 years of experience in clinical services specialising in young people, with a strong background in child protection, trauma, psycho-oncology, bereavement and mental health concerns. She has worked within a number of sectors including health, education, NGOs and private practice, all with a youth mental health focus.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Topic: The Significant Impact of Cancer on the Family

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video presentation (30 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

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