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.
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.
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.
- 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
The Significant Impact of Cancer on the Family (27 mins of CPD)
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