Cancer Council Victoria Webinars

Webinars Provided by Cancer Council Victoria in 2015

Cancer Council Victoria

Webinars (online seminars) allow for live presentations by experts that can be accessed online, from people’s homes. Webinars are a cost-effective and sustainable method of providing information and support, on a variety of topics, to both people affected by cancer and health professionals. They are also an opportunity for health services to engage with new audiences, and can increase access to information and support by alleviating barriers such as geographical location.

In 2015, Cancer Council Victoria designed and delivered six webinars. Each webinar included a series of presentations from experts, a panel discussion, and an interactive question and answer session during which the panel of experts answered questions from participants.

A description of each webinar, and links to the recordings, are provided below.


Nutrition & exercise after cancer

Date: 28th July 2015

Target Audience: People who have completed treatment for cancer, and their family and friends

The benefits of exercise and eating well are widely known. For cancer survivors, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also reduce the chance of cancer coming back.

This webinar provides information about the ongoing affects cancer can have on someone’s dietary preferences and physical activity. It includes resources, practical strategies and techniques to assist people in managing the transition to life after treatment, and maintaining healthy habits.

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Exercise & eating well: managing changes during cancer treatment

Date: 8th September 2015

Target audience: People undergoing cancer treatment, and their family and friends

Eating well and exercising can help cancer patients get the most out of their treatment, alleviate anxiety and assist in recovery.

This webinar focuses on the impact undergoing cancer treatment can have on nutrition, physical activity and emotional health. The content includes common changes experienced during cancer treatment, the impacts of those changes on day-to-day life, and practical suggestions on how to manage them.

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Keeping your sense of tumour: cognitive effects of brain cancers

Date: 27th October 2015

Target audience: people affected by brain cancer

In addition to the physical and emotional health demands of the cancer experience, people with a brain cancer diagnosis can experience many cognitive changes.

This webinar provides an overview of cognitive changes that may occur in someone with a brain tumour, and practical strategies for managing them. It explores issues such as fatigue, sensory overload, changes to cognitive processing, word finding and loss of speech, and provides information on how to access reliable information, helpful programs and resources.

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Contemplating & communicating future health care wishes

Date: 20th April 2015

Target audience: People affected by cancer

Advance care planning supports better decision-making at end of life for patients, their carers and health professionals.

This webinar presents information about the importance of advance care planning, the ways the law in Australia facilitates advance care planning, as well as how to appoint an agent and record wishes to inform future health care and treatment.

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Advance care planning for health professionals

Date: 29th July 2015

Target audience: Health professionals

Advance care planning supports better decision-making at end of life for patients, their carers and health professionals. Initiating conversations about this topic can be challenging, and there are several key legal concepts that are important to be across.

This webinar supports health professionals to better understand the implications of advance care planning for their practice. It provides practical strategies to start the discussion about advance care planning with patients, and information about the law relating to advance care planning in Victoria, Australia, such as the rights and responsibilities of substitute decision-makers, and the legal status of advance care directives.

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Alternative therapies in cancer care: regulation and risk

Date: 6th October 2015

Target audience: Health professionals

Many health professionals express concerns about alternative therapies offered to their patients by unregistered health practitioners.

This webinar provides information about what actions health professionals can take if they are concerned about alternative therapies offered to their patients. Topics include discussing alternative therapies with patients, and how unregistered health practitioners are regulated, with a focus on appropriate to make a complaint about unethical or unsafe alternative therapy providers.

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For further information

Cancer Council Victoria are building a webinar toolkit to support other CIS services to plan for and conduct webinars. This will be made available soon via the ICISG toolbox accessible here

Contact if you have questions about conducting webinars.