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Distress screening for prostate cancer

This course will help you to understand the nature and extent of men’s psychological distress following diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer as well as why distress screening is best practice for men with prostate cancer. You will also learn how to undertake distress screening.

About this course

Screening for psychological distress is a key component of quality cancer care and skilled healthcare professionals are able to identify and address the distress that many men experience. When screening for psychological distress is part of ‘usual practice’, you can make a significant difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of men with prostate cancer.

Come with us on this moving and memorable journey to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to make a profound difference to men’s experiences of living with prostate cancer.


Course structure

In this course you will meet men like Peter who share their experiences of living with prostate cancer. Family members and prostate cancer experts will also provide their insights about distress associated with prostate cancer treatment and the critical need for distress screening and referral to evidence-based support.

Topics include

  • Psychological distress following prostate cancer – the nature and extent of the problem
  • Screening for psychological distress following prostate cancer
  • Distress screening – the way forward.

This course is interactive, providing space for you to share your experiences and learn from others. You will learn about the nature and extent of psychological distress as well as the impact of prostate cancer on partners and families. Resources will illustrate misconceptions about distress screening and possible barriers, as well as when and why screening should occur. Role plays and reflections will help you learn how to effectively use the Distress Screening tool to provide holistic and supportive healthcare to men with prostate cancer.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to understand:

  • The impact of prostate cancer on men’s psychological health and wellbeing
  • The prevalence of men’s psychological distress following diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer
  • Why distress screening should be standard care for men with prostate cancer
  • Myths and misconceptions associated with distress screening
  • Challenges associated with distress screening
  • How to conduct distress screening for men with prostate cancer in ways that are both effective and empathic
  • How to use the Prostate Cancer Distress Thermometer
  • The types of multi-modal psychosocial support that are available for men with distress.


Who is this course for?

Health professionals including, but not limited to:

  • General Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses – general and urology, oncology
  • Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Any healthcare professionals working with men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.
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Meet the Expert

Professor Suzanne Chambers

Professor Suzanne Chambers
Dean, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO is a Registered Nurse and health Psychologist who has worked as a practitioner-researcher in psychosocial support for people with cancer for over 25 years and has worked closely with prostate cancer support groups since the late 1990s. Her current role is Dean, Faculty of Health at UTS.

Suzanne is the immediate past Chair of the Quality of Life and Supportive Care Committee for the Australia and New Zealand Uro-genital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP) and a member of ANZUP’s Scientific Advisory Committee. She has published extensively on the psychosocial effects of prostate cancer and effective ways to enhance quality of life and psychological outcomes after diagnosis and treatment. 

In particular, she has focussed her research effort on the interventions to improve outcomes for men with prostate cancer and their families; and currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship that is globally unique.

In 2019 Suzanne led a team in the development of the Position Statement on Screening for Distress and Psychosocial Care for Men with Prostate Cancer supported by a monograph, A Psychosocial Care Model for Men with Prostate Cancer in 2019 on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

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Professor Tracy Levett-Jones

Professor Tracy Levett-Jones
Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery in the Faculty of Health

Tracy Levett-Jones is Professor of Nursing Education and Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery in the Faculty of Health, UTS. Her research interests include empathy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mindfulness, clinical reasoning, interprofessional education, cultural competence, e-learning, simulation and patient safety.

Tracy is recognised as one of the top three nursing education researchers in Australia. She has over 200 publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, authored books, edited books, and book chapters. She has also designed a number of educational websites including the Virtual Empathy Museuum -; the Patient Safety for Nursing Students website -, and the Wiimali Virtual Community -

Tracy has a Google Scholar h-index of 37, a Scopus h-index of 29 and over 7000 citations. She has been the recipient of nine research awards and eleven teaching awards and has received over 3.7 million dollars in grant funding, including seven Category 1 Office for Learning and Teaching (Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education) grants and industry grants from the Agency for Clinical Innovation and Clinical Excellence Commission.

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Sally Sara

Sally Sara
Director, Nursing Programs, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Sally Sara is the Director, Nursing Programs for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Sally is an experienced prostate cancer nurse and established a prostate cancer specialist nursing service in Southern Adelaide Health Local Health Network in 2014. 

She is passionate about improving quality of life for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and is committed to supporting and educating nurses especially within the field of uro-oncology.

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Dr Samantha Jakimowicz

Dr Samantha Jakimowicz

Dr Jakimowicz is an early career researcher with a research interest in compassion and empathy. Samantha is a Lecturer at UTS. She develops postgraduate and specialty online learning resources and coordinates clinical and leadership subjects in the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing degrees. Samantha is a Registered Nurse with clinical and research experience in intensive care.

Samantha’s research interests and expertise lie with compassion, empathy, patient experience and nurse wellbeing. She has published extensively on these topics and is often invited to speak at conferences and workplace forums.

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