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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.
During this course you will meet men like Peter, who shares his experience 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.
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.
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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. Working 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, Suzanne has focused 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.
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 Museum - https://www.virtualempathymuseum.com.au/; the Patient Safety for Nursing Students website - http://patientsafetyfornursingstudents.org/, and the Wiimali Virtual Community - https://www.wiimali.com.au/.
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 11 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.
Sally Sara is the Director, Nursing Programs for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. She is an experienced prostate cancer nurse and established a prostate cancer specialist nursing service in the Southern Adelaide Health Local Health Network in 2014.
Sally is passionate about improving the quality of life of men diagnosed with prostate cancer and is committed to supporting and educating nurses, especially within the field of uro-oncology.
Dr Samantha Jakimowicz is an early career researcher with a research interest in compassion and empathy. A lecturer at UTS, she develops postgraduate and specialty online learning resources and coordinates clinical and leadership subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing degrees. She 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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