Around 40% of individuals with cancer also experience mental health concerns.
This session is designed for nurses, allied health clinicians, oncologists, mental health providers who work in cancer care and are interested in learning about how to better address the emotional and psychological needs of people with cancer.
During this session, you will gain insights from a panel of experts on the following topics:
- The psychological and emotional experience of going through a cancer diagnosis and its subsequent treatment, including the impact of a pre-existing mental health condition on a person's response
- The organisational, clinician and patient barriers that exist in addressing mental health concerns in the oncology setting
- The distinctive challenges experienced in addressing psychological and emotional concerns in rural and regional settings
- Strategies and approaches to overcome barriers and ensure that mental health care is an integral part of cancer care
- Current research and illustrative case examples on treatment of patients with mental health issues in a cancer setting.
An interactive discussion will follow the presentations, which include a consumer perspective.
This webinar is part of a two-part series looking at the psychological needs of people with cancer. Register here for the second webinar on Monday 27 November.
Ms Vanessa Carty
Psychology Educator and Senior Clinical Psychologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Vanessa Carty is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years' experience in treating people with mental illness and helping individuals through their cancer journey. She is currently working as a Psychology Educator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer.
Dr Gaynor Blankley
Head of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Dr Gaynor Blankley is the Head of Psychiatry at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, working in psycho-oncology, where she is dedicated to supporting staff and people with cancer. She is an experienced psychiatrist who has worked for many years with a range of mental health issues.
Professor Brian Kelly
Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Newcastle
Professor Brian Kelly is a psychiatrist and researcher with many years of experience in clinical practice and research in mental health aspects of oncology and palliative care. He is Head of Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at the John Hunter Hospital Newcastle. He is currently chair of the national Psycho-oncology Cooperative Research Group.
Monday 13 November