Webinars

The current COVID-19 pandemic raises critical clinical questions and challenges for health professionals seeking to continue optimal care for patients with cancer. 

VCCC Alliance and MPCCC present COVID-19 and cancer relevant information, updates and discussion, for coming webinars, see the VCCC Alliance events page.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Cancer Nursing Report - The cancer costs of the pandemic

The cancer nursing workforce has been hit hard by the pandemic with capabilities of cancer services likely to be affected by the deferral of care that has occurred due to lockdowns and anxiety around transmission of COVID-19. VCCN Expert Nursing Group Chair Suzanne Bartlett and Prof Mei  Krishnasamy discuss workload burden and contingency planning to support affected service providers.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: The answer is yes. Clinical notes on COVID-19 vaccinations for patients with cancer

A multidisciplinary panel of experts discuss key topics including latest COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy information and guidelines for vaccination for people with cancer, who have priority in Phase 1B of the roll out.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Challenges and perspectives from the USA

Globally cancer patients are one of the largest groups to be impacted by COVID-19. In addition to the physical impact on patients, the delivery of cancer care and research has been severely disrupted. Dr Ziad Bakouny, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA highlights the biological interplay between the two diseases and provides practical recommendations for the treatment of patients with cancer during the pandemic. 

Cancer and COVID-19: Delayed cancer diagnoses and the impact on primary care

It is estimated that there will be an additional three to four thousand cancer presentations over the next 12 months due to delayed diagnosis during COVID-19. This webinar aims to provide support and advice to clinicians and health care services treating patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: The complexities of palliative care services during a pandemic

Professor Jennifer Philip, Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Melbourne explores the emotional, ethical and clinical complexities of delivering palliative care services during a pandemic with experts from Cancer Council Victoria, Alfred Health, St Vincent's Health Australia and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Clinical trials during a healthcare crisis

Professor Eva Segelov, Director of Oncology, Monash Health moderates a consumer and expert panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities faced by cancer clinical trial patients in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Care and clinical ethics - A focus on the healthcare workforce

Drawing from real case examples, Professor Clare Delany, Clinical Ethicist at the Royal Children's Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, leads a thought-provoking panel discussion on the complexities of care and clinical ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Where to from here?

VCCN Taskforce Chairs Professor Grant McArthur, Associate Professor Sue-Anne McLachlan, Dr Andrew Haydon, Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the cancer sector in Victoria and look at strategies for the future. 

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Communication in a time of crisis

Edwina Pearse, Head of Brand and Communications from Cancer Council Victoria leads this discussion on an unprecedented period of reassuring patients of the safety of health services, starting conversations with ‘can you hear me now’ and promoting research outcomes in ever inventive ways.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: What should be different in the new normal post-pandemic?

Dr Stephen Duckett from the Grattan Institute discusses the lessons learnt in the public health system including delivering front line services and the issues we need to address for a more effective, efficient and equitable health system.

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Exploring the emotional landscape of healthcare workers

The COVID-19 pandemic raises critical clinical questions and challenges for health professionals seeking to continue optimal care for patients with cancer. Associate Professor Lesley Stafford, clinical psychologist at The Women’s, and presentations from experts explore the emotional needs and responses of healthcare workers during a public health crisis.

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COVID-19 and Cancer in Victoria: Enhancing communication skills for telehealth delivery

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong, Medical Oncologist, Peninsula Health and an expert panel from Cancer Council Victoria and Bendigo Health, including Professor Peter Martin, Professor of Communication and End of Life Care, Deakin University, explore practical strategies for enhancing telehealth communication skills via phone and video consultation.

COVID 19 and Cancer in Victoria: Approaches to advance care planning and other important discussions

Professor Jennifer Philip, Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Melbourne, moderates a panel of experts to explore the processes of advance care planning, provide communication tips to assist hard conversations, and share supportive resources for clinicians.

COVID-19 and Cancer in Victoria: Models of Care

Moderator Danielle Spence from Cancer Council Victoria's strategy and support team is joined by her colleague Katherine Lane, primary care expert Professor Jon Emery from the University of Melbourne, telehealth expert Associate Professor Kate Burbury from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as well as patient, Nathalie Cook, to explore how telehealth and other models of care can balance health service delivery during a pandemic.

COVID-19 and Cancer in Victoria: Protecting our patients and ourselves

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong, Medical Oncologist, Peninsula Health talks to infectious diseases expert Dr Benjamin Teh from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre on how cancer and its treatment may leave patients vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. Belinda Lambros, an infectious disease liaison nurse from the Department of Infectious Diseases, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and National Centre for Infections in Cancer also presents on how we can best protect ourselves and our patients with cancer during this pandemic.

COVID-19 and Cancer in Victoria: A coordinated clinical response

Eight cancer experts from the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network, taskforce join Professor Grant McArthur for a special live streamed webinar to address some of the most pressing questions facing cancer health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.