Professional Development

The AYA Cancer Network aims to support health professionals and other support providers working with young people with cancer. In this section you will find information on education and professional development opportunities available to you. If you know of any other opportunities please send details of these to ayacancer@adhb.govt.nz

 

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Adolescents and young adults (12-24) with cancer present a unique set of challenges for health professionals. They have distinct physical, psychological and developmental needs that are significantly different from those of children or those of adults. Health professionals working with adolescents and young adults need special skills and understanding in order to maximise outcomes for this patient population.

The University of Auckland offers the opportunity for you to develop and advance your knowledge, skills and expertise in this area. Why not become a clinical care champion for adolescents and young adults with cancer within your service.

There are two main avenues for study: You can enrol for a Postgraduate certificate or Diploma in Health Sciences specialising in youth health. Courses offered at the School of Population Health in a flexible learning format. A full outline of the programme and courses can be found on the university website: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/study-options/find-a-study-option/youth-health/postgraduate-study.html

Or, if you are currently enrolled in a programme of specialist study, you can include the below papers as a 30 point combined course into your programme. Please note PAEDS712 is a pre requisite for PAEDS721 so either needs to be taken before or at the same time as PAEDS721.

PAEDS 712 – Youth Clinical Skills – 15 points: This course gives health professionals the core generic skills and knowledge essential for working with young people in any health care setting. The course develops and extends knowledge and skills in clinical interviewing, comprehensive assessment and effective intervention with adolescents and young adults

For more information on the course – please refer to course outline

PAEDS712 Course Outline – Semester 1 2022

https://courseoutline.auckland.ac.nz/dco/course/PAEDS/712/1223

PAEDS712 Course Outline – Semester 1 2022

https://courseoutline.auckland.ac.nz/dco/course/ PAEDS/712/1225

For more information on the course – please refer to course outline

PAEDS 721 – AYA Cancer Care Practicum – 15 points: This course builds on the generic knowledge and skills taught in PAEDS 712 while providing advanced knowledge and skills in AYA cancer care in areas such as transitional care, survivorship, biology and treatment during adolescent and young adult years, consent and ethical issues, and adherence strategies for the adolescent and young adult.

PAEDS721 Course Outline – Semester 2 2022

https://courseoutline.auckland.ac.nz/dco/course/PAEDS/721

To help you on your way, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand are generously offering for 2022, 6 x $1,000 scholarships for health professionals working in the area of blood cancer

If interested in applying please complete the application form below and submit to AYACancer@adhb.govt.nz. by Monday the 24th of January 2022.

For more information, enrolment details or assistance in planning your course of study, please feel free to contact either:

Ms Heidi Watson, Course Coordinator – 021 337 129 or heidi@adhb.govt.nz  or

Ms Bridget Farrant, Course Director –  bridget.farrant@middlemore.co.nz

The 4th Annual Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress is occurring on Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd December 2021, and will be held online for the first time ever.

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Free online courses available to professionals and support providers working with young people with cancer.

The Werry Centre in collaboration with key agencies have developed the online eLearning module – Introduction to HEEADSSS.

The short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework and other key information to support professionals working with young people.

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EviQ Online Education

To access either courses: Once you have clicked on the link type in the search bar ‘young’ to find these courses.

A free 1.5hr Australian online eLearning course to advance primary care knowledge and skills in the delivery of cancer care for young people.

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A free 2hr Australian online eLearning course developed for Registered Nurses but relevant to many health professionals wanting to develop their knowledge and skills in AYA cancer care

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Health Learn

This course provides AYA Cancer Health Learn packages. This is available for Southern and Canterbury regions.

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Kidz First The Centre for Youth Health, Youth Health Workshops for 2021

Workshops provide practical programmes to enhance professional skills when working with young people in clinical and community settings.

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The Collaborative Trust for Research and Training in Youth Health & Development – Training

The Collaborative Trust provides training through their workshops which can range from an hour to a whole day. They are interactive and involve young people as Youth Tutors. The topics are relevant to practice and the issues that young people have.

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Involve 2021

Involve is the national conference for youth health and development in Aotearoa.

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Probably 80-90% of these issues could be dealt with by improving consistency - putting in place effective processes and structures - AYA Advisory Committee Member