Over the past decade, the role of allied health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and dietitians in cancer care has increased as we move towards a more multidisciplnary approach. Cancer Council WA has various programs and activities specifically for the range of allied health professionals.
- Prescribing exercise for cancer patients
- Exercise-for-the-Management-of-Cancer: Life-Now-Exercise-Instructor-Course
- Education sessions for allied health professionals
- Dietitian's Association of Australia (DAA) Oncology Interest Group
If you would like to refer a client to an exercise program, Cancer Council WA offers a number of specifically designed exercise classes for people affected by cancer. For more information and class details please go to the Life Now page or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 to register.
A six month nurse-led telephone coaching program is available to help people increase their level of physical activity post cancer treatment. For more information please go to the Healthy Living after Cancer page or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 to register.
'Exercise for the Management for Cancer: Life Now Instructor Course' is a professional development course administered by the Edith Cowan University Exercise Medicine Research Institute for health professionals, in particular exercise physiologists, who work with cancer patients and survivors.
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to design and implement safe and effective exercise programs for people with cancer. The course also provides critical information required for allied health professionals to provide effective advice about the role of exercise in the management of cancer.
For more information on the course please visit Exercise and Sport Science Australia's website at
Alternatively, contact ECU Exercise Medicine Research Institute on (08) 6304 3444
Cancer Council WA is committed to the education and training of all health professionals. The following areas of Cancer Council WA currently offer workshops and seminars that are open to allied health professionals;
- The GP Education Project coordinates professional development for general practice. Allied health professionals are always welcome to attend. For more information on specific events, visit the GP Education pages.
- The Palliative and Supportive Care Education Team offer a range of courses and education programs for nursing, allied health and aged care staff. For more information, see the Cancer Council WA Palliative and Supportive Care Education program.
Cancer Council WA supports the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (WA) Oncology Interest Group. As well as organising professional development events the group is a network for dietitians with an interest in oncology.
To become a member of the interest group you must be a member of DAA. For more information about becoming a DAA or interest group member please visit the DAA's website [External link].