Extending information for rural health professionals

The Breast cancer online modules are educational activities that are part of the Supporting women in rural areas diagnosed with breast cancer program, funded by the Australian Government and delivered by Cancer Australia.

Cancer Australia is collaborating with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to provide new educational opportunities for general practitioners, nurses and other health professionals working in rural areas to access information about the latest advances in evidence-based breast cancer treatment and care.

Using online technology, health professionals will be able to access and participate in breast cancer education without travelling.

Each online module has been accredited with ACRRM for 1 Core PDP Point.

Online education modules include:

The younger woman with early breast cancer - what do I need to know?

This module, presented by Professor Christobel Saunders, addresses the appropriate investigation and management of the younger woman presenting with a breast symptom, the physical and psychosocial issues relevant to a younger woman with early breast cancer, and appropriate treatment and follow-up care.

Breast cancer treatment - managing the impact

This module, presented by Associate Professor Jane Turner, addresses the provision of psychosocial care after a diagnosis of breast cancer including the impact of the diagnosis and treatment on a woman and her family.

Breast cancer treatment is over - what's next?

This module, presented by Dr Julie Thompson, concentrates on best practice follow-up care for women who have completed treatment for breast cancer including the follow-up schedule and managing treatment related sequelae. 

Breast cancer in the family - what does it mean?

This module, presented by Professor Judy Kirk, addresses the importance of assessing a family history of breast cancer in your patients, and identifies risk-reducing strategies for women who are found to be at increased risk.

Breast cancer diagnosis - what now?

This module, presented by Dr Tony Green and Dr Geoffrey Beadle, focuses on treatment for breast cancer after diagnosis including best practice relating to surgery and adjuvant therapies, appropriate referral pathways, the side effects of treatment and latest advances. 

How not to miss a breast cancer - the triple test in practice

This module, presented by Dr Julie Thompson, provides a systematic approach to investigating a women with a new breast symptom including the role of the GP and the importance of the triple test.

For ACRRM members, or RRMEO subscribers, you can access these modules by enrolling via the ACRRM website here.

For others who wish to apply for free access (sponsored via Cancer Australia) please click here to register.