Cancer Survivorship for PCPs

This four-week, part-time massive open online course is designed for primary care practitioners, including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals.

It has been developed collaboratively and draws upon the expertise and experience of VCCC alliance staff, affiliated organisations and people experiencing cancer, friends and families.

The program adheres to best practice survivorship care and course content covers:

  • An awareness of cancer survivorship
  • The importance of a shared care model
  • Benefits for the patient and healthcare system


Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation; continuing professional development (CPD) points will be available through the relevant college.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise cancer as a chronic disease and its burden on the patient, health system and society, as well as understand the evolving role of the primary care practitioners (PCP).
  • Apply the models of care, optimal care pathways and clinical guidelines that direct survivorship care.
  • Recognise the psychosocial impacts of cancer treatments.
  • Outline the risk of new primary, local or metastatic recurrences and their temporal pattern.
  • Outline the consequences of cancer treatment on cancer survivors of various age-groups.
  • Recognise the advancements of new and emerging cancer therapies.

Program modules

  • Survivorship Fundamentals
  • Communication and Coordination of Care
  • Supportive Care
  • Surveillance
  • Long Term and Late Effects
  • New Cancer Therapies
  • Delivery method

This accessible program delivers relevant, evidence-based resources and is available as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).  

2019 course dates

4 February - closed 
29 April - enrolments open 4 March 2019
22 July - enrolments open 3 June 2019

Contact us for further information

For information contact Kyleigh Smith, VCCC Manager Education Development via email or phone 03 8559 6150.

The Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners program is proudly supported by the Victorian Government.