Southern Tasmania Area Health ServicesTasmanian Health Service - Southern Region

Criteria for booking groups or programs:

The THS - Southern Region Cancer Support Centre will offer groups or programs as part of the vision 'Your Place for Cancer Support'. However as it is important the Centre's activities rooms are used in accordance with the Vision and Purpose of the Centre and do not become extra space for other activities in the hospital, it is valuable to have a base criteria to assess a program's suitability to be held in the Centre.

A program or group to be held in the Cancer Support Centre will be considered providing:

  1. Meets one of the three categories outlined below for individuals who are directly affected by a diagnosis of cancer
  2. Does not compete with programs or groups that are already available in the community or which could be better held in the community
  3. A non THS service provider has completed the required registration of their service and proposed program before commencing
  4. The program or group in no way replaces specific individual clinical information or education sessions
  5. It is not proposed to be held in the Cancer Support Centre simply because there is no other room anywhere else.

A group or activities program may be offered as a

  • One-off event – ie Breast Cancer Wellness Seminar
  • A structured closed group of a defined number of meetings – ie education group once a week for four weeks
  • A regular event at specified intervals – 'Laryngectomy' afternoon tea once every three months

Three Categories for Programs or Groups

1. Support:

A cancer support group or program is an avenue for people to share experiences and emotions with others in a similar position. It can be either a formal or structured program of a nominated number of meetings or an informal group where individuals sharing a similar experience of cancer may meet with others at a specified time.

2. Education:

A group or program offering education as its main focus may be a specific itinerary or an infrequent but regular occurrence with a topic that is repeated and open to different participants each time

  • General
    • Survivorship
    • Managing emotions
    • Sexuality
    • Communication
    • Understanding treatments for cancer – surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, palliative care
    • Understanding palliative care
  • Specific
    • Brain tumour seminar
    • Breast cancer seminar
    • Nutrition for those with head and neck cancer

3. Wellness:

For example:

Activities or programs that focus on encouraging wellness at any stage of the journey from diagnosis to terminal care.

For example:

  • Physical
    • Exercise classes specifically for those with a diagnosis of cancer or a specific cancer
    • Physiotherapy classes for women with breast cancer/lymphoedema
  • Complementary exercise activities
    • Tai chi
    • Yoga
    • Relaxation
  • Emotional
    • Relaxation or mindfulness classes
    • Art, journaling or music therapy
    • Look Good Feel Better workshops
    • Laughter therapy