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CTICC: Cape Town International Convention Centre # | Cape town, SOUTH AFRICA
From 800 to 3200 ZAR
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Specialty: , Medical Oncology
Dates: From Mar, 20, 2013 to Mar, 22, 2013
Location: Cape town, SOUTH AFRICA
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 800 to 3200 ZAR
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CTICC: Cape Town International Convention Centre #

The Cape Town International Convention Centre Company (Convenco) is the holding company of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Convenco was formed in 1999 through collaboration between the City of Cape Town, the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the business sector. It is jointly owned by the City of Cape Town (50.2% shareholding), the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (25.1% shareholding), and SunWest International (Pty) Ltd (24.7% shareholding). The primary objective behind the formation of the holding company was to deliver a world-class international convention centre in Cape Town that would provide meeting, convention and exhibition services and facilities for local and international organisations and their guests. It was envisaged by the Convenco co-founders that the CTICC would have a sustainable positive impact on the economic and social development of Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa as a whole.
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Welcome message:

The 17th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference is only a year away and it gives me great pleasure to invite you all to the first RRI Conference in Africa!

The Reach to Recovery programme is found globally and so previous conferences have been held in various cities and continents: - but never on the continent of Africa.

The conference, to be held in Cape Town March 20th-22nd, has a varied and interesting programme. Delegates will have the opportunity of listening to international speakers renowned in their subjects. There will be workshops not just pre-conference but also as alternative choices during the conference. These workshops will allow delegates to improve their skills base on a variety of topics such as Advocacy for Volunteers, Health and the Media, Social Networks and Modern Technology. Concurrent sessions will include Metastatic Breast Cancer, Palliative Care, Developments in Research, Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues. There will be tracks for delegates to share their knowledge and opportunities for networking- always an important component of a RRI Conference. Of course an opening cocktail party and the Gala Dinner will add to the occasion!

Of particular interest to health professionals will be the 3 pre-conference workshops. We encourage nurses to enrol for the Breast Cancer Nursing Care and Lymphoedema, and Social Workers for Oncology Social Work. We hope that these professionals will then return to their countries not only enriched with knowledge but also with a better understanding of the role of the Reach to Recovery volunteer.

Despite an interesting and stimulating programme there will of course be time to explore beautiful Cape Town! Take the opportunity for shopping at the nearby Waterfront, a trip by cable car up Table Mountain, visit the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or even a visit to a winery for wine tasting. There is plenty to interest everyone.

We would like to invite you to bring your families and enjoy a magical African holiday after the conference- make this a once in a life time experience!

Join us in Cape Town March 2013: you will be assured of a warm, friendly African welcome, and a conference of note!


Courses / Workshops within the event

An exciting addition to the programme in 2013 are two series of pre-conference workshops: the Health Professional Workshops and the RRI Volunteer Workshops. The Health Professional Workshops are R500.00 for one workshop, or R850.00 for the two day Lymphoedema workshop, and the RRI Volunteer Workshops are complimentary and open to all 17th RRI delegates. Please note that workshops are limited to 50 participants and bookings will only be confirmed once full payment has been received.

Health Professional Workshops

Lymphoedema training for health professionals
(18 & 19 March 07:30 – 17:00)

View Details: Lymphoedema Training for health professionals

Purpose of Workshop: A two day capacity building workshop to enhance the clinical skills of health care providers, focusing on the epidemiology of breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) as well as to identify and address the challenges of providing an efficient and effective service for the management of BCRL in limited resource health settings.

Defining Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema: Breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) is a debilitating and chronic condition that may develop post breast cancer treatment and occasionally due to the recurrence of cancer. Symptoms of BCRL include swelling of the upper limb, shoulder and chest on the side of body affected by the treatment. If BCRL is not managed appropriately it may cause physical impairment, psycho-social and economic difficulties. BCRL can be managed at two levels. Firstly by health professionals within the health system and secondly by the individual who experience the symptoms. The management of BCRL according to the recommended international guidelines are costly in terms of time, human and physical resources, particularly in health settings where resources are limited. Most health settings on the African continent are challenged by limited resources, such as lack of finances to purchase equipment, lack of equipment and bandages and other garments, as well as lack of skilled health care providers. It is therefore important to enhance the clinical skills of health care providers in order to provide an efficient and effective BCRL service for breast cancer survivors.

Breast Cancer Nursing Care
(19 March 07:30 – 17:00)

View Details: Breast Cancer Nursing Care

Purpose of Workshop: This workshop will look at the role nurses do/may play in helping women with breast cancer who are cared for in developing countries. It will combine discussion about the way forward with practical advice and sharing of ideas. There will be feedback from nurses who have gone through specialist training in South Africa and a workshop on the management of women with advanced breast cancer concentrating on analgesia, and wound care.

We welcome input from nurses involved with the management of breast cancer patients from anywhere in the world. This is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with nurses from both first world and developing countries.

Psychosocial Work
(19 March 07:30 – 17:00)

View Details: Psychosocial Work

Purpose of Workshop: The aim of this session will be to build professional capacity for social workers working in Africa dealing with breast cancer issues thus enabling and empowering them to integrate theory and practice in such a manner that they will be rendering more effective patient care services in their areas of work; and to empower Social Workers to take the lead in developing cost effective support serves in resource restraint environments. Furthermore, we hope to build an African network of social worker working in oncology that will be able to share best practice and work towards creating a forum for future collaboration as we work together to create and build service models to serve cancer patients and their families.

Morning session is for Beginner Social Workers working in Oncology and will cover:

  • The role of the Social worker in the oncology context (Scope of Practice)
  • Managing Cancer Distress and ensuring a Whole patients centred care model of care
  • Assessment of cancer patients and their needs
  • Discussion of 3 theoretical models useful in Oncology

Afternoon session is for Advanced Social Workers with 3 years plus experience in Oncology and will cover:

  • Developing Your Personal Leadership Style
  • Teaching Caregivers and Cancer Survivors to COPE: An Evidence-Based Problem Solving Intervention for
  • Individuals Affected by Cancer
  • A Psycho-educational Approach in Preparing Breast Cancer
  • Patient's Transition from Patient to Survivor
  • Refining End of Life (EOL)
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for Fatigue

RRI Volunteer Workshops
(19 March13:00 – 17:00)

  • Workshop 1: Activating volunteers
  • Workshop 2: Volunteers to support people with metastatic disease
  • Workshop 3: Care for the carers
  • Workshop 4: Social networking: a practical training workshop
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The 17th RRI Conference Secretariat has selected a range of hotels for delegates to choose from and has negotiated guaranteed rates. Delegates can reserve accommodation at one of the designated conference hotels when completing the registration form. If you would like to make your own accommodation arrangements at a B&B, hostel or guesthouse, the 17th RRI Conference Secretariat recommends Please note that the Conference Secretariat can only make bookings at the designated conference hotels and cannot be responsible for accommodation booked independently by delegates. Delegates are encouraged to book accommodation close to the conference venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The CTICC is located on Cape Town's foreshore, adjacent to the Waterfront and the city centre.
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