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.
(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