Submission To Be Reviewed
Title: The current state of cancer rehabilitation in Australia
Australia has a large and growing population of people living with and beyond cancer. The dominant model of post-treatment cancer care is specialist-led and focused on detection of cancer recurrence, however there is increasing attention towards cancer rehabilitation to maximise the health and wellbeing of people affected by cancer. Peak national cancer bodies are calling for person-centred care that is responsive to the holistic needs and issues experienced by people with cancer, and recognizing the need for health care systems and services toadapt in order to effectively and efficiently meetthis challenge. A variety of rehabilitation practice and research initiatives are currently underway nationally; we provide key examples of strategies that aim to meet physical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors while highlighting the inadequacy of existing rehabilitation services to meet the needs of the Australian cancer population.Despite the growing evidence base supporting a range of rehabilitation practices however, cancer rehabilitation is not part of usual care in Australia. Challenges include limited awareness of rehabilitation services among both patients and health care professionals and a lack of sustainable funding to support rehabilitation programs. These challenges support theneed for ongoing multidisciplinary approaches to cancer rehabilitation and for coordination of efforts nationally to progress cancer rehabilitation policy, practice and research.Future opportunities include development of a minimum dataset of rehabilitation outcomes, utilization of emerging digital health.
Cancer, rehabilitation, survivorship. australi, review
Editor's request 28-09-2018
REVIEW FORM RESPONSE