Our collaborative training with our client Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre delivered to more than 60 interpreters was an exclusive presentation for All Graduates.
The two-hour session, held at the centre, covered the following topics:
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Presented by Denise Beovich, Senior Social Worker at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Social Workers provide support to patients and their families at all stages on the cancer path, which includes: Pre-diagnosis, Treatment, Recurrence, End of life, Remission and Cure.
We learnt from Denise that Government policy and Action Plans recognize that treatment should focus on the whole person, as opposed to just focusing on the illness.
Issues specifically considered in the impact of cancer on the CALD community were discussed and included:
Patient and family’s experience of cancer depends upon:
Denise talked of the various types of loss a patient may experience:
She identified a range of factors that social workers, and other health professionals, use to assess and identify potential risk for psychosocial distress amongst cancer patients. Some of these were:
How to self-care:
Denise spoke about the variety of factors that can cause stress and suggested that interpreters be aware of for themselves.
Be aware that:
How to look after yourself
Find out what support is available to you. Be aware of your individual emotional triggers.
Presented by Susan Harper – Manager Infection Control/Staff Vaccinations at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Interpreters need to ensure:
Interpreters need to use DeBug and using the World Health Organization standards of hygiene and the 5 Moments.
Susan shared the importance of when all individuals in the hospital, to wash hands when
Use DeBug hand wash:
The hospital has a Coughing Etiquette
Inpatient wards – standard and contact transmission precautions
When not sure, please ask the Nurse in charge
Ensure that you gown/ glove/wear mask if required, before entering patient room
Use DeBug before and after removal of gloves
Note: Not all patients who are VRE+ are placed in Ward 2
Peter Mac is committed to providing exceptional care. We ask interpreters to stay home if they have had exposure to infection such as measles, chickenpox, diarrhea, influenza, etc.
Susan ended her presentation with a reminder that free influenza vaccinations are available for interpreters from April to May, Monday to Friday. No appointments are necessary for this Annual Influenza Program.
Presented by Tim Michael, at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Tim shared that approximately 50 per cent of cancer patients will have radiation therapy, which is extremely localized.
To increase the accuracy of the treatment, the patients are required to keep very still during each treatment and may need extra support to assist them to do so. Some patients, having treatment in their head and neck area, may require a custom-made mask during their treatment. This can be daunting for most patients. A lot of time is spent talking with the patient to ensure they understand what to expect during each procedure and to try to alleviate any anxiety they may be experiencing.
He explained how the radiotherapy professionals will take a long time to precisely setup the patient in their treatment position prior to the delivery of the radiation treatment. Each treatment must be exactly the same.
During the treatment, the patient does not feel, see, smell or taste the radiation. There are some side effects from the treatment. These will vary from patient to patient and are dependant on the anatomical area of the patient being treated.