QLD CODE: Head and Neck Cancer - Unravelling current concepts and future directions

Price (incl GST)
Members Single price $88.00
Non-Members Single price $176.00
Students Single price $66.00

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Session Overview:

This event aims to provide updated information regarding the care of patients presenting with Head & Neck Cancer (HNC).  It will commence with a brief overview of the common types of HNC, the changes in HNC epidemiology and the terminology used when working within this clinical area.  It will review how the changing nature of the “typical HNC patient” is impacting upon delivery of HNC services with particular focus on how this relates to the speech pathologist.

The event aims to provide participants with an understanding of assessment and management of swallowing, and speech/communication in a HNC patient population.  This discussion will include information about the use of instrumental dysphagia assessment tools, the increased use of outcome measures and quality of life scales for measurement of patient progress and advocacy for service provision development/expansion.

The increased focus upon the strength of the MDT approach to HNC management will be explored.  The role of the speech pathologist in the MDT will be discussed.  Evidence to support clinical pathways for HNC assessment and management will be discussed, including comparison against international services and guidelines.  Discussion will highlight how these tools may assist development of local service delivery options and may guide development and implementation of Australia national guidelines for the safe, efficient and cost effective management of patients presenting with HNC.

A review of recent literature will be presented during the event including highlight of current research (national and international) and how this information may be implemented into local clinical services and your “everyday clinical practice”. It is anticipated participants will leave with some practical tips for use and some understanding of resources to support maintenance of knowledge and skills gained during this event.

What I will learn:

By the end of this online event you will have an understanding of:

  • An overview of common types of HNC and common terminology/definitions used when discussing these patients
  • An understanding of the changing nature of the HNC patient and the impact of this upon assessment, treatment & management of patients within this population
  • An update of specific dysphagia and communication/speech assessment & treatment approaches
  • An understanding of current concepts in multidisciplinary team (MDT) management of HNC
  • An overview of recent literature in the HNC arena and the application/implementation of this evidence into clinical practice
  • An awareness of current research in HNC – both locally and internationally
  • Practical tips & resources to maintain knowledge and skills in this area

Who should attend?

This event will be of relevance to those clinicians with:

  • An interest and/or experience working in the clinical area of Head & Neck Cancer (HNC) management
  • Experience working with this unique and complex patient group during or following HNC treatment

The event will be aimed at a beginner – intermediate level.  It is intended for those clinicians new to this clinical area and beginning to develop their knowledge and skills.  It is also intended to cater for those clinicians who have many years clinical experience but have infrequent exposure to HNC patients on their caseload and thus require a refresher and update in the field.

Participants in this event are expected to have a basic dysphagia, communication/speech knowledge and skills related to assessment and management of adult patients.  An understanding of the continuum of care for management patients presenting with HNC is advantageous but not essential.  An understanding of basic head and neck anatomy and basic understanding of the different types of instrumental dysphagia assessment tools will be assumed.

What do I need to read beforehand?

A selection of key documents will be provided to participants as pre-reading material prior to the event.  These documents will provide some basic background to the topics being covered during this event.

CPD Points awarded: 1.5 PSR points


Nadine Lawson Nadine Lawson
Senior Speech Pathologist