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Thursday, July 30 • 10:40am - 12:10pm
S1: The Role of Peer Support in Survivorship Care

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10:40 (5 mins) Introduction by the Chair/Discussant: Prof Jeff Dunn, AO
Peer support has a long tradition in community based support for people affected by cancer. However this approach has until recently, been largely neglected in research and cancer care guidelines, policy and planning documents.  As the cancer burden increases alongside fiscal constraints, peer support is set to move to prominence as an accessible, effective and affordable model of care.  Understanding and further developing effective and sustainable peer support interventions will be essential if we are to accelerate progress in providing cancer support to those affected across the globe and achieving World Cancer Declaration targets.

10:45 (20 mins) S1-1: Peer Support as a Clinically-sponsored Intervention,Cathy Hirsch, Reach to Recovery International, USA
Cathy’s presentation will discuss the natural tendency of patients facing serious illness to seek emotional support and information from others who experienced similar circumstances, as well as the advantages of providing organized, established peer support programs at the community level.

11:05 (20 mins) S1-2: Maximising Effectiveness in Peer Support: Practical Considerations, Prof Suzanne Chambers, Professor of Preventative Health, Griffith University, AU
Suzanne’s presentation will provide articulation points for researchers seeking to evaluate the impact of peer support in cancer and for designing methodologies underpinned by theory that match how peer support is expressed and consumed.

11:25 (20 mins) S1-3: Putting Peer Support Online: The Importance of Internet Literacy, Dr Stephen Lepore, Professor of Public Health and Director of Social and Behavioral Health Interventions Laboratory, Temple University, USA
Stephen will present data from an online breast cancer support intervention which shows a positive relationship between internet literacy and improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety.   

11:45 (20 mins) S1-4: The Role of Peer Support for Physical Well-Being after Cancer, Dr Kevin Stein, American Cancer Society, US
Kevin’s presentation will focus on understanding how physical activity can improve overall physical health and the use of peer mentors/coaches and online peer support programs.  

12:05 (20 mins) Closing Comments by Symposium Chair 

Thursday July 30, 2015 10:40am - 12:10pm
Liberty Ballroom Meeting Level 4

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