Thrivorship programme

Supporting you to thrive at all stages of your cancer journey.

From surviving to thriving

At GenesisCare, we don’t just want you to survive your cancer, we want to support you to thrive.

Welcome to GenesisCare’s Thrivorship programme – the people and support services we partner with, survivor stories, and further resources on survivorship.

Currently in Australia, there are an estimated 1 million people who are considered cancer survivors. Over the past two decades, advances in genomic sequencing, immune therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy delivery technique and surgical procedures have combined to improve the overall survival of most cancers. As cancer treatment continues to improve, it is likely the number of survivors will continue to increase. They are also expected to live longer than ever before. Given the growing population and longevity of cancer patients, it is important you feel supported, understood and in an environment where you can thrive.

About the Thrivorship programme

The GenesisCare Thrivorship programme aims to offer care and support through:

  • Educating and working with GPs to improve care coordination and communication
  • Providing access to and emphasis on wellness and empowering you beyond cancer
  • Regular meetings with other survivors.

At GenesisCare, we seek to provide these things through regular follow-up appointments with your radiation oncologist, good quality communication between us and your GP through the adoption of Survivorship Care Plans, and encouragement to take ownership of your health through one-to-one educational opportunities with nurses. We also work closely with St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside and Choices Cancer Support Centre.

As part of the Thrivorship meetings a series of free, Zoom-based talks run throughout the year. Organised and chaired by Dr Leesa Jackson and colleagues from many clinics across Brisbane and beyond, the talks cover topics that are important to anyone who has a history of cancer, and the people who love them. Thrivors are invited to come along, ask questions, and build connections with others who have shared experiences.

In addition, all Thrivors are referred to additional services where required, such as:

  1. Exercise physiologist

  2. Lymphoedema and breast oncology physiotherapy

  3. Dietitian

Who is the Thrivorship programme for?

The Thrivorship programme can be accessed, and meetings may be attended by anyone with an interest or link to cancer, including:

  • Health professionals with an interest in cancer
  • People currently being treated with cancer
  • Survivors
  • Carers and loved ones.

At the meetings, you can meet with and talk to other people who have experienced cancer, carers and loved ones, and healthcare professionals working in the area.

See details below about our next Thrivorship meeting or talk to your local centre to find out dates.

Register for the next Thrivorship meeting

Topic: Lymphoedema Management

Date: 28 June, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Topic: Complementary Therapies in Thrivorship

Date: 16 August, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Topic: Mental Health in Thrivorship

Date: 18 August, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Topic: Fatigue Management

Date: 13 December, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Registration Details:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://genesiscare.zoom.us/j/9854718000

Meeting ID: 985 471 8000

Password: 201520

Got questions or queries?

For further information, please contact: Dr Leesa Jackson

About Dr Leesa Jackson

Leesa is originally from Townsville in North Queensland. She spent most of her life there and studied medicine at James Cook University. After graduating, she worked in public hospitals around the state before starting her role at GenesisCare.

Most of Leesa’s career has been spent in oncology (both medical and radiation) and she has a genuine passion for patient support, education, counselling, and survivorship.

Leesa has implemented changes at her local centre that focus on improving patient care, particularly around transition periods which can often be a source of distress for patients. She is currently undertaking further education in psychology and has plans to set up a research project into cancer-related fatigue management.

In her spare time, Leesa teaches speech and drama to young children at a local primary school and enjoys spending time with her family.

Helpful resources

Cancer Council Queensland

Lilley Place Cancer Wellbeing Centre

4/322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly QLD 4068 (in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre)

Tel: 0490 742 882

admin@cancerwellbeingcentre.org

 

Centrelink

The Wesley Hospital – Choices Cancer Support Centre

 

Exercise Physiologist

Pear Exercise Physiology
6/52 Jeffcott St, Wavell Heights

Tel: 0478 116 700

info@pearexercisephysiology.com.au

 

Qld Lymphoedema and Breast Oncology Physiotherapy

Dr Robyn Box
Suite 6, 197 Days Rd, Grange

Tel: (07) 3356 7737

qlbopreception@bigpond.com

Karen K Physiotherapy
24 Woodburn Place, Ferny Hills

Tel: (07) 3851 0762

Karen@karenkphysio.com.au

 

Dietitian

Michelle Graham

Chermside Medical Complex. 956 Gympie Rd, Chermside

Tel: (07) 3861 4677
michellegrahamdietitian@outlook.com