A digital program to support young people adjusting to life after cancer has been awarded $1.37 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Dawn collaborator Professor Sandie McCarthy, from the University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is leading the project BALANCE, which will be developed by UQ in partnership with cancer support organisation Canteen.
Professor McCarthy said the aim of the digital program was to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of young people treated for cancer by giving them the knowledge and skills to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
“Surviving cancer does not necessarily mean younger people can return to their former state of health – they must work at it,” Professor McCarthy said.
“Young people need mental health strategies to manage the distress associated with their cancer experience.
“As the program is driven by the needs of young people, it will be designed and delivered in consultation with them.”
For more information about BALANCE, contact Professor McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video courtesy of Channel 10 News, airing 8 October 2021
The BALANCE program is supported by: