The COUCH Wellness Centre aligns to best practice and an evidence-based approach to the health and well-being services provided. The model of care is supported by multiple frameworks and focuses on a community-based approach to care.
Model of Survivorship Care. Cancer Survivorship: Living well with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Model of Survivorship Care Working Group. Model of Survivorship Care: Critical Components of Cancer Survivorship Care in Australia Position Statement. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. 2016.
Principals of Cancer Survivorship.
A national framework to guide policy, planning and health system responses to cancer survivorship.
Australian Government Cancer Australia. Principals of Cancer Survivorship. 2017. https://canceraustralia.gov.au/publications-and-resources/cancer-australia-publications/principles-cancer-survivorship
Optimal Cancer Care Pathways.
These pathways provide an outline for the best cancer care approach for specific cancer diagnoses.
Cancer Council Australia. Optimal cancer care pathways. 2018. https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/cancer-pathways-what-to-expect.html
Team Based Care in Oncology.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Presentations from the 2016 NCI-ASCO Teams in Care Care Delivery Workshop. 2016.
Evidence-based, consensus driven cancer treatment protocols and information.
Cancer Institute NSW. NSW Government. eviQ.
Cancer Information and Resources.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria Australia.
The complementary therapies provided at the COUCH Wellness Centre align to the evidence-based approach of integrative medicine in oncology. We focus on the whole person, not just the cancer and therapies are provided to compliment your chosen treatment pathway. Research has shown such therapies may assist with symptom management from the side effects of conventional treatment for cancer.
Lopez G., et al. The effects of oncology massage on symptom self-report for cancer patients and their caregivers. 2017.
Wyatt G., et al. Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes: A Reflexology Trial With Patients With Advanced-Stage Breast Cancer. 2012.
Lu W., et al. The value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care. 2008.
Rouleau CR., et al. The impact of mindfulness-based interventions on symptom burden, positive psychological outcomes and biomarkers in cancer patients. 2015.
Cramer H., et al. Yoga for improving health-related quality of life, mental health and cancer-related symptoms in women diagnosed with breast cancer (review). 2017.
Espíndula RC., et al. Pilates and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. 2017.
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) recommends that anyone with a cancer diagnosis should participate in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment
An accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist can determine the most suitable exercise program for an individual based on their cancer diagnosis, treatment plan and previous level of activity.
COSA exercise recommendations include both aerobic and resistance-based exercises, with guidelines stating that people with cancer should aim for both:
Find out more by visiting https://www.cosa.org.au/publications/position-statements/