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PINC & STEEL is more than just helping people after cancer, it is about giving hope, strength and courage.


Professional Development Program

We Are Passionate About Staying At The Forefront Of Cancer Rehabilitation And Providing Our Certified Physiotherapists With The Latest Information. 

Cancer treatments and protocols are constantly advancing, therefore cancer rehab Physiotherapists need to keep up to date to ensure the safety of the patients they treat and for quality assurance to our medical referrers. 

The professional development program is compulsory every two years for all certified PINC and STEEL Physiotherapists.  We believe our Physiotherapists are providing an incredibly important service, which makes a profoundly positive impact on the lives of cancer patients.  We want to continue to support our Physiotherapists to develop their skills and help them leverage these skills to impact more people in their communities.  


Our Professional Development Program is updated each year.

This year we have a brilliant line up of presenters sharing their knowledge in the following 3 modules:

Module One - Understanding pain related to cancer treatment plus

Presented by Physiotherapist, Paul Lagerman
This module consists of 2 presentations and a practical interactive webinar run by Paul Lagerman

Presentation 1 = Neurobiology of pain - Understanding pain related to cancer treatment

Pain is a an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. We now know that pain is 100% of the time produced by the brain. We also know there are no pain receptors, pain fibres, pain nerves, or pain messages that come from the body. Cancer pain differs somewhat from non-malignant musculoskeletal pain as a number of the treatments are highly invasive yet necessary to tackle cancer. This presentation discusses the causes of pain as a result of the various treatments that patients undergo as part of their cancer treatment.

Presentation 2 = Pain and the affective mind - the perceptual and emotional reaction to pain

Pain is more than just the cathartic expression "ouch". There lies an inner experience that is enveloped in feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, fear, isolation and, chaos. This inner experience is distress. This presentation discusses the perceptual - emotional reactions that we have with pain.

Module 2 - Counselling micro skills for effective discussions plus

Improving understanding of patient status and concerns = Presented by Dr Judith Ansell is a NZ registered psychologist with a PhD in Biomedical Science from Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
This module consists of 3 presentations and a practical interactive webinar run by Dr Judith Ansell

  • Presentation 1 = Counselling micro-skills for effective discussion and to enhance understanding of patient status and concerns.
  • Presentation 2 = Micro-skills in practice: incorporating extended skills and developing your own professional style. 
  • Presentation 3 = Self-care: Compassion and self-compassion to maintain a healthy and positive focus. Dealing with grief and loss.
Module 3 - Latest treatment advances plus

Presented by Oncologist Michelle Wilson, Lou James and Denise Stewart
This module consists of 3 presentations with a option for PINC or STEEL Physios.

  • Safety Considerations for Cancer Rehabilitation - the latest guidelines and research 
  • Fighting cancer with immunotherapy
  • Managing side effects of estrogen deprivation in women affected by cancer (PINC)
  • Managing side effects of ADT for men affected by cancer (STEEL)
  • Practical techniques for scar management

Physiotherapists get from the brand?

  • Differentiation – allows you to differentiate yourself against other physiotherapists in your region
  • Being able to positively raise your profile within the community in a way that everyone will look favourably on
  • There is an ever-increasing demand on rehabilitation services for cancer survivors 
  • Benefits team morale within your physiotherapy clinic - current PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation physiotherapists have reported their cancer patients to be their most rewarding and have really enjoyed supporting MOVE OVER CANCER events in their communities for something worthwhile

Demand for cancer 
rehab services increasing 

One in three men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. With our aging population and increasing cancer survivorship rates (up to 80% in some cancers). There are now over 22 million cancer survivors worldwide. There is an ever-increasing demand on rehabilitation services for cancer survivors. Becoming a PINC or STEEL Certified Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist offers you the opportunity to make a huge difference to the life of cancer patients.

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365 Survive to Thrive Journal

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