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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 Cancer Rehab Therapists With The Latest Information. 

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

Cancer rehabilitation research is outpacing all other fields of rehabilitation research there are over 2780 currently active clinical trails in exercise oncology alone. We have done some of the hard work for you by analysing the newest research, and selecting the most relevant information to include in our CPD modules.

The CPD modules are available exclusively for PINC & STEEL certified cancer rehab therapists. All modules are available online and therefore save you the travel and accommodation costs usually associated with CPD courses.

The modules can be accessed online any time.

You can select as many modules as you would like to participate in. The minimum requirement to remain certified is 3 modules over each 2 year period following Certification.








Module 1 - Lung Cancer plus
Background information:

Lung cancer is the leading type of cancer diagnosed in males worldwide. In females, lung cancer is the fourth most common cancer. The screening and treatments for lung cancer have improved, and the numbers of people living with a diagnosis of lung cancer is increasing. It is exciting to see the advances in research over the past decade, particularly supporting the use of exercise training. Emerging literature has addressed the effects of exercise-based rehabilitation programs along the continuum of the disease and this is rapidly progressing the role of physical therapy in lung cancer.

Presentations in this module include:
  • Lung Cancer Part One The treatment and burden associated with lung cancer. Presented by Lou James.
  • Lung Cancer Part Two The latest evidence on exercise-based rehabilitation and physiotherapy management. Presented by Lou James.
  • Interview with Dr Catherine Granger on her current research and the role of physiotherapy in lung cancer. Dr Catherine Granger is a physiotherapist clinician and researcher. She is the Head of Physiotherapy Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and has over 50 publications predominately in the area of physical activity in lung cancer.
  • Managing the Breathless Cancer Patient. Presented by Tania Clifton-Smith, a world expert in breathing dysfunction. In this presentation Tania talks about the causes of breathlessness for the cancer patient, and why it is so common in this patient population. She includes a demonstration on how to assess and manage the condition.
  • Lung Cancer Case study 



Module 2 - Blood Cancer plus
Background information:

Our PINC & STEEL cancer rehab therapists are seeing a growing number of people affected by different types of blood cancer and it is important to be confident to help this patient population both during and after treatment.  Any cancerous growth affecting blood, bone marrow or the lymphatic system is termed as blood cancer. There are three main groups of blood cancers – leukaemia, lymphomas and myelomas.

Presentations in this module include:
  • Blood Cancer Overview - The types, burden and latest treatment for blood cancer patients and the latest evidence on rehabilitation including stem cell transplant rehabilitation. Presented by Lou James
  • Interview with Rochelle Mills – Registered Nurse and Senior Support Services Coordinator at the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation NZ. Rochelle works with people during treatment, and is closely involved with support groups for this population. 
  • Patient Interview – Mr Amos was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia and he shares his treatment and rehab experience
  • Blood Cancer Case Study


Module 3 - Gynaecological Cancer plus
Background information:

Gynaecological cancers include ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancer. All cancer treatments can contribute to pelvic dysfunctions such as pain, fibrosis, scar tissue adhesions, diminished flexibility, neurologic, myofascial and pelvic organ injury. Asking the right questions and performing a thorough physiotherapy assessment are essential steps in addressing the concerns of these women.

Presentations in this module include:
  • Gynaecological Cancer Overview - The types, burden and latest treatment for gynaecological cancer patients and the latest evidence on rehabilitation. Presented by Lou James.
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Gynaecological Cancer Patients – Presented by PINC Physiotherapist Tam Holden. Tam looks at how to assess these types of patients, and offers practical treatment advice to support PINC therapists to achieve best possible outcomes when dealing with the pelvic floor.
  • Interview with Surgeon Dr Cecile Bergzoll Gynae-Oncologist - Cecile is the Clinical Director of Gynaecological Oncology at ADHB.  Cecile discusses the latest advances in surgical techniques, side effects and post-operative care.
  • Gynaecological Case Study
Module 4 - Cancers Affecting Adolescents and Young Adults plus
Background information:

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) affected by cancer face numerous short and long-term health and psychosocial issues. They are also at increased risk of making poor behavioral and lifestyle choices , including those around diet and physical activity. Unfortunately, a significant gap exists for AYA patients because few cancer treatment and survivorship programs tend to address their specific needs. There are also numerous late effects of cancer and treatment for AYAs, and cancer rehab therapists can play a significant role in improving outcomes for this patient population.

Presentations in this module include:
  • AYA Cancer Overview - The types, treatment and long term side effects of cancers affecting adolescents and young adults. The latest evidence on exercise rehabilitation in this population. Presented by Lou James
  • Physio Client Presentation - Presented by Jonty Garlick, STEEL cancer rehab physiotherapist. Jonty shares an interesting case study of a young leukemia patient he supported to achieve some very positive outcomes. He shares his expertise on practical ways to make a difference to this patient population.
  • Interview with Kathy Yellop, The Late Effects Clinic (Long Term Assessment Programme – or LEAP) - Kathy talks about the long term challenges young people affected by cancer face.
  • AYA case study
Module 5 - Business Mindset: Marketing plus
Background information:

All the effort you have put into specialising as a Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist and the skills you have developed to assist those affected by cancer are wasted if no one knows. 

Presentations in this module include:
  • Leveraging your association with PINC & STEEL to grow your business – Presented by Lu De Marginy. Lu has a great deal of experience working with businesses to help them with branding and marketing.
  • Marketing Lecture Overview – Presented by Emily Searle. Emily outlines essential marketing steps to help you increase referrals.
  • Marketing Lecture Methods – Presented by Emily Searle. Emily provides practical guidance to help clinics and therapists market their services to increase referrals.
  • Interview with GP and Oncologist - Dr Tracy Ball GP and Oncologist Michelle Head talk about building relationships between key professionals to increase referrals into the PINC & STEEL service. Dr Ball and Dr Head give advice from their personal perspectives about how to affect the barriers to referral and ultimately reach more people affected by a cancer diagnosis.
  • Panel Discussion - STEEL therapists discuss how to increase referrals into the service when your market is Male. (This is an additional presentation for STEEL Physios).
Module 6 - Advanced Cancer plus
Background information:

Despite a life-limiting diagnosis, many individuals with advanced cancer live for several years, making ‘living well’ critically important. Previously as physiotherapists advanced cancer and metastatic disease has been seen as a red flag, a reason for ‘hands off’ and referral to other professionals. In this module we will examine current research on rehabilitation and physical activity for people with advanced cancer and how it can be safely tailored to individuals with breathlessness, severe deconditioning, cachexia and bone metastases.

Presentations in this module include:
  • Advanced Cancer Overview – Overview of current research on rehabilitation and physical activity for people with advanced cancer. Presented by Lou James.
  • Interview with Chris Jackson Medical Director of The Cancer Society – Sharing about the latest treatment advances for people with advanced disease.
  • Interview with Eileen Dahl – Eileen is living with bony mets, and has been since 2015. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, an Independent Resilience Researcher as well as speaker, educator and consultant. She shares her insights and experiences.
  • Managing the Breathless Cancer Patient - A presentation by Tania Clifton Smith, a world  expert in breathing dysfunction. Tania talks about the causes of breathlessness for the cancer patient and why it is so common in this population. She shares the assessment methods and management techniques she uses to achieve the best outcomes when working with these patients.
  • Caring for Yourself too – Interview with Clinical Pyschologist Karen Parieta-York, looking at the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the professional working with patients with advanced cancer and those at the end of life. A discussion acknowledging the impact that the death of a patient has on a therapist, and the practical techniques that can support grief and ongoing self care whilst continuing to work with these populations.
Module 7 - Supporting Engagement In Cancer Rehabilitation plus
Background information:

Dr. Nicola Kayes is an Associate Professor and Director of the Person Centered Research at Auckland University of Technology. Her research reflects her background in health psychology and predominantly explores the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation. Dr. Kayes has a special interest in the working role of the rehabilitation practitioner as a critical factor in cancer rehabilitation. This module will help you learn to be more effective in getting engagement in cancer rehabilitation to support people throughout their cancer treatment and beyond.

Presentations in this module include:
  • Getting to know the personal context - This presentation will include discussion of the ways in which people think, feel and behave when facing the significant and enduring effects of a cancer diagnosis, and consider implications for their engagement in an exercise-based rehabilitation programme. Presented by Dr Nicola Kayes
  • Building connectivity and capability- This will include a focus on the develop of therapeutic relationship as a core rehabilitation process which is critical to engagement and outcome. It will discuss what matters most to the therapeutic relationship in rehabilitation, as well the potentially therapeutic value of relationship in building capability.  Presented by Dr Nicola Kayes
  • Embedding behavioral strategies - This will include an introduction to some broad principles of applied behaviour change theory, as well as some practical strategies for cancer rehabilitation practice which can be tailored to the unique and specific circumstances of individuals living with a cancer diagnosis. Presented by Dr Nicola Kayes
Module 8 - Business Mindset Funding plus
Background information: 

This is an additional free module to support Certified PINC & STEEL therapists and clinics to provide cancer rehabilitation in their communities at a lower cost by raising their own funds. Fundraising can also be a very effective way to increase the profile of the services offered alongside supporting people with financial hardship after a cancer diagnosis. Creating a fundraising strategy also provides a platform for past PINC & STEEL clients to give back directly in your region, which they are often keen to do. In turn, this enables therapists to support more people affected by cancer to reach their potential!

Presentations in this module include:
  • Fundraising Overview – A presentation looking at the most effective fundraising channels for individuals, clinics, and departments to consider to support their community’s access to PINC & STEEL rehabilitation services. Presented by Emily Searle and Lou James.
  • Fundraising Stories - PINC & STEEL therapist across the world share how they have raised funds to support those with cancer in their community. Providers share ideas about how their campaigns can be transferrable to others, how they fit in with cost and time constraints, and how the method they chose worked well for their situation and setting. Presentation and interviews by Emily Searle.
Webinar Options plus

There are three webinar options in 2019 that you are able to select and register for. These webinars are to compliment the relevant modules and provide a live exchange of questions and discussion about the topic in question with other PINC & STEEL Certified therapist. There are no additional costs for the webinars, but you must have completed a CPD module to attend. 

Webinar One: Advanced Cancer   Wednesday 6 November 8.30 pm NZ time zone:

Are you confident helping patients with bone metastases, breathlessness and cachexea? How do you cope when your clients condition deteriorates?

This webinar will address safety concerns for this patient population and discuss the practical implementation of symptom management and exercise prescription for people with advanced cancer.  It will also address coping strategies for PINC & STEEL therapists working with people with advanced disease. 


Webinar Two: Overcoming barriers to referrals    12 November 8.30 pm NZ time zone: 

This webinar will help to address the barriers cancer rehabilitation therapists face to increase referrals from other professionals and organisations. We will discuss solutions and steps that can assist you to overcome some of these barriers in a variety of locations and settings.


Webinar Three: Fundraising - is it worth it?  21 November 8.30 pm NZ time zone: 

This webinar will aim to address how to be most effective and efficient when using fundraising strategies, and how to gather support from your community to assist you to do this well. We will also discuss practical way in which you can support those experiencing financial hardship with access to you specialist cancer rehabilitation service.

Registration for the 2019 CPD program is open now and closes on 10th May 2019.  To register just click on this link and select the modules you want to participate in.

How To Register plus

To register for any modules follow this link.  

Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists get from the brand?

  • Differentiation – allows you to differentiate yourself against other therapists 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 work place - current PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation therapists 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 or Occupational Therapist offers you the opportunity to make a huge difference to the life of cancer patients.

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