YCS Community of Practice

Darwin scenery

The National Youth Cancer Service team at Canteen, in partnership with COSA, are pleased to welcome you to the 2024 YCS Community of Practice Meeting at the Novotel Darling Square, Sydney from Thursday 22 - Friday 23 August.

The Community of Practice meeting is an opportunity for clinicians from across the country to connect with one another who share the same passion towards providing the best care and support to AYAs diagnosed with cancer.

This year's theme is Where's your head at?.

With a strong focus on the health and mental well-being of clinicians and AYAs, this year's meeting will provide a range of strategies and practical tools for self-care including panel discussions, case studies and presentations that address coping with the ongoing challenges of delivering care to AYA patients.

There will also be presentations on Genomics and a panel discussion addressing Lymphoma cancer care treatment.

In addition to the meeting, Special Interest Group meetings will take place during the afternoon on Thursday 22 August. These are intimate sized groups designed to encourage practical discussions and are an excellent way to learn from each other's experiences.





Youth Cancer Service and Canteen acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and sovereign Custodians of this land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are committed to providing inclusive and appropriate support for First Nations young people, their kin and community impacted by cancer.

Ngalaya (Dharawal for ally or friend in battle), is an artwork commissioned by Canteen created by Kamilaroi and Jerrinja woman and artist Jasmine Sarin.


CLICK HERE for a downloadable version of the program.


More speakers to be announced soon!


Registrations closed on Friday 9 August 2024

YCS Clinical Staff

Registration includes:

   - Special Interest Groups, Thurs 22 Aug 
   - Group Dinner, Thurs 22 Aug
   - Community of Practice Meeting,
      Fri 23 Aug
   - Flights, meals & accommodation

    Non-YCS Clinical Staff

    Registration includes:

       - Special Interest Groups, Thurs 22 Aug 
       - Group Dinner, Thurs 22 Aug
       - Community of Practice Meeting,
          Fri 23 Aug
       - Flights, meals & accommodation

    COSA Delegate

    Registration includes:

       - Community of Practice Meeting,
          Fri 23 Aug



    This was my first CoP and I was impressed with the quality of the speakers.


    An absolutely wonderful and invigorating experience. So thankful for the opportunity and truly am taking away so much more than I could have expected from 1 and a half days. 


    Presentations were all relevant to my practice. Being in the same space as other AYA clinicians to share experience and ideas to improve practice.



    What is the purpose of the Meeting?

    The YCS Community of Practice Meeting is an excellent professional development opportunity for clinicians to come together in a dedicated forum that assists skill development, discussions around best practice, and research. It's an opportunity for clinicians from across the country to connect with one another with a continued focus to support AYAs diagnosed with cancer.

    Is it free to attend the Meeting?

    Yes, it is complimentary to attend. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered for all YCS staff and selected non-YCS staff.

    Who can attend the Meeting?

    The Meeting will be open to all YCS staff and selected non-YCS staff, as well as COSA delegates. 

    Who do I contact if I have any questions about the Meeting?

    Questions about the program?
    Please contact Trent Rosen from the YCS National Team trent.rosen@canteen.org.au.

    Questions about the venue, catering, transport, travel, accommodation or technical support?
    Please contact Isabella Mee from Alignment Event Solutions on isabella@alignmentevents.com.au.


    When and where is the Meeting being held?

    The Meeting is being held in person at the Novotel Sydney Darling Square from 22 - 23 August 2024.