Support and information

Help and support can help make the life of a carer easier. The availability of services may vary depending on where you live. Some services are free, but others may have a cost. Talk to the social worker at the treatment centre or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 to find out what services are available.

The services listed below may help you as a carer:

Aboriginal resources

Carer services

Cancer information


Equipment and aids

Financial assistance

Home help

  • Call your local council, talk to your palliative care team or call Cancer Council 13 11 20
  • My Aged Care

Home nursing

  • Talk to your palliative care team and/or your private health fund

Legal and financial advice and information

Palliative care

Respite care

  • Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres – 1800 052 222 during business hours, and 1800 059 059 for emergency respite

Support groups

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Support services

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Cancer Council NSW carers support services
We can offer support online, over the phone and in person. We can also link you to our practical support services and provide information on a wide range of cancer-related topics.

Cancer information

Emotions and cancer
Here are some suggestions for managing the physical effects of the diagnosis, coping with the diagnosis, as well as how to get support.

Advanced care
Advanced cancer is when cancer has spread from its original site or has come back. It may also be called secondary, metastatic or progressive cancer.

View our publications
Guides and fact sheets for people with cancer, their families and friends