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 Cancer Council 13 11 20 or talk to your palliative care team
  • 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

This information was last reviewed in September 2017.
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Support services

Support for carers
Cancer Council NSW offers carers support online, over the phone and in person and can link you to our practical support services, including support groups for bereaved carers

Need legal and financial assistance?
Pro bono services, financial and legal assistance, and no interest loans

Cancer information

Emotions and cancer
Suggestions for coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as how to get support

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