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:
- Cancer Council NSW
- Cancer Australia
- Hospital or treatment centre
- American Cancer Society
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Cancer Council NSW
- National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP)
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
- Better Access initiative
- Kids Helpline
Equipment and aids
- Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or talk to your palliative care team
- My Aged Care
- Talk to your palliative care team and/or your private health fund
Legal and financial advice and information
- Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres – 1800 052 222 during business hours, and 1800 059 059 for emergency respite
Tina Chivende, Social Worker, Cancer Psychosocial Service, Canberra Region Cancer Centre, ACT; Gabrielle Asprey, Telephone Support Group Facilitator, Cancer Council NSW; Dr Ben Britton, Senior Clinical and Health Psychologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital, and Conjoint Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, NSW; Valmai Goodwin, Psychologist, Cancer Counselling Service, Cancer Council QLD; Karen Hall, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Zoe Mitchell, Senior Social Worker, Palliative Care, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Amber Rose, Consumer; Carolina Simpson, Policy and Development Officer, Carers NSW.
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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
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