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 in your area.
The services listed below may help you as a carer.
|Resources include the Aboriginal Carers Support Guide, the Koori Carer Yarning Resource Manual and the Looking After Ourselves Carer Support Resource.|
|Practical information, resources and support for carers.|
|Carer Help||Includes resources and information on five pathways that may be experienced when caring for someone approaching end of life.|
|National body representing carers to the Australian Government. Provides information and advocacy.|
|Support and information for young people aged under 25 who are caring for someone who is ill. Run by state and territory Carers Associations.|
|Cancer Council produces easy-to-read booklets and fact sheets on more than 25 types of cancer,
treatment options, and emotional and practical issues.
|Cancer Council podcasts||Information and insights for anyone affected by cancer. Includes a separate series about advanced cancer.|
|Detailed information about cancer types and topics from a health organisation in the US.|
|Information about cancer from Australian Government cancer control agency.|
|May host workshops or discussions about cancer, treatments and side effects.|
|Information about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment from a leading UK cancer charity.|
|Referrals to counselling services, as well as peer support programs. Can connect online, by phone or in person.|
|Australian Psychological Society||Use the “Find a Psychologist” search to look for a practitioner in your area.|
|Information about Medicare rebates for mental health services.|
|24-hour telephone counselling service; online and email counselling also available.|
|Carer Gateway Counselling Service||Free counselling service for carers; available each day 8am–6pm.|
|Counselling and support services to support all Australians who have experienced a loss.|
|Telephone and online counselling service and crisis support for young people aged 5–25.|
|24-hour telephone crisis support and suicide prevention service; online chat service in the evening.|
|Suicide Call Back Service||24-hour telephone and online crisis support for anyone affected by suicide.|
Equipment and aids
Offer advice on a range of products and services to help with aspects of day-to-day living, including mobility, sleeping, eating and transport.
Offers financial support for people with a long-term illness and for primary carers.
|Call your local council, talk to your palliative care team or call Cancer Council 13 11 20||Some local councils provide a range of community and in-home services, such as Meals on Wheels or respite care. The palliative care team can organise home help, or contact Cancer Council to find services in your local area.|
|Provides information about different types of aged care services, eligibility and service providers.|
|Talk to the palliative care team and/or the private health fund||Home nursing can be organised as part of palliative care. Private services are also available.|
Legal and financial advice and information
|Cancer Council’s Legal and Financial Referral Program
13 11 20
|Referral service for people affected by cancer who need professional advice about legal or financial issues. Free for eligible clients.|
|Financial Counselling Australia||Information about financial counselling and help to find a qualified counsellor in your area.|
|Evidence-based website that provides palliative care information and links to services for people affected by cancer, as well as resources for health professionals.|
|Information and resources; includes links to local palliative care organisations.|
|Carer Gateway||Provides information about respite services, including emergency respite care.|
|An online discussion forum where people can connect with each other at any time, ask or answer questions, or write a blog of their experiences.|
|It can help to meet with others who understand what it is like to care for someone with cancer.
Many people find that they benefit from the close
bonds with others.
Telephone support groups 13 11 20
|Includes groups for people with advanced cancer, for carers and for the bereaved.|
Download a PDF booklet on this topic.
Dr Laura Kirsten, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Nepean Cancer Care Centre, NSW; Mary Bairstow, Senior Social Worker, Cancer Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Anne Booms, Nurse Practitioner – Supportive and Palliative Care, Icon Cancer Centre Midland, WA; Dr Erica Cameron-Taylor, Staff Specialist, Department of Palliative Care, Mercy Hospice, Calvary Mater Newcastle, NSW; Tracey Gardner, Senior Psychologist, Cancer Counselling Service, Cancer Council Queensland; Louise Good, Cancer Nurse Consultant, WA; Verity Jausnik, Senior Policy Officer, Carers Australia; David Larkin, Cancer Supportive Care Manager, Canberra Region Cancer Centre, Canberra Hospital and Health Service, ACT; Kate Martin, Consumer; John McMath, Consumer; Simone Noelker, Physiotherapist and Wellness Centre Coordinator, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, VIC; Tara Redemski, Senior Physiotherapist – Cancer Care, Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD; Dean Rowe, Consumer; Chris Sibthorpe, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland.
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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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