Cancer care and your rights
This information is for people starting their journey through the health care system after a cancer diagnosis.
Knowing what you can reasonably expect of the health care system and your treatment team can help you work in partnership with your health care providers and take an active role in your care. This doesn’t mean you are making demands of your treatment team – rather, it’s about ensuring you have the information and support you need.
Everyone’s experience will be different depending on their individual circumstances. We hope this will help you, your family and friends find your way through the health care system.
Learn more about:
- Patient rights and responsibilities
- Health care in Australia
- Your health care team
- Deciding on specialist care
- Making treatment decisions
- Protecting your health information
- Health care complaints
- Legal, financial and workplace concerns
- Rights of carers
- Seeking support
- Questions for your doctor
Toni Ashmore, Cancer and Ambulatory Services, Canberra Health Services, ACT; Baker McKenzie, Pro Bono Legal Adviser, NSW; Marion Bamblett, Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Centre, South Metropolitan Health Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; David Briggs, Consumer; Naomi Catchpole, Social Worker, Metro South Health, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD; Tarishi Desai, Legal Research Officer, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, VIC; Kathryn Dwan, Manager, Policy and Research, Health Care Consumers Association, ACT; Hayley Jones, Manager, Treatment and Supportive Care, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, VIC; Victoria Lear, Cancer Care Coordinator, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, QLD; Deb Roffe, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Michelle Smerdon, National Pro Bono Manager, Cancer Council NSW.
View the Cancer Council NSW editorial policy.
Click below to download a PDF booklet on this topic.
Coping with cancer?
Speak to a health professional or to someone who has been there, or find a support group or forum
Need legal and financial assistance?
Pro bono services, financial and legal assistance, and no interest loans
Looking for transport, accommodation or home help?
Practical advice and support during and after treatment