Getting help and support

Support is available from a wide range of organisations and health professionals. Get in touch with Cancer Council 13 11 20 and other relevant organisations, or talk to your general practitioner (GP), oncology doctors, nurses, social workers and other health carers.

Useful organisations and resources


Australian Human Rights Commission

1300 656 419

Receives complaints about discrimination and bullying in the workplace, and promotes fairness.

Cancer Council Legal, Financial and Workplace Referral Services

13 11 20

Program that can connect people affected by cancer with a legal, financial or workplace professional (or in some states to a small business accountant). Advice is free for eligible clients.

Cancer Council Online Community


A safe place for people affected by cancer to connect about treatment, carers’ issues and survivorship.

Cancer Council’s podcast series

The Thing About Cancer, Cancer Council’s podcast series, provides information and insights for anyone affected by cancer.

Carer Gateway

1800 422 737

Provides practical information and resources for carers, and links to local support services, including respite care.

Carers Australia

1800 242 636

National body representing Australia’s carers. Carers Australia works with the Carers Association in each state and territory to provide information, advice, support and short-term counselling to carers.


132 717

Offers financial support for people with a long-term illness and for primary carers.

Department of Human Services

Provides financial support and assistance to help people with cancer find and keep a job.

Fair Work Commission

1300 799 675

The national workplace tribunal. Can also hear workplace bullying claims.

Fair Work Ombudsman

13 13 94

Information on pay, National Employment Standards, leave, termination/dismissal and complaints.


1800 464 800

Provides information and assistance to support the employment of people with disability, including cancer. Administers the Employment Assistance Fund to help with work-related equipment, modifications and services for employees with disability.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

1800 800 110

Provides supports and services for people with a permanent and significant disability.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

1300 363 992

National body investigating privacy infringements and  handling privacy complaints.

Work after Cancer

Australian information about working during and after cancer treatment.


Cancer and Careers (US)

Provides information for employed people with cancer.

Cancer & Work (Canadian) 

Provides information about working after a diagnosis of cancer and returning to work.

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Instructions for downloading and reading EPUB files

Apple devices

The iBooks application must be installed on your Apple device before you can read the EPUB.
Different ways to download an EPUB file to your Apple device:

  • email EPUB files to yourself and transfer the attachment to iBooks.
  • copy EPUB files into DropBox (or a similar service) and use the DropBox app to send them to iBooks.
  • open EPUB files directly from Mobile Safari and open them in iBooks, where they are saved automatically by downloading the EPUB from the website.

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To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
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Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

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Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit
For more information on accessing a PDF on your Kindle™, visit, log in to your account and click on Personal Document Settings.
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Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.

This information was last reviewed in November 2019
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