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Support for carers
There is a wide range of support available to help you with both the practical and emotional aspects of your caring role. The availability of services may vary depending on where you live. Some services are free, but others may have a cost.
Carer Gateway works with the Carers Associations in each state and territory to provide services to carers. These include short-term counselling and information on respite and other services.
Call 1800 422 737 or visit Carer Gateway.
Respite care is available to give you a break. It can be for a couple of hours, overnight or several days. You can use respite care for any reason, such as looking after your own health, visiting friends or going to appointments.
Carer Gateway provides information about respite and other support services. Call 1800 422 737 or visit Carer Gateway. Oncology social workers can also offer support and refer you to appropriate services.
Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or visit your local Cancer Council website to find out more about services for carers.
You can also find online support from other carers through the Cancer Council Online Community.
My employer has an assistance program with six free counselling sessions. I’d recommend that to anyone – just having someone to lean on and talk to is helpful.Stephen
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