Further support for students and staff

If you are supporting students, parents or colleagues affected by cancer, you are not alone. Cancer Council can provide information and support, and can point you in the right direction for more specialised assistance. This page lists many different organisations that can help your school community.

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Support from Cancer Council

Cancer Council offers a range of services to support people affected by cancer, their families and friends.

Cancer Council 13 11 20 – This is many people’s first point of contact if they have a cancer-related question. Trained professionals will answer any questions you have about the situation in your school community.

Practical help – Your local Cancer Council can help people access services or advice to manage the practical impact of a cancer diagnosis. This may include access to transport and accommodation, practical assistance in the home (short-term cleaning, gardening, childminding), or legal and financial support.

Support services – It can be helpful to share experiences with other people affected by cancer. Some people join a support group. Others prefer to talk to a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience. Cancer Council can link people together by phone, in person (Cancer Connect) or through the Cancer Council Online Community. Call 13 11 20 to find out what services are available in your area.

Life after cancer It’s natural to feel a bit lost after finishing treatment. Cancer Council can provide support and information to people adjusting to life after cancer – call 13 11 20 for details.

Printed, online and audiovisual resources – Cancer Council produces easy-to-read booklets and fact sheets on more than 20 types of cancer, as well as treatment, emotional issues and recovery. All publications are developed in consultation with health professionals and consumers, and content is reviewed regularly.

School support services

Schools can access support from several different areas, including:

  • student wellbeing teams
  • learning and support teams
  • school psychologists or counsellors
  • pastoral care teams
  • learning and engagement officers or special education teams
  • staff wellbeing officers
  • health resources from your school’s education authority
  • local support networks through your school’s education authority.

Non-for-profit support organisations

Camp Quality
provides programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0–13 growing up with cancer, and their families

1300 662 267

Cancer Council
provides a wide range of support and information services for people affected by cancer 

13 11 20

supports young people aged 12–24 living with cancer, their parents, siblings and friends

1800 226 833

Carer Gateway
national service providing practical information and resources for carers and links with local support services

1800 422 737

Leukaemia Foundation
offers free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families

1800 620 420

Make-A-Wish Australia
grants wishes to young people with a life-threatening illness

1800 032 260

offers financial, emotional and educational support for children and young people aged 0–24 with cancer, as well as their families and networks

1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548)

Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia
provides a learning program for young people whose
education has been disrupted by a serious illness, professional development for teachers, and accommodation services

1300 307 642

Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia
supports seriously ill children by providing in-hospital programs, granting wishes and organising family escapes

1300 727 827

Work After Cancer
provides information about working during cancer treatment
and returning to work after treatment


Young Carers
works with the carers association in each state and territory to provide information, support and counselling for people under 26 who care for a family member with a serious illness

1800 242 636

Online cancer information

Cancer Council information
clinically reviewed information about cancer by topic and by type; PDFs and ebooks of Understanding Cancer booklets and fact sheets; links to local support groups, programs and services

Cancer Australia Children’s Cancer
information about children’s cancer by type, how to find clinical trials, and guidance about what to expect once treatment is finished from the Australian Government’s cancer control agency

Cancer Advisor
moderated by Redkite, provides links to reliable information resources about children’s cancer, support services and a place for people to share their experiences

Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS)
information about diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, finishing treatment, and survivorship

Youth Cancer Services
information about cancer, hospital-based cancer treatment and support services for young people aged 15–25

Macmillan Cancer Support
information about many aspects of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment from the leading United Kingdom cancer charity

American Cancer Society
detailed information about cancer types and topics from the largest voluntary health organisation in the United States

Workplace relations

Fair Work Ombudsman
information and advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules, including awards, entitlements and national employment standards

13 13 94

Australian Human Rights Commission
information and advice about Australia’s discrimination legislation and disability standards; investigates complaints about discrimination

1300 656 419


Cancer Council
articles, fact sheets and booklets about cancer and work for workplaces, employers and employees

13 11 20

Fundraising options

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Every May, more than a million Australians come together at
school, work, home and in their community to donate money
for cups of tea and coffee. Cancer Council uses this money for cancer research and to support those affected by cancer.

1300 65 65 85

Daffodil Day
The daffodil is a sign of hope, and Daffodil Day is a day to
remember people touched by cancer, celebrate survivorship,
hope for a brighter future and raise money to fight cancer.
Daffodil Day is held by Cancer Council every August.

1300 65 65 85

Hospital fundraisers
Many hospitals coordinate fundraising events that support
them directly.

Contact your local children’s
hospital (or general hospital
providing cancer treatment)

National Bandanna Day
Organised by CanTeen, this event sells bandannas as a
symbol of cancer’s impact on young people. It is held each
year in October.

1800 226 833

Girls’ Night In
Girls’ Night In is a fun, simple way for women to raise funds and awareness for women’s cancer research, prevention programs and support services while getting together with friends.

1300 65 65 85

Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a fun, outdoor community event where teams of 10–15 people take turns walking or running around a local oval or school campus to raise funds for Cancer Council.

1300 65 65 85

Starlight Day
Each May, the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia holds a fundraiser for children and families who live with a serious disease and need to stay in hospital.

1300 727 827

This information was last reviewed in June 2018
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