Practical advice and support during and after treatment.
A cancer diagnosis can be an extremely stressful and emotional time for patients, their carers and families, and financial or legal issues can carry additional, unnecessary stress. Cancer Council offers the following range of services to help you focus on your health.
Legal, financial, workplace and small business advice
Cancer Council’s Pro Bono Program provides people affected by cancer with access to free legal, financial, workplace and small business advice if they cannot afford to pay for it.
Legal referral service
Lawyers can assist with wills, powers of attorney, access to superannuation, insurance or employment disputes, or other legal issues.
Financial planning service and financial counselling
Financial planners can assist with accessing superannuation or insurance, managing debt, accessing Centrelink and managing changed financial circumstances due to a cancer diagnosis.
Workplace advisory service
Human resources advisors can provide advice in relation to flexible work arrangements, leave entitlements, disclosing your diagnosis to your employer and strategies for returning to work.
Small business advisory service
Small business accountants can provide advice to small business owners on managing disruptions to the business during treatment, managing business debt and if needed, preparing a business for sale.
How do I access these services?
Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am -5pm
Translator service available for languages other than English – Phone: 13 14 50
Or speak to a social worker at your treatment centre and they can refer you.
How you can help people affected by cancer
If you are a lawyer, financial adviser, accountant or HR professional interested in volunteering to assist people affected by cancer through our Pro Bono Program, please contact Cancer Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a law student in your penultimate year (or above) or you are looking to do your Practical Legal Training work experience placement, the Cancer Council Pro Bono Program offers volunteer legal internships. Volunteers generally work 1-2 days per week and get hands-on experience in the delivery of legal and financial planning services to disadvantaged clients.
Interested in applying? Please contact Cancer Council at email@example.com
News about our programs
Read our newsletter to hear more about the Pro Bono Program and how we help people affected by cancer.
Does your support group know their legal and financial rights?
Cancer Council may be able to arrange a speaker to come to your support group or community group to talk about legal and financial issues. Contact the Pro Bono program at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.