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Free Cancer Council webinar: Caring for the Carer

23rd April 2018 - Patient support


Residents are invited to register for Cancer Council NSW’s free online webinar on Thursday, 26 April to discuss the needs of carers of people affected by cancer.  

About 12 per cent of Australians are unpaid family carers who provide care to someone with a disability or illness. The role of a carer can be demanding, with many needing to balance caring with other responsibilities such as work, family or study – and carers can experience increased feelings of stress and anxiety as they try to manage both their own needs and those of the person they are caring for.

The latest webinar in Cancer Council NSW’s free series will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers Kim Hobbs (social worker), John Friedsam (General Manager of Divisions at Canteen Australia) and a carer, who will talk about their personal experience of caring for a loved one diagnosed with cancer. The panel will discuss ways that carers can look after their own wellbeing, tips on how to manage the responsibility of their role and advice on how to access support services.

Cancer Support Services Director, Annie Miller said that it is important to consider the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the carer and offer support to meet their needs.

“A cancer diagnosis has far-reaching impact, affecting not only the person diagnosed, but also their family and friends. We want to ensure carers are well supported to deal with the physical and emotional demands of their caring role.

“Without access to support, carers can easily become isolated. Our webinar aims to provide some practical tips on navigating the experience of cancer while balancing the demands of caring, family, work and your own needs,” said Ms Miller.

Cancer Council NSW also offers a range of services to support the role of carers, including practical support like Transport to Treatment as well as legal and financial support and access to support groups online, in-person and over the phone.

“We recognise that carers have a vital and challenging role and it is important for them to take the time to share their ways of coping and experiences with other carers,” said Ms Miller.

To register for Cancer Council NSW’s April webinar, watch previous webinars or find out about other upcoming Cancer Council NSW webinars, visit:

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Notes to Editor:

Cancer Council NSW’s webinar will air live on Thursday, 24 April from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (AEST). The webinar is open to people of any age who have been affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member, carer or health professional. Participants can log on from any device anywhere around Australia.

When registering, and during the live discussion, participants are invited to submit questions, some of which will be discussed during the last 15 minutes of the webinar. A link to the recorded webinar and other supporting resources will also be emailed to all registrants following the live event. 

Guest Speakers:

Kim Hobbs

Kim Hobbs holds a Masters degree in Social Work and has a long career in oncology social work; currently working at Westmead Hospital in the Department of Gynaecological Oncology.

Building upon a solid base of clinical care, Kim advocates for improved psychosocial support services for all people with cancer and their families, friends and caregivers. She believes that psychosocial care should be an integral component of comprehensive cancer care for throughout treatment and recovery.

Kim has been involved in the development of educational resources for both clinicians and consumers.

John Friedsam

John is the General Manager of Divisions at Canteen Australia. For the Past 14 years, John has specialised in psycho-oncology service provision and management.

John is passionate about developing and delivering evidence-based, sustainable supportive care, counselling and group work services to cancer patients and their families.

John’s work has concentrated on the impact of cancer on families, cancer communications and familial adjustment to cancer – most recently on adolescents and young adults who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis or that of a family member, or are bereaved due to a cancer-related death.

About Cancer Council:

Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer-free future every day.

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