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Free Cancer Council webinar: Financial Matters – “How will I manage financially?”

28th June 2018 - Patient support

 Cancer Council NSW invites the community to register for the free online webinar on Thursday 28 June, to discuss practical strategies and support resources to help Australians affected by cancer manage their finances after treatment.

The latest webinar in Cancer Council NSW’s free series will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers Lynette Brailey (Financial Counsellor working with Cancer Council NSW), Kim Hobbs (Social Worker), and Sue Morris (Financial Advisor).

Financial stress is reported by one third of people with cancer and around a quarter of carers.

Annie Miller, Director of Cancer Information and Support Services at Cancer Council NSW said in addition to the physical impacts of cancer and its treatment, cancer patients, survivors and their families also face additional stress related to the costs of cancer, even after active treatment is complete.

“There are many different types of costs that add up during treatment and recovery. You may have health-related expenses, such as medicines, equipment and specialist fees. In addition to these costs, there can be extra costs for transport and accommodation for follow up appointments. At the same time, cancer may mean a loss of income if you or your partner need to take time off work.”

In the last financial year, Cancer Council’s Financial Assistance Program provided information, support and financial assistance to 2,750 people affected by cancer and experiencing acute financial hardship.

As part of the program, $587,052 worth of Emergency Financial Assistance was provided to 2,538 people across NSW to help with household expenses and the cost of getting to treatment. This included vouchers for food and petrol as well as help with utility bills.

To register for Cancer Council NSW’s June 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, 28 June 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:

Lynette Brailey

Lynette Brailey is the Project Coordinator for Financial Assistance Services at Cancer Council NSW. 

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.

Sue Morris

Sue started in the finance industry as a foreign exchange clerk in London over thirty years’ ago, moving through the ranks to become a financial futures trader on the London floor.  After moving to Sydney and working on the Sydney Futures Exchange, she took a break to have a family and had a career change, making bespoke jewellery for eight years.

Sue has worked as a financial adviser for five years, starting out through the career changer programme with AMP in 2013 and moving to Northern Wealth Advisory Group in 2014 when she was awarded as Hillross New Adviser of the Year. Sue believes she has the best of both worlds, combining her love of people with her love of all things financial.

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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