After treatment ends, many people worry about how they will manage the financial impact of cancer. There are many different types of costs that could add up during treatment and recovery. You may have ongoing health-related expenses, such as medicines, equipment and specialist fees. As well as 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 must take time off work. When treatment is completed, it can be difficult to know where to start. Some key financial questions are discussed in this webinar.
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 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.
Lynette Brailey is the Project Coordinator for Financial Assistance Services at Cancer Council NSW. She has been working with Cancer Council NSW for the past 3 years coordinating the State-wide financial assistance program, including emergency financial assistance and financial counselling. Lynette has worked as a Program Manager at Wesley Mission for 6 years assisting financial counsellors on a national basis, and advocating for change for people affected by financial hardship. Lynette is an accredited financial counsellor and is a member of the Financial Counselling Association of NSW (FCAN). Lynette holds a Diploma of Community Services in Financial Counsellor, Diploma in Coordinator and a Certificate IV Trainer / Assessor.