Cancer support (including palliative care)

Support for people with cancer, their families and carers that is fully integrated with diagnosis and treatment is a priority.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

People have supportive care needs from the time that the possibility of cancer is first raised. Funding is provided to the following support programs and initiatives relevant to cancer.

Prostate cancer nurses
Breast care nurses
Breast prostheses
Resources for women with breast cancer
Support for youth cancer networks
CareSearch
COAG Improving Cancer Care initiative

Prostate cancer nurses

The prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has been funded to expand and extend the prostate cancer nurses pilot to assist and support men with prostate cancer and their families.

Breast care nurses

In order to provide vital information, care and practical and emotional support to women diagnosed with breast cancer their families and carers, the McGrath Foundation has been funded to recruit, train and place 57 breast care nurses across Australia, particularly in rural and regional areas. The remaining McGrath breast care nurses are funded through the McGrath Foundation's own fundraising efforts.

Breast prostheses

All Australian women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer may receive a reimbursement from Department of Human Services of up to $400 for both new and replacement external breast prostheses.

Resources for women with breast cancer

The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) provides comprehensive information resources to women free of charge.

Support for youth cancer networks

Through CanTeen, the Youth Cancer Services Programme aims to improve services, support and care for adolescents and young adults (aged 15 – 25 years) with cancer, and improve the coordination of services, support and care.Top of page

CareSearch

The CareSearch website, is an online resource which provides information about palliative care for patients and their families as well as for health care professionals.

COAG Improving Cancer Care initiative

The Australian Government and Victoria are leading work on the most effective cancer diagnosis, treatment and referral protocols.

Page last reviewed: March 2016