Getting help and support

Sunday 1 January, 2017

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Support is available from a wide range of organisations and health professionals. Get in touch with Cancer Council 13 11 20 and other relevant organisations, or talk to your general practitioner (GP), oncology doctors, nurses, social workers and other health carers.

Useful organisations
Australian Human Rights Commission
1300 656 419
Receives complaints about discrimination and bullying in the workplace, and promotes fairness.
Cancer and Careers
US website providing information for employed people with cancer.
Cancer Council Legal, Financial, Small Business and Workplace Referral Services
13 11 20
Supports people affected by cancer needing advice about financial, legal, small business or workplace issues; available in most states and territories. Free for eligible clients.
Cancer Council Online Community
This online community for people affected by cancer is a safe place to connect with others about treatment, specific cancer types, carers’ issues, survivorship, and grief and loss.
Carer Gateway
1800 422 737
A national service providing practical information and resources for carers, and links with local support services.
Carers Australia
1800 242 636
National body representing Australia’s carers. Provides information, advice, support and short-term counselling.
Centrelink
132 717
Offers financial support for people with a long-term illness and for primary carers.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
1800 052 222
Offers community care services to carers.
Department of Human Services
Provides financial support and assistance to help people with cancer find and keep a job.
Fair Work Commission
1300 799 675
The national workplace tribunal. Can also hear workplace bullying claims.
Fair Work Ombudsman
13 13 94
Information on pay, National Employment Standards, leave, termination/dismissal and complaints.
JobAccess
1800 464 800
Provides information to support the employment of people with cancer.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
1300 363 992
National body investigating privacy infringements and handling privacy complaints.
Work After Cancer
Information about working during cancer treatment and returning to work after treatment.
Working Carers Gateway
A website to help people juggling work and caring responsibilities.

Reviewed by: Carolyn Butcher, Chief People and Development Officer, Thomson Geer, VIC; Karen Hall, Clinical Nurse, Cancer Services Division, Flinders Medical Centre, SA; Deborah Lawson, Legal Policy Advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, VIC; Phil Mendoza- Jones, Consumer; Jeanne Potts, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council VIC; Helen Tayler, Social Worker and Counsellor, Cancer Counselling Service, Belconnen Community Health Centre, ACT.
Updated: 01 Jan, 2017