Living with cancer is a stressful time involving a range of emotional, social and psychological changes. Adjusting to these changes can be very challenging for patients and their families and friends. Our cancer counselling service aims to support you and your family to better adjust to some of the common challenges including:
- Managing concerns and uncertainty about the future, including fear of recurrence
- Managing stress , anxiety and depression
- Relationship issues related to a cancer diagnosis
- Body image and sexuality issues relating to a cancer diagnosis
- Work life balance
- Practical needs
- Life values
- Grief and Loss
- Self care
- Life once active treatment is complete
- Palliative care, end of life issues and bereavement support and counselling
Experienced social workers and psychologists provide a wide range of individual or group based psychosocial services and supports to help patients and their families adjust to the changes that the illness bring from diagnosis to after treatment. The service also provides information and referral to other community services as required.
Who can use this service?
The service is available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives or works in the ACT and who has been diagnosed with cancer and impacted by that diagnosis.
The service is also available to family members and caregivers of people who have been diagnosed with cancer and living in the ACT.
A bereavement service is also available for family members and caregivers of people who have died from a cancer related illness.
Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.
Phillip Community Health Centre
Belconnen Community Health Centre
This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.
Make an appointment
Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). Health professionals may also refer clients by faxing a referral form to the Community Health Intake team.
When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.
What to bring to your appointment
When the Cancer Counselling team receives your referral, they will call you to give information on where to attend your appointment and what might be helpful to bring with you.