Why we need to improve the mental health care of cancer patients

Posted 6 Mar 2017.

In the lead up to the election on March 11 we’re calling on the next state government to commit $350k per annum of dedicated funding for 4 years to enable improved psychological care and support to reach more West Australians.

Eminent breast cancer surgeon, Professor Christobel Saunders explains why in the video below.


Our Cancer Information and Support Services Director, Sandy McKiernan explains why mental health care is  vital to supporting West Australians affected by cancer in the video below.


How will investment from the next state government help?

Up to 40 per cent of cancer patients experience clinically-significant mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. This is why improving the management of the mental health of cancer patients is vital.

Funding from the next state government for specialist health care professionals to help meet the incredibly complex needs of cancer patients and ongoing education for cancer health professionals will help to significantly improve the overall mental health of West Australians affected by cancer.


To support a system-wide improvement, we propose the following strategies;

• Increase the state’s dedicated Clinical Liaison Psychiatry position to 0.5 FTE

• Increase funding for clinical psychology and specialist oncology social workers to meet the needs of the most complex cancer patients

• Dedicate funding to increase the capacity of the cancer workforce to improve the mental health of people living with cancer


There’s still time to sign! Please join us in calling on the next state government to make cancer a priority – it only takes 30 seconds of your time.Together, we can make a real difference.

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