We have launched a new resource to help WA schools support students, families and staff in their communities who are affected by cancer.
Whether it's a personal diagnosis of a student or staff member, or a loved one of anyone within the school, our Cancer in the School Community resource explains how school staff can support their community throughout all stages of cancer.
In Australia, about 1,000 school-age children and more than 127,000 adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. About a third of those adults are under 60, and many will have a school-aged child.
The resource offers expert knowledge and practical advice to ensure no member of a school community has to face cancer alone.
Our CEO, Ashley Reid says the resource offers expert knowledge and practical advice to ensure no member of a school community has to face cancer alone.
"Every school is a community, a network of relationships connecting students, parents, guardians and family members with principals, teachers and other school staff. It is important to remember that each cancer journey is different and every individual navigates it in their own way. For example, some people might wish to keep details private, while others will welcome the chance to speak openly about it and are keen to make use of support."
"When anyone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, people usually want to help but may not be sure where to start. Cancer in the School Community provides guidance on the best approach for discussing cancer in and around the classroom and tips on communicating with people of all ages about cancer."
Cancer in the School Community is relevant for all primary and secondary school staff throughout Australia and may also be useful for parents, students or family members.
We want to ensure every school community is able to respond effectively and sensitively to issues that cancer may raise in the school environment, Cancer in the School Community is available for download via our website Cancer Council WA - Cancer in the classroom or schools can order free hard copies by calling us on 13 11 20.