Thanks to the generosity of the WA community, we are able to provide much-needed support to people affected by cancer in regional areas through our incredible Cancer Support Coordinators, like Hayley Tuck.
Based at our South West Cancer Support Centre - Dot's Place Bunbury, Hayley is available to speak with anyone in the region who is affected by a cancer diagnosis.
CCWA: How long have you been working for Cancer Council WA?
Hayley: Since October 2011, so about seven years!
CCWA: Tell us a little about yourself?
Hayley: I have been a Registered Nurse for nearly 30 years, married to a wonderful man, John for nearly the same time and I have three children (now men: 23, 22 and 18). Community, nurturing and building is in my blood! I previously worked in ICU, Accident and Emergency, Silverchain and Palliative Care. Just before this job I was dissecting hearts with a class of year 9 Science boys at The Lutheran College!
CCWA: What is it that you do in your role and what do you love most about it?
Hayley: I work four days a week and I assess the needs of our cancer clients, their friends and family and direct them to resources accordingly. We collaborate with more than 60 other organisations and speak with around 250 people a month. My role also provides supervision to ten volunteers to deliver a general cancer support group, child craft Christmas programs, a bereavement program, a breast cancer resource day, a peer support outreach program, fundraising activities and marketing to local organisations. I love having the opportunity to make a difference to people's outcomes.
CCWA: What kind of services can you help the people of your area with?
Hayley: Psycho-social assessment and assistance, financial assistance, practical help in home, exercise opportunities (referral into CCWA's amazing Life Now programs), emotional support, referrals to counselling, hospital resources, other supportive resources, assistance with children, transport, wig service, complementary therapy for carers, referral into support groups, information and lots of things really! We are able to help everyone in some small way.
CCWA: How can people best get in touch with you?
Hayley: People can call me on (08) 9382 9368 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also visit our South West Cancer Support Centre - Dot's Place Bunbury. Dot's Place offers a calm and welcoming environment to access services, find information about cancer or simply relax in a friendly space and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Learn more about the services we have available at Dot's Place here.
CCWA: Thanks Hayley, you're an inspiration to so many!
Looking for cancer support services near you?
We have a wide range of support services for regional West Aussies affected by cancer. To learn more visit our living in the country page or give our friendly Cancer Nurses a call on 13 11 20.
More about our Cancer Support Coordinators
We have nine Regional Cancer Support Coordinators in locations around the state, who seek to reduce the impact of cancer by providing assistance and support to anyone who is affected by a cancer diagnosis.
Our Cancer Support Coordinators understand the complexity of cancer treatment and recovery and are able to assist people to access:
- Quality information about their cancer or cancer treatment
- Appropriate emotional support for people diagnosed with cancer and their family members and friends
- Transport to treatment and suitable accommodation for people who live a long way from their treatment centre
- Services in the local community to help with practical things such as cleaning and childcare