CCWA: How long have you been working for Cancer Council WA?
Hayley: Since October 2011, so about 7 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 4 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 10 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.