Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are able to continue providing critical support services to those affected by cancer in WA.
As we all continue to adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to highlight two of our services that may be particularly helpful during this time.
A cancer diagnosis can be an extremely stressful and emotional time for cancer patients, as well as their carers and families. This was the case prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and now with many changes to our daily lives, it's understandable that the impact of a cancer diagnosis has been intensified and felt by more people.
Here at Cancer Council WA, our counsellors are still available to provide emotional support to those who need it. They are currently delivering a safe and secure service via Telehealth and telephone.
How can a counsellor help?
Counselling can help you learn how to cope with emotions such as fear and anxiety, and challenges such as communication issues, isolation and adjusting to changes in family dynamics.
By sharing your thoughts and feelings with a professional counsellor, you can explore what is happening in your life. By addressing the issues that have arisen, you can discover possible solutions and help develop skills that can be incorporated into your daily life. This will in turn produce benefits such as reducing distress and anxiety, improving coping abilities and your overall wellbeing.
Counselling support is available thanks to our generous donors and supporters.
For more information, please call our cancer nurses on 13 11 20. They are available to talk between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Legal and financial support
A cancer diagnosis results in a lot of changes to a person's life, including some that may require additional legal or financial support. Cancer Council WA's Pro Bono program helps people affected by cancer access free legal, financial, small business accounting and workplace assistance, where they would be otherwise unable to do so due to the cost of such services.
Advice is provided by volunteer professionals and is free for people who can not afford to pay for it. If you don't qualify for free assistance, we can put you in touch with a professional who can assist on a paid basis. At the moment, these professionals are all delivering a safe and secure service via email and telephone.
Some examples of issues that you can be assisted with include:
- Help with writing a Will
- Appointing a power of attorney or guardianship
- Accessing superannuation and insurance
- Employment law and discrimination
- Financial planning
For more information on the Pro Bono service, including which issues you can be assisted with, see coping with legal and financial changes.
For more information about this program, please call our cancer nurses on 13 11 20. They are available to talk between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
You can also speak to a social worker at your treatment centre and they can refer you to the program.
In addition to our Pro Bono Service, online resources are also available:
- Legal and financial issues booklets and fact sheets: Downloadable PDFs with information around common legal, financial and workplace issues for people affected by cancer
- The Trusted Adviser: an online network of Australia's best financial advisers offering free financial planning and guidance advice online