The lovely Betsy Barton is our Cancer Support Coordinator at our Busselton Cancer Council WA office.
Our Cancer Support Coordinators are located both in metro and regional areas to help guide people through their cancer journey. They provide practical information, emotional support and can connect anyone affected by cancer to local services and support groups. Read on to get to know Betsy and her role as Cancer Support Coordinator.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on the psychological impact of cancer. I previously lived and worked in America, for other non-profit organisations and most recently, the University of Miami Comprehensive Cancer Center.
I have worked for Cancer Council WA as a Cancer Support Coordinator for three years now.
What does an average day as a Cancer Support Coordinator look like?
My role is to provide support to those impacted by cancer in the lower South West region. This includes emotional, practical, and financial support, as well as referrals to other organisations. Every day here is different, which is both interesting and rewarding.
What do you love most about your role?
I feel honoured to be a part of a team helping individuals and families navigate through one of the most difficult times in their lives. I love being able to provide local support to our regional clients who have often had to travel to Perth or Bunbury for treatment. They are always so appreciative of being connected with support close to home.
What kind of services can you help people in your region with?
In addition to emotional, practical and financial support, we provide complementary therapies including reflexology and reiki. Life Now programs such as yoga, meditation and tai chi are available in Busselton and Margaret River throughout the year.
What inspired you to apply for a role at Cancer Council WA?
I have always been passionate about helping people impacted by cancer so working for Cancer Council WA has been a natural fit for me. In addition to providing support, I have a strong background in cancer research and appreciate CCWA's commitment to evidence-based practice.
How can people get in touch with you? Either staff who'd like to collaborate, or external clients who may be after support.
For more information:
- You can find the closest Cancer Support Coordinator to you on our Contact Us page.
- If you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, please visit our Get support page to find out more information and support available to you.