Social Work

We understand that a cancer diagnosis is a period of change. This change can continue through your treatment with us. We are here to help. Our Social Work can help support you, your family, and carers during this period

Being diagnosed with cancer changes your life. Cancer can affect your social and emotional wellbeing and that of your family and carers. You may experience feelings of isolation, anxiety, or fear. These feelings may also affect your family and social relationships. You may feel overwhelmed by the changes in your home/work life that can occur when dealing with cancer. Our Social Work service is here to help.

Social Work services 

Veteran affairs  

We offer support to veterans and war widows providing up-to-date information about entitlements and access to services. 

Visit our Veteran Affairs webpage for more information 

Music therapy 

Music therapy may help reduce your experiences of pain, breathlessness, sleeplessness or anxiety. Our music therapy service is free. If you would like to access our music therapy service, your specialist or a member of your treating team can organise a referral. 

Visit our Music Therapy webpage for more information 


Our counsellors and social workers are an important part of your healthcare team. They can help you to:  

  • Understand and adjust to your illness 
  • Help you make lifestyle changes and plan your future  
  • Support your communication with children or grandchildren 
  • Help maintain relationships with family, carers, and friends 
  • Manage your feelings of anxiety, grief, and loss 
  • Help with bereavement

Community resources 

Our social workers have access to a wide community network. They can help link you with community services. You may also need increased support to help on your discharge from hospital. We can make referrals to local services which meet your specific needs. These may include: 

  • Home support services 
  • Childcare 
  • Housing  
  • Support groups

Family meetings 

Our social workers can arrange for your health care team to meet your family. They can help with understanding your care plan and supports needed to help this.

Legal and financial support  

Our social workers can supply you with financial and legal aid information. This information includes: 

Social Work referral information 

Please speak with a member of your treating team or contact us to see a social worker. 

Social Work contact 

  • Phone: (03) 8559 5220 (Select option 4)  
  • Fax: (03) 8559 5239  
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Social Work resources