Issues and concerns for carers, families and friends



Cancer Education

Going through cancer and its treatment can be a worrying time. So too can being a carer or caregiver. A carer or caregiver can include any person who provides support. This includes partners, family members, relatives, or friends. Feelings of concern or questions about the impact of cancer are common and understandable. Knowing where to get support and the type of questions to ask can help those caring for someone with cancer find a better quality of life.

Information for carers, friends and families 



Clinical services at Peter Mac Melbourne campus 

The following services are available to Peter Mac patients in Melbourne. You may have different clinical service options if you are being treated elsewhere. Please speak with your oncology team. 

  • Social work services: Social workers can provide counselling and support. They can advocate on behalf of you and the person you’re caring for. They can also offer practical advice and referrals to community services. 
  • Spiritual care services: Spiritual care draws on respect, trust and understanding. It delivers a compassionate, listening presence. This presence adds to your spiritual and emotional health and wellbeing. 
  • Carers Circle: These weekly sessions are a safe and supportive space. Connect with other carers and share experiences of caring for someone with cancer. 
  • The Wellbeing Centre: The Wellbeing Centre is on Level 1 of the Peter Mac Melbourne building. It is a gathering place for patients, their families and carers.  It offers a variety of programs, services and education opportunities. 
  • Cancer Wellness Program: These sessions are a free education and support program for people affected by cancer. They are for those who have completed cancer treatment and are living with and beyond cancer. It welcomes carers, partners, and family members. The sessions are hosted by the ACSC and Cancer Council Victoria twice per year. Visit the ACSC cancer survivors and carers events page for upcoming dates. 

Other clinical services in the Parkville precinct 

Peter Mac is part of the Parkville precinct. This precinct includes Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital. If you would like to tell us of any relevant services or leave feedback, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you are being treated elsewhere you may have different clinical service options. Please speak with your oncology team.