There can be many costs associated with cancer and its treatment. Concern, anxiety or worry about how to manage the financial impact of cancer is common and understandable. Knowing where to get support and the type of questions to ask can help survivors and their carers find a better quality of life. As Australia’s healthcare system is unique, this guide includes Australian resources only.
Information for cancer survivors and their families
- Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) fact sheet: Dealing with money, work and study (practical issues)
- Cancer Council Australia booklet: Cancer and your finances
- Cancer Council Australia booklet: The financial cost of healthcare: patient information
- Cancer Council NSW factsheet: Help with bills
- Cancer Council NSW factsheet: Dealing with debt
- CanTeen Australia: Money matters
- Centrelink: phone on 13 27 17
- Department of Health: Concessions and benefits
- Financial Counselling Australia
- Cancer Council Victoria webinar: Life management, finances and work
- Cancer Council NSW webinar: Financial Matters – How will I manage financially?
- Cancer Council Australia guideline (2020): Standard for Informed Financial Consent
Additional information for health professionals
Cancer Council Pro Bono Program: Referral information
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
If you would like to advise of any relevant services or provide feedback, please email, ACSC
Please refer to our ‘Returning to Work or Study’ section for more information and resources, including the Flinders University Work After Cancer website.
Clinical services at Peter Mac Parkville
The following services are available to patients of Peter Mac, Parkville. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.
- Social work services: Social workers can assist and provide support during and after cancer treatment
- Psychology services: Psychologists use various approaches to help people with cancer and their families adjust to the emotional and psychological challenges of cancer
Other clinical services in the Parkville precinct
The following services are available to patients of the Parkville precinct (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital). Peter Mac is also part of the Parkville precinct, with services listed separately, above. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.
- Patient Legal Service: This is a collaborative service with Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) to offer free legal information and advice to Peter MacCallum patients on-site or over the phone.