Adolescents and young adults

Cancer and its treatment can change the life of a young person. After finishing treatment, you may find these resources and information helpful as you move forward.




ONTrac at Peter Mac

Cancer Council

Cancer Council web pages and booklets:


  • Elephants and Tea: Website and online magazine written for and by adolescent and young adults patients (15 – 39 years) (US)
  • Sleep and young people (Headspace): sleep myths, truths and tips for young people specifically
  •  ReachOut: information for young people on topics such as identity, bullying, mental health, relationships, study, work and money, along with recommended tools and apps
  • Tune in not out: videos and factsheets for young people about dealing with life’s challenges and other aspects of health and wellbeing
  • Future fertility: an oncofertility service with fact sheets for young people on various topics relating to fertility and sex


  • 25StayAlive: An engaging, filter-free podcast educating and inspiring young people to be proactive with their health
  • Life on Pause (USA): a monthly podcast for and by young adults living with cancer

Support services

  • Cancer Council 13 11 20: Free telephone service managed by cancer nurses providing information, emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer
  • Canteen: Counselling and individual support, peer support and programs, Canteen Connect (online community)
  • Youth Cancer Services (YCS): each Australian state has a team of health care professionals specialising in the cancer treatment and care of young people aged 15-25 that you can contact for help and advice (ONTrac at Peter Mac is the YCS for Victoria)
  • Redkite: Support for young people (up to 19th birthday) and their families during and after treatment
  • Headspace: Free online and telephone support and counselling for 12 – 25 year olds, their families and friends
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636: online and 24/7 telephone counselling support, and Youth Beyond Blue: information and support for young people about dealing with low mood/depression, anxiety and other concerns
  • Australian Psychologist Society: Find a psychologist in your local area  
  • Lifeline 13 11 14: Online support services, 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention
  • Kids Helpline: youth-specific, age-based information about many topics relating to identity, physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, relationships, study and dealing with life’s challenges
  • Gather my Crew: a web-based tool for setting up a support crew for yourself or someone else  
  • The Christina Ghobadi Foundation: Wellness grants for young people (18 – 30 years) living with or recovering from cancer (requires health professional referral). Grants of up to $500 can be used for gym memberships, yoga classes, books, tickets to sporting events and more.
  • Centrelink: a range of payments or other benefits may be available for young people and their carers  

Group programs

  • ONTrac at Peter Mac: free group programs for young people aged 15-25, during and after treatment; including study and work skills, visual arts, exercise, and post-treatment health & wellbeing

The information on this page has been endorsed by the Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Action Board (YCAB), a 12-member board of young people who advise and guide the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service and the Victorian Government on youth related cancer programs and initiatives.