Social work

Social Work can assist and support you and your family/carers during the period of change associated with a cancer diagnosis, and during your treatment at Peter Mac.

Being diagnosed with cancer changes your life. Your social and emotional wellbeing and that of your family/carers could be affected. 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.


  • Veteran affairs
  • Music Therapy
  • Counselling: Social Workers at Peter Mac are an important part of your health care team. They can provide counselling in:
    • Understanding and adjusting to illness
    • Change in lifestyle and planning for the future
    • Supporting communication with children or grandchildren
    • Maintaining relationships with family/carers and friends
    • Managing feelings of anxiety, grief and loss
    • Bereavement
  • Family Meetings: Social Workers can arrange a family meeting with your health care team to assist with understanding your care plan and supports required to assist this
  • Community Resources: The Social Work Department can link you with a wide range of services available in the community. These may include home support services, childcare, housing and support groups. You may require increased supports to assist on your discharge from hospital. Referrals can be made to local services which meet your specific needs.
  • Legal and Financial support: Social Workers can provide you with information about financial and legal assistance including:

Referral information

To see a social worker please speak with a member of your treating team, or contact us directly.


Social Work
Phone: 03 8559 5220 (Select option 4)
Fax: 03 8559 5239

Email: [email protected]