Good mental health is the foundation for the wellbeing and healthy development in every young person diagnosed with cancer.
The Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Action Board (YCAB) has prioritised highlighting the mental health needs of young people and is encouraging health services to give it equal attention to that of physical health.
"A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can have a significant impact on a young person’s mental health. Regardless of whether they are treated in adult/paediatric, metro/regional, public/private sector supporting a young person’s emotional wellbeing is as important as treating the cancer itself."
YCAB comprises twelve young people who have experienced a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15-25 years.
They represent the voice of young people, providing advice to government, the broader health and community sector on issues affecting young people.
YCAB is governed by Peter Mac and supported by the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service, reporting through to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
If you wish to connect with YCAB or ONTrac at Peter Mac send an email to: [email protected] or contact Ilana Berger, ONTrac at Peter Mac Team Leader on: (03) 8559-6880.