The Cancer Society of New Zealand examines eating problems caused by cancer and its treatment, and offers helpful suggestions for dealing with these problems. A great resource for patients, family and friends.
Cancer Care provides information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Whilst their services are US based, their vast array of resources is available online to caregivers everywhere.
Breast Cancer Network Australia works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.
The Cancer Council links you to practical support services and provides information on a wide range of cancer-related topics. Many cancer support groups are open to carers and can offer a valuable opportunity to share experiences and ways of coping.
Jo Cook's life was overturned when she developed an eating disorder in her forties. She is now recovered and has established a support service in Tasmania for people attempting to recover from eating disorders, and for their families.
Cancer.net provides resources to people living with cancer and those who care for for them. Here you will find some helpful advice on discussing cancer with all affected by the diagnosis.
Get informed by reading the Butterfly Foundation's eating disorders and body image fact sheets. Everyone is welcome to download and share copies of these resources. Fact sheets explain the various eating disorders and suggest ways to support a friend or loved one.
The National Stroke Foundation works to support stroke survivors, their carers, families and friends. The booklet, My Stroke Journey, is a comprehensive guide for victims and their carers and the foundation's website has further resources on prevention, treatment and recovery,
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Their programs, run Australia-wide, are designed to foster strength, confidence and courage. Programs range from therapy and hospital support to camps and family retreats.
CanTeen supports young people aged 12-24who have had their worlds turned upside down by cancer. The CanTeen online community is a place where teens have 24/7 access to other young people with a similar cancer experience. The website also has great advice for parents supporting their children affected directly or indirectly by cancer.
Neuroblastoma Australia provides a support network for families affected by neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumour of childhood. Here they give some helpful suggestions for families and friends in any situation, when long hospital stays are required.
Starlight's mission is "To brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families". and they have doing this successfully for many years. If you know a child or young person that might benefit from a Starlight Wish, fill out the online form
Angel Flight Australia is a charity which coordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.
Breast care nurses are specially trained registered nurses who act as patient advocates, coordinating care for women experiencing breast cancer, their families and their carers. They provide accurate information, support and referral to services. Contact the foundation to find out if there is a nurse in your area.
The Quest for Life Foundation provides a range of residential programs and services that encourage, empower and educate people living with cancer and other serious illnesses, or who are suffering from depression, grief, anxiety, stress or trauma and for those who care for them.
The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to supporting children living with cancer, and their families.
Palliative Care Australia is the peak national organisation representing the interests and aspirations of all who share the ideal of quality care at the end of life. Their website has extensive links to services based on location and specific needs.
Livewire is an online community designed just for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. It is a safe online space where members can connect and share experiences with others who understand what they are going through.
Based at the Children's Hospital in Melbourne, ChIPS is an adolescent peer support program for young people are living with a chronic illness or condition that affects their daily lives.
Bone cancer survivor Bruce Feiler suggests phrases to avoid and ways to be helpful to a friend who has cancer.
Becky Wauchope spent an extended stay in hospital with her young son and learned the hard way, how to navigate the hospital environment and to make the best of a bad situation for her child, herself and for other family members. In the book and accompanying website, Becky shares her experiences and offers practical advice for parents and carers.
Directed at teenagers, this booklet addresses questions like What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do? How can I help? Do they even want help?
Cancer.net offers tips for the best way to support a friend through their diagnosis and treatment and on how to avoid saying the wrong thing.
Call 131120 for the Cancer Council's Helpline.
For information in a language other than English, call the Telephone Translation and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.