Resources for Patients & Carers

A cancer diagnosis has widespread effects. As health professionals, we tend to focus on the medical aspects which can leave patients and their carers with unmet supportive care needs.
The scientific literature clearly identifies areas where support is lacking.  A systematic review conducted by Harrison et al. states that “the most frequently reported unmet needs were those in the activities of daily living domain (1–73%), followed by psychological (12–85%), information (6–93%), psychosocial (1–89%) and physical (7–89%)”.

Furthermore, these needs extend beyond the period of active treatment, into the survivorship and/or palliative stages. (REF)

Patient Education Aids:

 

Cancer Directory

The Cancer Directory is managed and maintained by Cancer Council NSW. It provides resources in print, audiovisual and electronic formats.

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Diverse Languages & Cultures

Australia is a multicultural and diverse nation. Approximately 25% of people living in Australia were born overseas and 25% speak a language other than English at home.(S, T)

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GP's Guide to Centrelink Forms

This guide provides information about a range of paperwork that general practitioners complete regularly and allows them to be more efficient and the patient to have an accurately completed piece of paperwork for the purpose required.

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Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

Information for health professionals

Optimal cancer care pathways outline the best cancer care for specific tumour types.

The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis.

Each pathway identifies specific points and recommended care at each stage. Both detailed and quick reference guides have been developed for a wide range of tumour types.

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