Other support services

Support groups and services

Canteen supports young people aged 12-25 when cancer turns their world upside down.

Camp Quality provides respite and recreation programs for children and adolescents aged 0-13 who have cancer, and their siblings.

The Starlight Foundation aims to brighten the lives of hospitalised and seriously ill children in Australia.

Redkite is an Australian charity that supports young people and their families through cancer by providing emotional support, financial assistance and educational services.

The Bereavement Care Centre’s goals are to provide comprehensive and accessible counselling and support services for the terminally ill and their families, and for those recently bereaved.

The National Centre for Childhood Grief provides loving support in a safe place where children grieving a death can share their experience as they learn to live with its impact on their lives.

Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Beyondblue’s website for young people-information on depression, anxiety and how to help a friend.

Starlight Foundation’s web portal for 10-21 year olds with serious illness or disability to connect with each other.

Provides important information, support and contact for young people acting as carers.

AWCH is a national organisation advocating for the needs of children, young people and families within the health care system in Australia. Focusing upon the psycho-social needs of children and young people, AWCH is involved in education, advocacy, information provision, support to families and health professionals, research and consultation and is available to give talks about the special needs of children in hospital and/or AWCH Services.

A social enterprise offering a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief – whatever the cause, and whatever their age.

Provides answers to questions, information on how to help your family and friends with your illness, stories and chances to communicate with people who are affected by cancer.

A UK website aimed at 12-16 year olds who have a parent with cancer. Read stories and email in questions for a professional to answer.

Aims to be a source of “Help, Hope, Information and Inspiration” for young adult patients, survivors and caregivers coping with cancer worldwide.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. It is a UK based organisation that focuses on building teenage specific cancer units in public hospitals.

Bright Pink is a non-profit organisation in the US that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network.

Young Adult Cancer Canada is an organisation that provides a number of programs for young adult survivors and supporters, including an annual retreat, conference and Expedition to help survivors and supporters connect with others who truly understand what they are going through.

This documentary film “Chasing Rainbows – Young Adults Living With Cancer”, is a dynamic, intimate portrayal of six young people who are living with cancer.


About cancer

This website can give you more information about breast cancer specifically. BCNA works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.

This website has a list of information on all different cancers and treatments, and where to access support groups.

A UK website where you can get more information about cancer (not specifically for young people).

Cancer Research UK is the leading funder of cancer research in the UK. Their website is full of useful and up-to-date information.

Provides heaps of information about asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma and asbestos cancer.

Provides information on pleural mesothelioma and offers a number of resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer.

The Phil Morris and Mick Riley testicular cancer awareness site.

A non-profit organisation in the US that provides support and information for people affected by cancer.



Lifeline has a free online, 24-hour chat service: www.lifeline.org.au

Canteen offers free phone, email and online counselling: www.canteen.org.au

Orygen Youth Health: www.oyh.org.au

Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au

Reach Out: www.reachout.com.au

Tune In Not Out: www.tuneinnotout.com



FutureFertility: http://www.futurefertility.com.au

This is the website of the Royal Women’s Hospital reproductive health service that has information related to fertility and cancer treatment for both women and men.


Financial and legal help

Redkite is an Australian charity that supports young people and their families through cancer by providing emotional support, financial assistance and educational services.

An Australian website dedicated to providing legal information for children and young people.

Kildonan’s WeCare is a free telephone financial support information service for families with children and young people living with cancer.


Patient transport and accommodation assistance

Each Australian state and territory has a subsidy program that provides financial help towards travel and accommodation costs for people affected by cancer who have to travel long distances to access specialist medical services not available locally.
Cancer Council Australia provides links to information about the scheme in each state/territory: http://wiki.cancer.org.au/policy/Patient_travel_assistance_schemes