Emotional Support

Emotional Support

Cancer Support Groups

ACT Brain Tumour Network
0404 255 156

A network of people from Canberra and the surrounding districts with an interest in all types of brain tumours (central nervous system tumours). The network includes health professionals, brain tumour patients, their families and caregivers - past and present. Meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11am at the Southern Cross Club Woden. Please email or call to confirm.

Canberra Blood Cancer Education and Support Group
Leukaemia Foundation
John James Village
Rusden Street
02 6286 9954

A support group for people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma or a related blood condition. Meets each month on a Tuesday. Please call the Leukaemia Foundation for more details before attending for the first time.

Cancer Council Telephone and Internet Support Groups
1300 755 632

A range of facilitated telephone and internet support groups run by Cancer Council. Call, email or visit the website for a list of current groups.

Cancer of the Lung and Mesothelioma Support Group
Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Yamba Drive
02 6244 3895
02 6257 9999

A facilitated support group for people with cancer of the lung or mesothelioma and/or their families and friends. Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 10am-12pm. This group is co-facilitated by Cancer Council ACT.

Corpus Christi Cancer Support Group
Parish Centre
167 Bugden Avenue
02 6291 6688

A gathering of people who come together out of a common need to share, discuss and gain information and support regarding this major event in their lives. The group meets February, April, June, August, October and December. Call for more information.

Lung Foundation Lung Cancer Telephone Support Group
1800 654 301

A telephone support group open to people with any stage of lung cancer and facilitated by the Lung Cancer Support Nurse. It meets three times a month.

Melanoma Patients Australia Canberra Support Group
Canberra Southern Cross Club
Corinna St
0421 049 252

A support group for melanoma patients their families and friends that provides information, support and fun. It meets once a month, please call for more details.

OvCan (ACT and Region)
Robertson Room
St John’s Parish Hall
43-47 Constitution Avenue
0450 962 058 or 02 6101 6742

Aims to raise the awareness of ovarian cancer, to provide information on ovarian cancer to the community and medical profession and to support people affected by the disease. Meets the first Wednesday of each month, from 7.30pm–9.00pm.

Prostate Cancer Support Group - ACT Region Inc.

The group comprises men who are survivors of prostate cancer, their partners and other people who are interested in prostate health. It provides support to men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families through personal contacts and monthly meetings which are open to all. The above link to their website provides information about the group, its activities and contact persons.

St Gregory’s Parish Cancer Support Group
St Gregory’s Parish Centre
47 Lowe Street
02 6297 1912

A self help group who share experiences, questions, information and concerns with one another. Participation is at a level each individual finds comfortable. The group meets for lunch at 12:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month - please call first before attending.

Other Cancer Support

ACT Specialist Breast Care Nurses
Calvary Hospital
02 6201 6944

Offer support and referral for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Patients may be referred by specialists, GPs or by self referral.

Bosom Buddies
0406 376 500

A group of women who have all experienced breast cancer and who are committed to supporting women from the time of diagnosis through treatment.

Cancer Connect
Cancer Council ACT
13 11 20

A telephone peer support service that puts people in touch with others who have had a similar cancer experience. This is a Cancer Council service.

 Cancer Council Online Community

An online platform for people affected by cancer to connect, share experiences and find information and support in a safe forum.

Cancer Council ACT Education Programs
Cancer Council ACT
02 6257 9999

Cancer Council ACT runs free education programs and forums for people with cancer, and their family and friends. They cover a range of topics including cancer and its treatments, living with cancer, survival skills and how to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

Leukaemia Foundation
02 6286 9954

Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and related blood disorders and their families.

Cancer Specialist Nurses
Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Yamba Drive

Adolescents and young adults/sarcoma
02 6174 5788
Advanced breast cancer
02 6244 3896
Gastrointestinal cancer
02 6174 5269
Gynaecological, brain and CNS cancers
02 6244 4416
Haematological cancers
02 6244 3447
Head and neck cancers
02 6244 3446
Lung cancer & mesothelioma
02 6244 3895
02 6174 8520
Melanoma and skin cancer
0481 003 803
Prostate cancer
02 6244 3897
Urological cancers
02 6174 5964

Specialised nurses who help people diagnosed with cancer navigate their way through the health care system. They can provide information and education and are a point of contact when you are not sure who to turn to for assistance.

The Cancer Support Group
21 Cooma Street
02 6297 1261

Provides mainly financial support and information to cancer patients. Occasional provision of family outings for those going through cancer.

Counselling Services

ACT Community Health
02 6207 9977

Provides social work, counselling and psychology services to ACT residents. Social work services are also provided through the major hospitals see Treatment Facilities for contact details.

Cancer Counselling Service
Phillip Health Centre
Cnr Corinna and Keltie St

Belconnen Health Centre
56 Lathlain St
02 6207 9977

Provides free psychological, social and practical support and counselling for adult cancer patients, their families and carers.

Catholic Care Canberra and Goulburn
42 Canberra Avenue
02 6295 4300

Provides quality support and counselling services to the Canberra community.

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800

Anonymous, confidential telephone and online counselling for young people aged from 5 to 18 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lifeline Canberra
13 11 14

A free telephone counselling and support service available to people of all ages, 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Mensline Australia
1300 78 99 78

A national telephone support service for men with family or relationship concerns. Also available to women or family members concerned about a male family member. It provides a confidential counselling service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Relationships Australia (Canberra and Region)
02 6122 7100 or 1300 364 277

A community-based not-for-profit organisation providing relationship support services to couples, familes and individuals. Services are for all members of the community, regardless of religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.

Social Work and Psychology Department
Calvary Hospital
02 6201 6111

Provides counselling services for people affected by cancer who are inpatients of Calvary Health Care.

Inclusion of a service in the directory does not imply endorsement of the service by Cancer Council ACT.

Updated November 2016