Special Services

Special Services

Breast Prostheses Services

Shop 6, 22 Garran Place
02 6285 1311

Provides breast prosthesis fittings, mastectomy bras and swimwear for women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer.

External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program
Medicare Australia
13 20 11

Provides reimbursement of up to $400 for both new and replacement external breast prostheses to all eligible women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer.

Knitted Knockers Australia (Canberra branch)

A volunteer group that provides free, hand knitted, 100% cotton breast prostheses to women who have had a mastectomy.  Available from the Canberra branch by email or directly from Knitted Knockers Australia.

Continence Services

Continence Service
ACT Health
02 6207 9977

Provides assessment and management of bladder and bowel control/incontinence as well as pelvic floor issues.

National Continence Helpline
Continence Foundation of Australia
1800 330 066

Provides free, confidential advice about bladder and bowel control, plus local referrals, brochures and product information.


People receiving treatment at any of the major hospitals in Canberra can ask to speak to a dietitian during their stay.

Community Care Nutrition Service
ACT Health
02 6207 9977

 A community based service for adults 25 years and over that offers dietary assessments, advice or counselling for a range of medical conditions, including cancer.

Nutrition and Dietetics Clinic
Faculty of Health Clinic
University of Canberra
02 6201 5843

A student led clinic that provides a range of dietary services, including for people with cancer, at a minimal cost.

Early Detection and Screening Services

BreastScreen ACT
13 20 50

Provides free mammography screening for women from the age of 40. Available at the City, Phillip and Belconnen Health Centres.

Cervical Screening

A Cancer Council website that explains the changes to the national cervical screening program.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
1800 118 868

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

National Cervical Screening Program
13 15 56

The National Cervical Screening Program.

Genetic Services

ACT Genetics Service
Canberra Hospital
Yamba Drive
02 6174 7630

Provides genetic counselling and testing for individuals and families with a family history of cancer.

NSW and ACT Hereditary Cancer Registry
Cancer Institute NSW
1800 505 644

Provides information and support to people affected by hereditary cancer, their family members who may be at risk, and their doctors in NSW and the ACT.

The Centre for Genetics Education
Contains a range of information on genetic conditions, for individuals, families and health professionals.

Lymphoedema Services

ACT Lymphoedema Service
Calvary Hospital
02 6201 6190

Provides treatment, support and education on all aspects of lymphoedema.

Pro Bono Services

Cancer Council Pro Bono Service
13 11 20

Assists people with cancer and their families with legal, financial planning, small business and workplace advice. Assistance is free for eligible clients.

Self Care Services

Casting For Recovery
0430 450 060

Provide a free fly fishing weekend retreat for women recovering from breast cancer treatment.

Cancer Rehabilitation
Faculty of Health Clinic
University of Canberra
02 6201 5843

This group exercise session focuses on improving fitness and functional ability for cancer patients and survivors. Each person will be assessed and given an exercise program based on their abilities and treatment level.

Exercise During Cancer Group
Exercise Physiology Department
Canberra Hospital
02 6244 2573

A free individualised, exercise program run by exercise physiologists for people undergoing cancer treatment or who have completed treatment. Referral can be made by a GP or specialist.

Look Good...Feel Better
1800 650 960

A two hour workshop dedicated to teaching women techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Information is available from the chemotherapy nurse or social worker at each hospital.

Mindful Moments
ACT Health
02 6205 1449

A drop in mindfulness group for people who have had or are having treatment for cancer and their family carers. Runs from Belconnen and Philip Health Centres.

Oncology Massage Limited
0416 004 616

Trains qualified therapists to massage people with a history or a diagnosis of cancer. A list of these therapists is available on their website. 

Road to Recovery
YMCA Chifley Health and Wellness Centre
9/71 MacLaurin Street
02 6281 0124

An exercise based cancer rehabilitation program designed for both cancer survivors and those who are currently undertaking cancer treatment. It is conducted in a safe community environment and run by an accredited Exercise Physiologist.

02 6281 0335

Runs Gentle yoga for recovery after serious illness or cancer treatment classes, to regain strength, flexibility and peace of mind.

Stoma Services

ACT and Districts Stoma Association
Cnr Moore and Alinga Streets
02 6205 1055

Provides support, assistance, ostomy supplies and pharmaceuticals to those with a stoma.

Wigs and Other Headwear

Cancer Council ACT Wig Service
5 Richmond Avenue
02 6257 9999

Provides wigs, turbans, hats and other headwear for sale at affordable prices. The service is open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm.

22 Garran Place
02 6285 1311

Sells a range of wigs, turbans, hats and scarves.

2/12-16 Hardwick Cres
02 6254 4403

Specialises in assisting all women who have hair loss. Sells a range of hats, turbans, berets, beanies, scarves & embellishments. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm.


Red Connect Personal Alarm Service
Australian Red Cross ACT
02 6234 7663

A service for those living alone or with a frail partner who may be at risk of accident or sudden illness that provides access to emergency help 24 hours a day every day of the year.

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

Updated February 2018