Emotional support

Counselling Services

Better Access Initiative - Medicare

Provides Medicare subsidies for appointments with mental health specialists. Requires a referral from a GP.

Cancer Counselling Professionals

An association of private counsellors, therapists, psychologists and social workers who are trained and experienced in providing support to people affected by cancer. A list of the professionals is available on the website.

Cancer Counselling Service
ACT Health
Phillip Health Centre

Belconnen Health Centre
02 5124 9977

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

Cancer Support Service
ACT Health
Canberra Region Cancer Centre
02 6174 8444

Social workers and psychologists provide practical, emotional and crisis support to cancer patients and their carers attending the Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

Catholic Care Canberra and Goulburn
57 Hicks Street
02 6162 6100

Provides quality 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
1300 364 277

Offers a wide range of relationship counselling services for individuals, couples and families. 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.

Cancer Support Groups

Cancer support groups offer a safe place for people with cancer to talk with others who have had similar experiences. Support groups may offer emotional, social and some practical support as well as information on cancer and related issues. Each support group is unique in what they provide.

Cancer Council Support Groups

Cancer Council Telephone Support Groups
1300 755 632

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

Other Cancer Support Groups

There are a range of support groups operating in the ACT that are not run by Cancer Council ACT. These groups are either led by community members and /or health professionals and the views expressed by these support groups are the views of the support groups and are not necessarily those of Cancer Council ACT. Below is a list of support groups that have provided contact details to Cancer Council ACT. We recommend you contact the group directly to decide whether it may be suitable for your needs.

Brain Tumour Support Group
Brain Tumour Alliance Australia
1800 857 221

A Canberra based support group for brain tumour patients, carers, family and friends. Meets monthly, please call to confirm time and location.

Canberra NET Support Group
Unicorn Foundation
1300 287 363

A support group for people with neuroendocrine tumours (NET) and/or their family members and carers. Meets once a month in Canberra. Please contact NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia for more details.

Lung Cancer Telephone Support Group
Lung Foundation
1800 654 301

A telephone support group open to people with any stage of lung cancer. It meets three times a month.

Melanoma Patients Australia Virtual Support Group
Melanoma Patients Australia
1300 88 44 50

A support group for people with melanoma, their families and friends.

Online Blood Cancer Support groups
Leukaemia Foundation
1800 620 420

New online Blood Cancer Support Groups offer a place for people affected by blood cancers to chat to others with a blood cancer, share their story, exchange information and learn healthy coping strategies.

Prostate Cancer Support Group - ACT Region Inc.
02 6290 1984

Provides support to men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families through personal contacts, coffee mornings and monthly meetings which are open to all. Visit the website or call for more information and meeting times.

Younger Women's Cancer Support Group ACT and Surrounding Region

A group created to support younger women when they face challenges affected by a cancer diagnosis.

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
Pearce Community Centre
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 Cancer Council telephone peer support service that puts people in touch with others who have had a similar cancer experience.

Cancer Council Online Community

Cancer Council Online Community is 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

Cancer Specialist Nurses
Canberra Region Cancer Centre

Adolescents and young adults and sarcoma
02 5124 5788

Advanced breast cancer
02 5124 3896

Early breast cancer
02 5214 8508

Gastrointestinal cancer
02 5124 5269

Gynaecological, brain and CNS cancers
02 5124 4416

Haematological cancers
02 5124 3447

Head and neck cancers
02 5124 3446

Lung cancer & mesothelioma
02 5124 3895

02 5124 8520

Melanoma and skin cancer
02 5124 8500

Prostate cancer
02 5124 3897

Urological cancers
02 5124 5964

Specialist 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

02 8914 9997

A program that realises the dreams of people living with metastatic cancer.

Leukaemia Foundation
02 6215 7000

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


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

Updated September 2021

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