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The Kid's Help Line on 1800 55 1800

The Cancer Council's Cancer Help Line: 13 11 20

or Lifeline on 13 11 14

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There are many organisations who can provide you with more information and assistance regarding you mum's cancer. We have listed some of these organisations below. If you know of an organisation which we could add to this list, please contact us.

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CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer
CanTeen is a national peer support organisation for young people (aged 12-24 years) living with cancer, this includes Patients, Siblings and Offspring.

CanTeen provides an opportunity for you to spend time with other people your own age who are in the same situation you are with a parent or primary care giver living with cancer.

The touchstone of CanTeen is that through meeting and talking with other young people who have "been there, done that", you are better able to cope with the uncertainties of a cancer diagnosis in your family. CanTeen provides a range of activities for you to do this through camps, weekends, workshops and outings.

Level 13,
130 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone 1800 226 833
Facsimile 61 2 9299 6322

The Cancer Council's Cancer Helpline
The Cancer Helpline is a free, confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory. Specially trained staff can answer questions about all aspects of cancer, including prevention, early detection, and treatment. They can also assist with practical and emotional support and advise callers about specific services appropriate to their needs and location. Call The Cancer Council's Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 (cost of a local call from anywhere in Australia) between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some states have extended hours, some have health professionals on staff, and some have multilingual services.

Telephone 13 11 20

The Cancer Council Australia
GPO Box 4708, Sydney NSW 2001
Level 5, Medical Foundation Building
92-94 Parramatta Road
Camperdown NSW 2050

Telephone 61 2 9036 3100
Facsimile 61 2 9036 3101

Cancer Australia
Canberra office
Street address:
Level 1, 16 Marcus Clarke St, CANBERRA ACT
Address for correspondence:
PO Box 1201, DICKSON ACT 2602

Telephone: 02 6217 9823
Fax: 02 6217 9844
Telephone 61 2 6217 9823
Fax 61 2 6217 9844

Sydney office
Street address:
Level 1, Suite 103, 355 Crown Street, SURRY
Address for correspondence:

Telephone: 02 9357 9400
Fax: 02 9357 9477
Telephone 61 2 9357 9400
Fax 61 2 9357 9477

Kids Help Line
24 hour telephone and online counselling for children and young people in Australia
PO Box 376
Red Hill QLD 4059

Telephone 61 7 3369 1588
Facsimile 61 7 3367 1266

Reach Out!

Reach Out! is a place online that helps young people get through tough times. It provides helpful information, support on a range or issues plus a database of services and interactive features.

Reach Out! Website

Young Carers, The Cancer Council Australia
Eight week telephone support program for teenagers aged 12-18 with a mum or dad with cancer. Gives young people the chance to speak to other young carers. Learn ways of coping with day-to-day life; can support others in the same situation.
153 Dowling Street
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
National Cancer Helpline 13 11 20

Telephone 61 2 9334 1755
Facsimile 61 2 9334 1739
Non-profit search engine for kids - online brochure from the National Cancer Institute provides information on the disease itself, treatment options, and the way in which cancer affects families.


Beyond Blue
Website - Community awareness campaign designed to reduce the stigma associated with depression and to promote help-seeking behaviour
50 Burwood Road
PO Box 6100
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Telephone 61 3 9810 6100
Facsimile 61 3 9810 6111

National Centre for Childhood Grief
Support centre for grieving children aged 3-18, and those who are part of their lives. Provides education and training for individuals and other organisations handling grief, individual / group counselling, parent groups.
PO Box 327
Epping NSW 1710

Telephone 1300 654 556

National Association For Loss and Grief (NALAG) Support Group
PO Box 79
Turramurra NSW 2074
Telephone 61 2 9988 3376

Bereavement Care Centre
Specialises in bereavement counselling on a short or long term basis
14 Hollis Avenue
Eastwood NSW 2122

Telephone 61 2 9804 6909 or 1300 654 556
Facsimile 61 2 9804 6909

A website helping people to deal with depression


24 hour telephone helpline
Telephone 13 11 14

Commonwealth Carelink Centre
Carer Support
Telephone 1800 052 222


Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre
Carer Support
Telephone 1800 242 636

Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre
Carer Support
Telephone 1800 059 059

Now What - a website for young people living with cancer -
Now What is a website for young people dealing with cancer (young people who have cancer, have a sibling, parent or friend with cancer, or whose sibling, parent or friend has died from cancer).

It provides young people information, support and connection. Information ranges from cancer types and treatment, to coping strategies for dealing with grief and loss. It also has a community available for young people to discuss issues, and the site contains many stories, so young people can find others in the same situation and understand they are not alone.
Health professionals can also order resources to give young people in their care living with cancer. Young people have been extensively involved in the development of this site, and it is proudly brought to young people by CanTeen - the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer.

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