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    Navigating finances – using insurance during cancer

    If you’re facing cancer, navigating insurance entitlements might not be on your radar. We’ve found some resources that could help you understand the various insurance entitlements out there and how you can access them. Have we missed something? If there is a finance question you need answered, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will do what we can to answer it for you. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on finances and cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Transport and accommodation assistance NSW

    The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) is a NSW Government initiative.  Designed to help isolated patients, IPTAAS offer financial assistance towards transport and accommodation costs.  This is for patients who need to travel long distances for specialist medical treatment that is not available locally. To be eligible to claim through IPTAAS you must meet the following criteria: Be a resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island Hold a Medicare card Live more than 100km from the nearest treating specialist or your combined trips to and from the specialist exceeds 200km/week Specialist treatment not available locally Ineligible for any other Read more [...]

  • Financial checkups after childhood cancer

    Childhood cancer survivors need financial checkups as adults. The US website Marketwatch explains that in addition to health checkups, cancer survivors will need financial checkups post treatment too. The article referenced a study published by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in New York City. The study included almost 3,000 long-term paediatric cancer survivors aged between 18 and 65. “More than half said they were worried about paying for care and one-third said finances kept them from seeking medical care. (They were, on average, 23 years from their diagnosis and all had been treated at St. Jude.)”     Beyond the impact that Read more [...]

  • Australian Government: Social work services

    The social work services webpage outlines the services provided by Centrelink social workers. They can provide information on Centrelink matters and payments including crisis payment, bereavement payment and allowance while also providing short-term counselling. The website is broken up into these sections: How we help Who we help How to contact a social worker Trained and qualified Your privacy Manage your money Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on support services, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Medicare Rebates: Better Access to Mental Health Care

    Cancer patients could be eligible for Medicare rebates for mental health care. This factsheet outlines Medicare’s initiative titled: Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access). It covers what Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and eligible social workers and occupational therapists. The factsheet also provides concise information about how to access the program through a referral from a GP. Have you accessed this rebate? Tell us about it in the comments below. Your unique experiences could help others facing  cancer.  Before you go We’d love Read more [...]

  • Managing work and finances during cancer

    This resource from Redkite provides an overview on managing work and finances during cancer. Practical issues like continuing work or managing bills during treatment can become significant worries for young people facing cancer. If you are a young person with cancer, or you are supporting someone through their cancer journey this web page may help. You may also be eligible for Redkite’s Financial Assistance, check out their financial help page to see if you can get any additional support. If you are eligible for this support, it may include help covering the essentials such as: Bills for electricity, gas, water, rates, Read more [...]

  • Accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment

    Redkite’s information sheet covers accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment. The various insurance types include: health insurance, life insurance, income protection, trauma insurance, and travel insurance. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Accessing your superannuation early

    Redkite gives an overview on accessing your superannuation early at different stages of cancer treatment. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, Cancer Advisor would love you to share your insights and knowledge on the site. Your story could help other people facing cancer, and make them feel less alone. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Centrelink benefits when your child is diagnosed with cancer

    Episode 2 on the WeCare podcast explains what Centrelink benefits you can access when your child is diagnosed with cancer. The Australian Department of Human Services website has more information about eligibility and how you can apply. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on finances and cancer. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And Read more [...]

  • Budgeting during a cancer diagnosis

    Redkite offer tips to support you with budgeting during cancer. Topics include: how to write a budget applying for financial hardship, and extending or reducing your bill payments. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on finances and cancer. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to Read more [...]

  • Centrelink – Youth Disability Supplement

    Information on Centrelink’s Youth Disability Supplement, an extra payment if you’re a young person with disability and on some type of income support. Further reading Are you a young adult with cancer? Cancer Advisor has a list of resources for young adults with cancer including work and study, fertility, personal stories and stages of the cancer journey. Psst … before you go There’s more to this website than this page! Cancer Advisor is an online platform with a wide range of cancer advice and knowledge. You’ll be directed to external websites and sources featuring reliable information for families of children with Read more [...]

  • Financial assistance available to patients with cancer – Centrelink

    This information sheet by Work After Cancer discusses the Centrelink benefits you could be eligible for including: Centrelink income support Sickness allowance Newstart (incapacitated) allowance Disability Support Pension Assistance seeking work Work After Cancer is a Cancer Australia Supporting people with cancer Grant Initiative, funded by the Australian Government. Further reading Are you a young adult with cancer? Cancer Advisor has a list of resources for young adults with cancer including work and study, fertility, personal stories and stages of the cancer journey. Psst … before you go There’s more to this website than this page! Cancer Advisor is an online platform with a Read more [...]

  • Dealing with money, work and study (practical issues)

    Factsheet from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre with information about dealing with money and returning to work or study. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Thinking Ahead – Your guide to school, study and work

    Peter Macmillan Cancer Centre has created Thinking ahead: Your guide to school, study and work/ A guide for young people who have had cancer.  This engaging guide full of humorous animations aims to help young adults re-engage with their school and study. The 43-page eBook aims to provide young people with the information they require to make informed choices regarding education and vocation planning, both during treatment and in the years beyond. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer Advisor Read more [...]

  • Financial Planning Association of Australia – Pro bono financial planning

    Overview of the pro bono financial support available from the Financial Planning Association of Australia and an application form to request advice. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Finance tips from parents of kids with cancer

    Cancer Advisor asked parents to share their top financial tips for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. If you can add something to the list please share it in the comments below to help other families seeking advice. Tip One – Be informed Parent A: “Access financial services – know exactly what is available and how to access it.” Parent B: “Seek financial advice. The loss of income is a big burden and can be very stressful.” Cancer Advisor has over 50 different content pieces on finance including budgeting, accessing your superannuation and what Centrelink benefits you can Read more [...]

  • Kildonan – WeCare financial assistance and podcasts

    Three podcasts about Kildonan’s WeCare program for families facing cancer and information about the Centrelink benefits you may be eligible for. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Kildonan – Financial counselling

    Overview of Kildonan’s free financial counselling for people living in Melbourne experiencing financial difficulties. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Cancer Council Northern Territory – Legal and financial assistance

    Factsheets about legal and financial issues you may be experiencing from Cancer Council NT. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.  

  • Cancer Council South Australia – Legal and financial assistance

    Overview of Cancer Council South Australia’s legal and financial assistance, including financial planning and legal support. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, relevant to you, has been added. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.