In addition to the information you receive from your treatment team, you might find it helpful to get information from different sources.

There are many other government, private and not for profit community services and agencies available to assist you with concerns and issues while dealing with cancer. These include Cancer Council, Centrelink, disability, aged care and palliative care services.

Here are some other useful resources and organisations we recommend:

For younger children 

When Someone Has A Very Serious Illness by Marge Heegaard
A practical workbook to help children learn the basic concepts of illness and age-appropriate ways of coping with it.

What Is Happening To My Mummy? by Noela Moran and Teresa Jordan
A colour-in story book for children to help understand cancer treatments.

My Mum’s Got Cancer by Dr Lucy Blunt
A picture book to help normalise the treatment of cancer.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
A picture book offering a child-centred approach to overcoming separation fears.

Beginnings And Endings With Lifetimes in Between by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen
A picture book using nature and living things as a way of explaining the concept of life and death.

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities To Help Kids Cope When A Special Person Dies by Janice Silverman
An art therapy and activity book to help children prepare for, and cope with, the death of a special person.

Camp Quality 
Camp Quality provides support for young children aged 13 years and under in dealing with the effect of cancer in their lives.
campquality.org.au

For older children 

What About Me? by Cancer Council Qld
A booklet of short comics providing basic factual information. It explores the possible feelings, fears and concerns children may have when their parent has cancer.

Now What? by CanTeen 
A series of booklets that provide information, understanding and support about the challenges older children may face as a result of their parent’s cancer diagnosis.

CanTeen
CanTeen provides support and information for young people aged 12 to 24 years in dealing with the effect of cancer in their lives.
canteen.org.au

For adults

When a Parent Has Cancer — A Guide To Caring For Your Children by Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D. (includes supplement book for children, Becky & The Worry Cup)

Children’s Grief — A Guide for Parents by Pam Heaney

Cancer Council publications — available to download from cancercouncil.com.au:

  • Coping with cancer
  • Living with advanced cancer
  • Partners guide to coping with cancer
  • Talking to kids about cancer

Online tools and resources

Simple Things (coming soon!)
Developed by Mummy’s Wish, Simple Things is an easy-to-use platform for friends and family to organise and coordinate help for mums (ie. meals, school pick ups, transport to hospital, etc).
simplethings.org.au

Hey Sigmund
A free website sharing the latest research and news about psychology — including information on children and adolescents.
Heysigmund.com

Open Leaves Books
A specialist book retailer providing a vast collection of counselling and therapy books.
openleaves.com.au

Little Parachutes
Provides information about books for young children to help with life’s challenges.
littleparachutes.com

Cancer Australia
A government website that provides information and links to relevant support organisations.
canceraustralia.gov.au

Cancer Council Australia
Provides up to date information regarding all aspects of cancer including research, treatment and support.
cancer.org.au

Cancer Connections
A moderated online forum by Cancer Council Australia.
cancerconnections.com.au

Other useful contacts 

Centrelink 
Information about government support and financial assistance; 13 27 17
centrelink.gov.au

Lifeline
24 hour personal crisis support: 13 11 14
lifeline.org.au 

Griefline 
Online and phone counselling open 12pm to 3am daily; 1300 845 745.
griefline.org.au

Medicare
Information about Medicare claims. General enquiries: 13 20 11
medicareaustralia.gov.au