What is Mummy’s Wish?

Mummy’s Wish is the only Australian independent charity dedicated to providing practical support to mums who are diagnosed with cancer while their children are young (under 12).

Our aim is to provide mums and their families with compassion, consistency and care through the provision of practical, immediate and non-means tested support whilst mum is receiving treatment for cancer.

 

Am I eligible to receive support from Mummy’s Wish?

In order to be able to access the support of Mummy’s Wish, you must:

  • Have a current diagnosis of cancer by an Australian Medical Specialist and be receiving specialist-approved treatment.
  • Have at least one child 12 years or under.

Our service is non-means tested and available throughout Australia.

A referral to Mummy’s Wish can be made at any stage from initial diagnosis to mid-way through treatment or when receiving palliative care.

 

How do I register with Mummy’s Wish?

As a mum you can complete the attached Self Registration Form and return it, along with a signed letter on letterhead from your GP, Breast Care Nurse, Hospital, Social Worker or Treating Specialist confirming your diagnosis and current treatment.

 

How do I complete the Self Registration Form?

  • Print a blank copy, complete and then scan and email both pages to contact@mummyswish.org.au or post to PO Box 165, Northgate, QLD 4013 OR
  • Type into the editable PDF, save and email to contact@mummyswish.org.au

Note: You will need Adobe Reader to complete the form on your computer or mobile device.  ALL fields must be completed

 

What happens next?

Once we receive your fully completed Self Registration Form and documentation, you will be assigned a Support Coordinator who will contact you within seven to ten business days to arrange a phone appointment time to discuss her circumstances and practical needs.

We will also send you (or the referrer) an email to let you know the registration has been confirmed.

 

What type of support and assistance can I receive?

We understand every family is different and the support and information you receive will be tailored specifically to your needs—and the needs of your family.

Your Support Coordinator will take consideration your diagnosis, existing support network, age of your children and most importantly what you feel comfortable with in terms of support. They will also keep in touch with you throughout your treatment and check in with you from time to time as you navigate your way through cancer treatment.

Once you’ve had your first chat with your Support Coordinator, you’ll receive Mummy’s Wish Care Pack in the mail that contains a few relevant bits of information and resources including a copy of ‘Dealing with cancer: A guide for Mums’, a few treats for you and one of our voice-recordable Comfort Bears for each of your children aged under 12 years.

In addition, Mummy’s Wish will coordinate practical support so that you can focus on the most important things—getting well and being with your children.

Some examples of the practical support we have provided to families in the past include:

  • organising six fortnightly house cleaning sessions or;
  • arranging delivery of nutritious family meals during treatment or;
  • supplying hospital car parking or fuel vouchers.

Please note: We source and contract local service providers to deliver these services to families.