Family Support & Programs

Family Support & Programs

The Childhood Cancer Association is dedicated to providing ongoing and practical hands on support for children with cancer and their families.  All support to member families is provided at no cost, and designed to assist in making the cancer experience easier for the entire family.

Hospital Visitation Program

Daily visits to families in the Women's and Children's Hospital are conducted by the Childhood Cancer Association's trained Counsellors. We have a regular visiting time, and should you like a visit please indicate this on the menu you are given in the morning. We will then be informed by the ward clerk if you would like a visit. Alternatively if this time doesn't suit your schedule please let us know, or alternatively ask the nursing staff to contact us and an alternative visit can be arranged.

We understand that there is limited privacy in the clinic area and therefore only conduct visits to the clinic on the request of a family. Should you like a visit please let us know, by either telephone or email or by asking the nursing staff to contact us. 


SIBS (Super Important Brothers & Sisters)

A diagnosis of childhood cancer can impact on the entire family. Siblings may experience a number of changes within the family, including spending more time with extended family members or friends, not being able to play with their brother/sister in ways that they are used to and they may be required to take on new or extra responsibilities.

Children also process their feelings quite differently compared to adults, whereby some children may not be able tidentify or verbalise the impact that their siblings cancer diagnosis may be having. Some children may continue with their daily activities and the cancer diagnosis for their brother or sister may have little impact. Other children may experience a wide variety of emotions from anger, to jealousy that their unwell sibling is receiving more attention or more of Mum and Dad's time, or scared about the changes in their family or be confused about what is happening to their brother/sister. What sometimes compounds this experience for children is that they are often unable to find the words to ask questions or express how they are feeling.

In recognition of the changes to a family and the experiences of siblings the Childhood Cancer Association runs a school holiday program designed specifically for children aged 5 and 12 years, who have a brother or sister with cancer. Super Important Brothers & Sisters (SIBS) offers siblings access to ongoing support whilst encouraging peer support and friendships between children in the group.

The group sessions are designed to offer emotional support, practical coping strategies and an understanding of specific issues facing siblings of children with cancer in a fun environment by including excursions and special activities. The therapeutic element of the group assists siblings in developing resilience and helps to build their self-esteem, to support them through the cancer journey and beyond.

For further information or to register your child/ren please contact Family Service on (08) 8239 2211 or email family.service@childhoodcancer.asn.au


Family Support Pack

When a family is referred to the Childhood Cancer Association they are given a Family Pack. This includes practical and support items such as toiletries, a diary, a digital thermometer, family entertainment passes and age appropriate gifts.

Additionally, the child with cancer will receive an Elliot, the Association's mascot and friend to children with cancer.

For more information about Elliot and his special role please click here.


Pamper Pack

Pamper packs are given to each family if a child relapses. It contains a photographic voucher, journal, therapeutic products and other appropriate support items.


Other Family Support

Financial Assistance
CCA recognises that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, this can place extra financial pressure on the family as a result of increased medical expenses, or one or both parents having to take leave from work. Therefore, some financial assistance is available to families who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis. This support is coordinated through the family's Social Worker at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

For any queries regarding financial assistance please speak directly to your Social Worker.

Child Minding
Child minding for the child with cancer and/or their siblings is available usually within the Women's & Children's Hospital. This enables parents to take a break from the hospital and/or attend to domestic duties outside of the hospital (e.g. take part in school meetings, pay bills, attend medical appointments etc.). It also provides the child with respite from the hospital environment and enables them to spend time with a new person and have some fun. All child minders are required to undergo training at the Childhood Cancer Association, complete Mandatory Notification Training and have a current DCSI child related employment screening.

To arrange a child minder, please speak to your Social Worker, nurse or contact Family Service direct on (08) 8239 2211.

Advocacy & Support
Advocacy and support is available to families should it be required.

Our Services

If you or your family require assistance please contact us today!

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Help us make a difference today!

The Childhood Cancer Association is a fully self-funded organisation and therefore relies on the generous support of the community.

Childhood cancer presents many challenges for the child and their family. It affects not only the child but their brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, friends and the whole community.

The Childhood Cancer Association provides support to the entire family.

Please help us make the cancer journey easier for these families!