Other Support & Services
Elliot is the Childhood Cancer Associations mascot and friend to children living with cancer. Elliot is given to every child who is diagnosed with cancer at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Children, family and friends are able to write letters to Elliot, who will then respond. Letter boxes are located in the Michael Rice Centre for Oncology and Haematology clinic and ward, alternatively, letters can be posted to Elliot, PO Box 1094, North Adelaide SA 5006 or via email to email@example.com. For more information about Elliot, related resources and his special role, please see here.
CCA is able to offer equipment loans where required, for example mobility equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, frames) or home care equipment (e.g. commodes). For all mobility and home care equipment loans, please speak to your medical team first to check that this is suitable for your child.
Massage Therapy Service
Massage therapy is available to aid with relaxation and stress release. Massage therapy is conducted by a fully qualified massage therapist at the CCA office in a private and quiet space. Massages are available for the child with cancer upon medical clearance from their doctor.
Pillowcases for Oncology Kids (POK)
The Childhood Cancer Association Inc. is a proud partner of Pillowcases for Oncology Kids (POK).
POK was established in 2011 in New South Wales by 15 year old Brittany Booth. At 6 months old, Brittany was diagnosed with a rare Germ Cell tumour and was given a 0.01% survival rate. She underwent 3 years of treatment and was successful in beating her cancer, however is still required to undergo regular monitoring and experiences long term health effects due to her treatment.
As a result of her experience, Brittany was inspired to bring smiles to children and teenagers faces by creating ‘Pillowcases for Oncology Kids’. POK’s vision is to provide every child undergoing treatment for cancer with a unique pillowcase to brighten up and personalise their hospital room.
The Childhood Cancer Association Inc. together with POK ensure that all children with cancer being treated in South Australia receive a special pillowcase.
If you would like further information about pillowcase distribution please contact the Family Service Team at the Childhood Cancer Association on 8239 2211. For more information about pillowcase requirements and donations please contact Teresa Lane, the South Australian representative for POK, 0433 040 111 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Room/Resource Centre
A family room, with toys, games, videos and other resources is located within the CCA offices. Families are welcome to use the room between appointments or to relax in during long hospital stays. Country families, staying in temporary accommodation, are also encouraged to visit and unwind. Additionally, cancer related resources are available for families to read and borrow.
The Childhood Cancer Association hosts several events for families throughout the year. These include the Annual Christmas Fair, and Sturt Football Club home games.
We are also very fortunate that through the generosity of our many supporters, we sometimes receive complimentary tickets for families to attend events, concerts and sporting matches in Adelaide. We endeavour to distribute any tickets in a fair manner based on the needs of our families at that particular time.
Services Provided to the Women's & Children's Hospital
Tea, Coffee, Snacks and Newspapers
Tea, coffee, snacks and newspapers are provided by CCA in the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology. A snack box is also located in the clinic and on the ward for the nursing staff to use as rewards.
CCA Play Therapist
CCA provides part funding for the Women's & Children's Hospital Play Therapist who works in the Michael Rice Centre for Oncology and Haematology. For further information please refer to Research & Funding page.
Other Assistance to WCH
The Childhood Cancer Association occasionally provides other items for use in the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology. These include mobile phone chargers, a spare underwear kit and child friendly band aids.