Other Support & Services
Elliot is the Childhood Cancer Association’s mascot and friend to children living with cancer and their families. Elliot is given to every child who is diagnosed with cancer, and who are referred to the Childhood Association. Children with cancer and their families are able to write a letter or draw a picture 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Elliot, related resources and his special role, please click here.
Wheelchair loans are available to children undergoing treatment and who require a wheelchair for short term use. We have a variety of sizes available to suit the needs of your child. Prior to accessing a wheelchair it is important to speak with your child’s medical team to ensure that wheelchair use is suitable for them.
Massage Therapy Service
CCA provides massage therapy conducted by a trained massage and paediatric oncology massage therapist, either at the Childhood Cancer Association Office (in a private and quiet space) or in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital if appropriate. Massage therapy is available to parents/caregivers and the child undergoing treatment, however signed medical consent must be obtained prior to the child undergoing a massage.
Massage therapy contributes to a better sense of wellbeing. It can be a source of deep relaxation for stressed parents and assist with any aches and pains that may be associated with changes in your environment (e.g. different bed, having to lift your child more frequently). For children it can assist in reducing levels of anxiety and the impact of some of the side effects of treatment. Paediatric oncology massage is a specialised therapeutic massage which is appropriate at any stage - from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship or palliative care.
If you are interested in a massage please speak with the Family Service Team.
Family Room/Resource Centre
Families are able to use our family room located within the CCA offices to relax between appointments or to relax during long hospital stays. Facilities include:
- Wireless internet access
- Access to printing facilities
- Games / Toys
- TV, DVD’s and video games
- Access to cancer related resources are available for families to read and borrow
The Childhood Cancer Association hosts several events for families throughout the year, including the Annual Christmas Fair.
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 and Newspapers
Tea, coffee and newspapers are provided by the Childhood Cancer Association in the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology.
Other assistance to the Women's & Children's Hospital
The Childhood Cancer Association occasionally provides other items for use in the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology. This includes emergency financial/transport assistance to families and other essential items such as we have previously arranged a set of mobile phone chargers, a spare underwear kit etc.
If you or your family require assistance please contact us today!
Contact Childhood Cancer Association
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» Or phone us on (08) 8239 1444
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!