Many cancer patients discover that one of the unexpected side-effects of cancer can be financial difficulties and practical complications with everyday issues, such as benefits, insurance, employment rights and so on.
Below is a list of organisations that may be able to help:
- Australian Council of Stoma Associations
The Council provides liaison with the Australian Government and appliance suppliers in relation to the Stoma Appliance Scheme as well as coordinates support services for ostomates through Australia.
- Australian Government website
Information is available here on public services, including housing, private renting, benefits, and life events.
- Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The ATO provides up to date information on current rates and allowances on all taxation matters.
Centrelink is an Australian Government Statutory Agency, assisting people to become self-sufficient and supporting those in need.
- Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia is the national peak body and provides information and resources about bladder and bowel management, continence services and assistance schemes available.
Extra Time Appeal (Victoria only)
The Extra Time Appeal exists to provide funding to support terminally ill people with funding towards the cost of essential medication/treatment no covered by the Australian Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
- Financial Information Service
Centrelink’s Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to everyone in the community. FIS helps people to make informed decisions about investment and financial issues for their current and future financial needs. FIS is independent, free and confidential and provides services through seminars, and by phone and appointment.
- Health Insurance
General information to help patients and their families be better prepared for the healthcare experience after a diagnosis of bowel cancer. Includes a brief summary outlining what you can expect from the health insurer during bowel cancer treatment. Always check with your insurer before you go to hospital.
Jobs Services Australia
Job Services Australia supports people looking for work based on individual circumstances and caring responsibilities.
- Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme
Under the Scheme, you may be eligible to receive a Medicare benefit for private, non-cosmetic dental assessments, preventive services, extractions, fillings, restorative work and dentures if cancer affects your oral health. Eligibility criteria apply.
- Medical Treatment Overseas (MTO) Program
The Program provides financial assistance for Australians with a life-threatening medical condition to receive proven life saving medical treatment overseas where effective treatment is not available in Australia.
- National Association of Community Legal Centres
Community legal centres are independent, non-profit community organisations that provide free legal services to the public. Community legal centres provide referral, advice and assistance and there services are provided free of charge.
- National Shelter Inc
National Shelter cannot house you, but provide information for people seeking housing or housing assistance through their State Shelter networks.
- Patient Assisted Travel & Accommodation Schemes
Transport and accommodation subsidy schemes operate in each state and territory that assists people in isolated and rural communities to gain access to specialist medical treatment not available in their own area.
From 1 July 2007, if you have a terminal medical condition and want to access your super, you can apply directly to your super fund. They decide whether to release your super. If your super fund allows these types of payments, you need to supply them with medical certification before they can make a payment. Payment of your super can only be made as a lump sum.
- Tax Help
Tax Help is a network of community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns at tax time. Eligibility criteria apply.