Cancer support service
A diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing journey for the patient, and their families and friends. Find out more about living with cancer by clicking the links below.
Supporting Someone with Cancer
Cancer Council Tasmania provides a wide range of support services to assist with cancer related issues and needs delivered across Tasmania at no cost to the public. Learn more about their support and information centres.
Gather My Crew is an Australian charity that has a useful online tool that can be used to help a person who has cancer.
Royal Hobart Hospital Psychology Service
Speaking with a psychologist can help people through their thoughts and feelings.
The Royal Hobart Hospital has a Cancer Psychology service for cancer patients, their family members and support people. Some of the most common reasons why people talk to a Psychologist include:
- anxiety and stress
- trouble sleeping
- social and relationship difficulties
- coping with their cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery
The Cancer Psychology service is free.
To make an appointment contact the RHH Oncology Outpatient Clinic on 6166 6655 or speak to anyone from your medical team.
Royal Hobart Hospital Cancer Support Centre
Your place for cancer support
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
During these hours the centre is staffed by volunteers from the Royal Hobart Hospital and Hospice Care.
Location: Level 1, A Block, Royal Hobart Hospital, Liverpool Street, Hobart.
Phone: 6166 8964 (During opening hours only)
Bookings to use Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further enquiries please contact the Social Work department on 6166 8354.
Please note that during 2020 and 2021 use of the Cancer Support Centre has been limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
About the Cancer Support Centre
The Cancer Support Centre supports people with cancer including, their family members, carers or friends with:
- a non-clinical place where people with cancer, can spend time, no appointment is needed
- find information about cancer, cancer treatments, supports, programs and therapies
- find information on support programs for different types of cancer
- find information on wellbeing programs like, yoga, relaxation, exercise, art, music or survivorship.
During opening hours the Cancer Support Centre is staffed by friendly and caring trained volunteers from the Royal Hobart Hospital and Hospice Volunteers South. There are no doctors or nurses in the Cancer Support Centre and no medical advice is given. If you need specific advice please contact a member of your health care team.
People with cancer can spend time at the Cancer Support Centre for free. Sometimes there are programs held at the Cancer Support Centre may have a small cost.
The Cancer Support Centre is managed by the Cancer Support Centre Advisory Committee. Requests to use the Cancer Support Centre by clinical staff for individual or group interventions are to be directed to the Advisory Committee for consideration.