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Dealing with cancer can present significant financial or legal challenges.

Many people find the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis one of the most difficult aspects to deal with. We know the costs associated with cancer treatment can be totally unexpected and can sometime coincide with a loss of income causing added stress and anxiety for many cancer patients. 

“Some patients find that planning ahead gives them a greater sense of control.”

Dr Catherine Mason, Psycho-Oncologist, Cancer Services

There are services and resources available which aim to ease the financial stress and burden on you. Listed below are some resources and tools that will assist you in planning for the future.



NSW Government:   Office for Ageing, NSW Trustee and Guardian and NSW Public Guardian



Planning Ahead Tools – for future legal, health and financial decisions

Who will take care of everything if something happens to you? Who will inherit your property? Who will take care of your children? Who will look after your finances and medical needs?

Fortunately, planning ahead for yourself and the ones you love is easier than you think. This website contains information and resources to help you ensure your wishes are known, so you can get it in black & white…Read more

NSW Dust Diseases Board

If you have a cancer related to asbestos exposure this website gives you information about the kind of compensation available and how to make an application…Read more  

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Australian Government- Department of Human Services (DHS)
Managing your money

Department of Human Services (DHS) provide a range of services to help you manage your money. For example, you can get information from their Financial Information Service officers, as well as services to help you manage your household bills and health expenses…Read more

Medicare Safety Net

Couples and families do need to register for the Medicare Safety Net, even if all of your family members are listed on your Medicare card.

Individuals do not need to register for the Medicare Safety Net.

To register your family for the Medicare Safety Net you can call 132 011 or visit your local Department of Human Services Centre…Read more

Download a Medicare Safety Net couples and families registration and amendment form: Click here

Legal and Financial Planning Support


Cancer Council New South Wales


Legal or financial advice

The Legal Referral Service is free for eligible clients and can help you with:

  • Drafting your will
  • Making a power of attorney
  • Early access to superannuation
  • Credit and debt issues
  • Mortgage hardship
  • Insurance claims and disputes
  • Employment and discrimination issues
  • Tenancy disputes

The Financial Planning Referral Service can help you with:

  • Applying for Centrelink benefits
  • Budgeting
  • Planning for retirement
  • Superannuation and insurance
  • Debt management.

Cancer Council will connect you with a lawyer or financial planner who will help you. This may be at their office, or at your hospital or home. If you speak a language other than English, they can arrange an interpreter for you.

For more details click on the following link or call 13 11 20:

Cancer Council NSW – Legal and Financial Planning Support

Louise Fitz-Gerald

Louisa Fitz-Gerald is National Coordinator, Pro Bono Programs

Click to read article by Louise Fitz-Gerald: Free Legal Service Helps Cancer Patients


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