Cancer Council NSW has launched a new, face-to-face financial counselling service for people affected by cancer in the Central Coast region, with a dedicated Financial Counsellor delivering support exclusively designed for cancer patients and their families.
The service is funded by the Greater Charitable Foundation.
Cancer Council NSW’s Financial Assistance Program had previously been a telephone-only support service for those based outside of Metro Sydney and Greater Western Sydney.
Annie Miller, Director of Cancer Support Services at Cancer Council NSW, said: “We know that when people are diagnosed with cancer, their support needs vary, with some preferring face-to-face contact to talking with someone over the phone.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Greater Charitable Foundation for enabling us to launch this new service. It allows us to provide face-to-face financial support to people affected by cancer in the Central Coast region, who we have been unable to reach in this way before.”
In the Central Coast and region alone, it is estimated that over 2,500 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year.
Angeline Sharp has taken up the new position of Financial Counsellor on the Central Coast, which has been funded by the Greater Charitable Foundation.
“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they may face a number of complex financial issues throughout their journey – around one in three cancer patients reports financial stress,” Angeline said.
“As a Financial Counsellor, I work closely with cancer patients to give them the information and support they may need to help alleviate the burden financial stress can bring.”
Greater Charitable Foundation CEO, Anne Long said that those living with a cancer diagnosis, along with their families, face a range of challenges beyond the immediate health issues, which she hopes the funding and program will help alleviate.
“When people are dealing with serious health issues, matters such as finances, understandably, are usually put aside to focus on the care of the person undergoing treatment,” Anne said.
“The reality is though that these secondary issues need to be addressed. This program can help people deal with additional stresses at a time when they are not necessarily in the best physical or mental space to do so.
“It is a wonderful program that will continue to be in greater demand on the Central Coast, and one that meets our charter to improve the life outcomes of families and communities.”
To find out more about how you can access the new service, visit https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/get-support/legal-and-financial-assistance/ or call 13 11 20.