Oncology Social Work and Counselling Service

The oncology social workers/counsellors are part of the MNCCI multidisciplinary team and specialise in providing emotional and practical support before, during and after cancer treatment.

Cancer treatment can be a very stressful and challenging time for patients, their families and carers.

Some of the issues affecting people living with cancer include:

  • coping emotionally with adjustment to diagnosis or recurrence
  • coping with treatment side-effects
  • managing stress, depression and anxiety
  • communicating with family, friends and doctors
  • making difficult decisions
  • practical, legal and financial concerns
  • effects of treatment on self-esteem, confidence & lifestyle
  • carer stress
  • sadness, loss and grief
  • survivorship types of support provided
  • professional support in adapting to serious and chronic illness
  • individual, couple and family counselling
  • family conferences around important decisions
  • stress and anxiety management
  • assistance with practical, financial and legal matters
  • transport and accommodation issues
  • information and referral to community resources.

Referrals are accepted from all health care professionals.

Patients are welcome to self-refer.


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