Oncology Social Work & Counselling Service

The Oncology Social Workers/Counsellors are part of the MNCCI multidisciplinary team and specialise in providing emotional & 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 & financial concerns
  • Effects of treatment on self-esteem, confidence & lifestyle
  • Carer stress
  • Sadness, loss & grief
  • Survivorship Types of support provided
  • Professional support in adapting to serious & chronic illness
  • Individual, couple & family counselling
  • Family conferences around important decisions
  • Stress & anxiety management
  • Assistance with practical, financial & legal matters
  • Transport & accommodation issues
  • Information & referral to community resources.

Referral Process: 

Referrals are accepted from all health care professionals. Patients are welcome to self-refer.

Services available at these locations

MNCCI Coffs Harbour

Phone 02 6656 5737


Opening hours: 8.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday

MNCCI Port Macquarie

Phone 02 6580 1807


Opening Hours: 8.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday