Young people diagnosed with cancer and families with a child diagnosed with cancer often describe not knowing who to turn to for information, resources and emotional support following diagnosis.
Redkite is the largest non-government funder of professional oncology social work services in children’s hospitals and specific adolescent and young adult treatment centres across Australia, funding 30 per cent of paediatric oncology social workers in children’s hospitals (11 positions in 9 hospitals).
Social workers support families through their adjustment to the many challenges of a cancer experience through the provision of counselling support, information, education and practical support.
Oncology social workers discuss with families the support options available through Redkite. Your social worker can provide you with information about Redkite’s Financial Assistance Program, Education Grants and Scholarships, Red Bags and Telegroups.
Some young people and families do not have access to social work support in their treatment centre. Redkite offers Telephone and Email Support services where Redkite Counsellors provide counselling, information, education and resources for young people (up to the age of 24) and families from diagnosis, throughout treatment and when returning home. This service is staffed by professional social workers who have significant experience working with young people with cancer and families facing childhood cancer.
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“A big thank you to our Redkite Social Worker, for being our life link during the year. You rescued us from drowning emotionally and financially and also helped us to see a positive. A big thank you to Redkite for financing these wonderful social workers at the Hospital that helps troubled families like mine everyday… .”
A parent of a child with cancer.