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Family resources and tools

When a child has cancer, you need a trusted source of information.

We regularly update our collection of useful resources because cancer isn’t simple or straightforward, and there is always more information to be shared. Take your time to look through what’s on offer and what will work for you right now.

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Relationships
1st Oct

Telling people your child has cancer

Talking about cancer can be daunting. You may have fears about how people will react, and voicing it can make it feel more real somehow

Telling people your child has cancer

Talking about cancer can be daunting. You may have fears about how people will react, and voicing it can make it feel more real somehow

Relationships
2nd Sep

Other childhood cancer support services

A list of childhood cancer support services in Australia

Other childhood cancer support services

A list of childhood cancer support services in Australia

Adult mum and daughter hugging

Relationships
30th Sep

Managing family relationships

Going through cancer treatment can lead to some very positive experiences in relationships, but the stress can also cause immense strain.

Managing family relationships

Going through cancer treatment can lead to some very positive experiences in relationships, but the stress can also cause immense strain.

Man reading to his daughter

Emotions
7th Oct

How books can help children with their emotions

It can be hard to talk to your children about how their feeling. In this article, our social workers suggest some books that may help your conversations.

How books can help children with their emotions

It can be hard to talk to your children about how their feeling. In this article, our social workers suggest some books that may help your conversations.

Relationships
6th Oct

When your child isn’t going to get better

When your child isn’t going to get better is an eleven-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents.

When your child isn’t going to get better

When your child isn’t going to get better is an eleven-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents.

Relationships
2nd Oct

How to manage grief after they are gone

Everyone grieves in different ways. While your grief may be similar in some ways to other people’s, it will still be individual to you. It’s your own experience.

How to manage grief after they are gone

Everyone grieves in different ways. While your grief may be similar in some ways to other people’s, it will still be individual to you. It’s your own experience.

women driving son to soccer practice

Organising
28th Jul

The best ways to support a family facing childhood cancer

Offering the right kind of help to a family whose child has cancer can be difficult. Parents have shared the best ways other have helped them, so you can feel confident in offering meaningful support.

The best ways to support a family facing childhood cancer

Offering the right kind of help to a family whose child has cancer can be difficult. Parents have shared the best ways other have helped them, so you can feel confident in offering meaningful support.

Organising
29th Sep

Making your hospital stay more comfortable: what other parents say

Having to stay in hospital can bring about different challenges. Parents have shared some tips to help you feel more comfortable and to seek support you might need.

Making your hospital stay more comfortable: what other parents say

Having to stay in hospital can bring about different challenges. Parents have shared some tips to help you feel more comfortable and to seek support you might need.

Relationships
1st Oct

When your child has a friend with cancer

If your child’s friend is diagnosed with cancer, you might be wondering how this could impact your child.

When your child has a friend with cancer

If your child’s friend is diagnosed with cancer, you might be wondering how this could impact your child.

Organising
8th Oct

Other financial aid programs

A list of services providers offering financial aid in Australia

Other financial aid programs

A list of services providers offering financial aid in Australia

Family with a child who has cancer in the middle

Relationships
30th Jul

How can Redkite help you?

Men are encouraged to show strength and can’t say if you’re struggling, but how should a man behave when his child is diagnosed with cancer?

How can Redkite help you?

Men are encouraged to show strength and can’t say if you’re struggling, but how should a man behave when his child is diagnosed with cancer?

Relationships
5th Oct

Living without your child

Living without your child is a nine-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents about life after your child dies.

Living without your child

Living without your child is a nine-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents about life after your child dies.

Children playing with instruments

Emotions
9th Sep

How to check on your child’s mental health

Redkite’s team of social workers are experts in child counselling and have some suggestions that may help you connect with your children.

How to check on your child’s mental health

Redkite’s team of social workers are experts in child counselling and have some suggestions that may help you connect with your children.

Seeking support; what other parents say

Relationships
28th Sep

Seeking support: what other parents say

Financial tips from parents and families for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Seeking support: what other parents say

Financial tips from parents and families for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Relationships
29th Sep

Self-care during childhood cancer: what other parents say

Parents have shared their top tips for looking after your mental health when your child has been diagnosed with cancer.

Self-care during childhood cancer: what other parents say

Parents have shared their top tips for looking after your mental health when your child has been diagnosed with cancer.

Relationships
1st Oct

Finishing cancer treatment

Finishing cancer treatment can also bring up unexpected feelings and responses. It takes time to adjust, and we’re here to support you.

Finishing cancer treatment

Finishing cancer treatment can also bring up unexpected feelings and responses. It takes time to adjust, and we’re here to support you.

rk-man-pyjamas-stressed-phone

Relationships
5th Oct

When your child dies

When your child dies is a nine-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents about life after your child dies.

When your child dies

When your child dies is a nine-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents about life after your child dies.

How to support the family of a child with cancer

Organising
4th Apr

How to support the family of a child with cancer

A guide for people who care about a family to help them provide the right support at the right time.

How to support the family of a child with cancer

A guide for people who care about a family to help them provide the right support at the right time.

Grandfather holding grandson toddler by the swimming pool

Relationships
18th Sep

When your grandchild has cancer

A storybook written for parents and carers to read with their children to help them understand what a tumour is and what treatment involves.

When your grandchild has cancer

A storybook written for parents and carers to read with their children to help them understand what a tumour is and what treatment involves.

Relationships
30th Sep

‘Chin up’: Breaking down the barriers between men and support

Men are encouraged to show strength and can’t say if you’re struggling, but how should a man behave when his child is diagnosed with cancer?

‘Chin up’: Breaking down the barriers between men and support

Men are encouraged to show strength and can’t say if you’re struggling, but how should a man behave when his child is diagnosed with cancer?

Organising
29th Sep

Simple tips to stay organised while on treatment: what other parents say

Simple tips to stay organised while on treatment: what other parents say. Parents have shared some practical tips to help you stay organised while your child is on treatment.

Simple tips to stay organised while on treatment: what other parents say

Simple tips to stay organised while on treatment: what other parents say. Parents have shared some practical tips to help you stay organised while your child is on treatment.

Parlant Français
24th Aug

Bienvenue au Children’s Hospital de Westmead

A destination des familles calédoniennes recevant des soins au service oncologie de l’hôpital des enfants de Westmead.

Bienvenue au Children’s Hospital de Westmead

A destination des familles calédoniennes recevant des soins au service oncologie de l’hôpital des enfants de Westmead.

Tired stressed mother holding her baby

Relationships
29th Sep

COVID-19: Family Tensions

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on us all. It’s brought many unexpected stressors that can affect our lives in different ways.

COVID-19: Family Tensions

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on us all. It’s brought many unexpected stressors that can affect our lives in different ways.

Family hugging near a river

Emotions
29th Sep

Childhood Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

Redkite’s team of social workers share their tips for taking care of your mental health while facing childhood cancer and COVID-19.

Childhood Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

Redkite’s team of social workers share their tips for taking care of your mental health while facing childhood cancer and COVID-19.

Relationships
29th Sep

End of life

There are often a lot of questions about this time, and also a lot of decisions to be made.

End of life

There are often a lot of questions about this time, and also a lot of decisions to be made.

Tired stressed mother holding her baby

Relationships
1st Oct

Relapse

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on us all. It’s brought many unexpected stressors that can affect our lives in different ways.

Relapse

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on us all. It’s brought many unexpected stressors that can affect our lives in different ways.

Relationships
5th Oct

By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer

People learn to walk with their pain because if they talk about it, or if they try to be part…

By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer

People learn to walk with their pain because if they talk about it, or if they try to be part…

Relationships
2nd Oct

Tips for good communication around childhood cancer

Parents have shared their top tips to help you communicate with your family and your child’s treatment team.

Tips for good communication around childhood cancer

Parents have shared their top tips to help you communicate with your family and your child’s treatment team.

Mother looking out her window feeling isolated

Relationships
29th Sep

COVID-19: Isolation and Social Connectedness

Isolation is one of the big changes almost everyone is experiencing in their lives right now. In times of stress, being disconnected from others can be particularly hard.

COVID-19: Isolation and Social Connectedness

Isolation is one of the big changes almost everyone is experiencing in their lives right now. In times of stress, being disconnected from others can be particularly hard.

Homeschooling tips for parents

Organising
29th Sep

COVID-19: Homeschool: Your Rules

Homeschooling children with cancer is stressful which is intensified with the added fear surrounding COVID-19.

COVID-19: Homeschool: Your Rules

Homeschooling children with cancer is stressful which is intensified with the added fear surrounding COVID-19.

KiteCrew App FAQs

Organising
4th Apr

KiteCrew App FAQs

Resources KiteCrew App FAQs This guide answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the KiteCrew App. General Captains…

KiteCrew App FAQs

Resources KiteCrew App FAQs This guide answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the KiteCrew App. General Captains…

KiteCrew User Guide

Organising
4th Apr

KiteCrew App User Guide

Resources KiteCrew App User Guide This guide is intended to provide basic user instructions on the key functionalities available in…

KiteCrew App User Guide

Resources KiteCrew App User Guide This guide is intended to provide basic user instructions on the key functionalities available in…

Man looking at myRedkite on his mobile phone

Organising
21st Sep

myRedkite FAQs

Resources myRedkite FAQs If your child’s cancer is making it hard to pay the household bills, register with myRedkite. myRedkite…

myRedkite FAQs

Resources myRedkite FAQs If your child’s cancer is making it hard to pay the household bills, register with myRedkite. myRedkite…

Organising
29th Sep

Staying in hospital for the first time: parents & carers

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, they enter often unfamiliar territory of appointments, tests, hospitals and treatments. You’ll have a team of medical professionals and support workers ready to help you navigate it, but sometimes it can be helpful to know more about what to expect.

Staying in hospital for the first time: parents & carers

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, they enter often unfamiliar territory of appointments, tests, hospitals and treatments. You’ll have a team of medical professionals and support workers ready to help you navigate it, but sometimes it can be helpful to know more about what to expect.

Health
1st Oct

Childhood cancer and fertility

Decisions made at the start of treatment can have long-term effects, so it’s a good idea to find out about treatment and fertility as early as possible.

Childhood cancer and fertility

Decisions made at the start of treatment can have long-term effects, so it’s a good idea to find out about treatment and fertility as early as possible.

Organising
5th Oct

Staying in the hospital for the first time: teenagers

When it comes to hospital and treatment centres, teenagers can be sent to either a children’s hospital or an adult facility.

Staying in the hospital for the first time: teenagers

When it comes to hospital and treatment centres, teenagers can be sent to either a children’s hospital or an adult facility.

Organising
1st Oct

Accessing your superannuation early

The money saved in your superannuation fund is usually only available to you when you retire. However, in special circumstances some superannuation funds may allow you access to all or part of your super before you retire.

Accessing your superannuation early

The money saved in your superannuation fund is usually only available to you when you retire. However, in special circumstances some superannuation funds may allow you access to all or part of your super before you retire.

Emotions
19th Oct

Grief, Loss and Bereavement

During this pandemic, the devastation, sadness and isolation is shared globally, and we all ‘get it’ and can understand the impact. But when it comes to bereavement, sadly many people and communities don’t understand.

Grief, Loss and Bereavement

During this pandemic, the devastation, sadness and isolation is shared globally, and we all ‘get it’ and can understand the impact. But when it comes to bereavement, sadly many people and communities don’t understand.

Finding motivation when your child has cancer

Organising
30th Sep

Finding motivation

Where does motivation come from, and how do we find it? We all kind of know what it is, but often it just seems like something that is missing

Finding motivation

Where does motivation come from, and how do we find it? We all kind of know what it is, but often it just seems like something that is missing

Organising
17th Sep

Finance tips from parents of kids with cancer

Financial tips from parents and families for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Finance tips from parents of kids with cancer

Financial tips from parents and families for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Organising
5th Oct

Accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment

Some insurances can be helpful in covering the cost of treatment or living expenses. This information covers accessing health insurance, income protection, trauma insurance, and travel insurance.

Accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment

Some insurances can be helpful in covering the cost of treatment or living expenses. This information covers accessing health insurance, income protection, trauma insurance, and travel insurance.

Organising
2nd Oct

Childhood cancer: Feeling out of control

Managing medications, appointments, hospital visits, finances, work and the needs of other family members means there will be times when you feel overwhelmed.

Childhood cancer: Feeling out of control

Managing medications, appointments, hospital visits, finances, work and the needs of other family members means there will be times when you feel overwhelmed.

Relationships
1st Oct

Nutrition tips for kids on cancer treatment

Well all know that nutrition plays a huge part in a child’s overall health and wellbeing but food often becomes a stressful part of daily life during treatment.

Nutrition tips for kids on cancer treatment

Well all know that nutrition plays a huge part in a child’s overall health and wellbeing but food often becomes a stressful part of daily life during treatment.

Organising
28th Sep

Advocating for your child

Being an advocate for your child who has cancer can be a hard role to navigate. Here are some steps you can take and tips from other parents.

Advocating for your child

Being an advocate for your child who has cancer can be a hard role to navigate. Here are some steps you can take and tips from other parents.

Relationships
2nd Oct

Childhood cancer: Managing strong emotions

Childhood cancer: Managing strong emotions

Receiving a test result, reaching a new milestone or making a change in your child’s treatment can all bring about strong emotions, both positive and negative.

Childhood cancer: Managing strong emotions

Childhood cancer: Managing strong emotions

Receiving a test result, reaching a new milestone or making a change in your child’s treatment can all bring about strong emotions, both positive and negative.

Child with cancer and her siblings playing together on the floor

Relationships
30th Sep

My sibling has cancer

When your brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer, the world can suddenly become a very different place. Lots of things may change and you probably feel worried about your sibling, and maybe your family and yourself too.

My sibling has cancer

When your brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer, the world can suddenly become a very different place. Lots of things may change and you probably feel worried about your sibling, and maybe your family and yourself too.

Teenage girls laughing together

Relationships
1st Oct

Your friendships and your cancer

Some friends you can talk to about anything and everything, but it can still be hard to tell your friends you’ve been diagnosed with cancer

Your friendships and your cancer

Some friends you can talk to about anything and everything, but it can still be hard to tell your friends you’ve been diagnosed with cancer

Relationships
30th Sep

Parenting a child with cancer

When your child has cancer, of course, you’ll let them push boundaries or “get away with” poor behaviour you normally wouldn’t accept, but what’s the limit?

Parenting a child with cancer

When your child has cancer, of course, you’ll let them push boundaries or “get away with” poor behaviour you normally wouldn’t accept, but what’s the limit?

Organising
29th Sep

Can Centrelink help my family?

Understanding and navigating Centrelink when a child has cancer is difficult and confusing. Here are tips about Centrelink and other options that may be relevant to you and your family.

Can Centrelink help my family?

Understanding and navigating Centrelink when a child has cancer is difficult and confusing. Here are tips about Centrelink and other options that may be relevant to you and your family.

Mother holding her baby at Christmas time

Emotions
2nd Dec

Tips for the holiday season

No matter what the holiday season looks like for your family, here are some ideas that may help you through this time of year.

Tips for the holiday season

No matter what the holiday season looks like for your family, here are some ideas that may help you through this time of year.

Organising
1st Oct

Budgeting during a child’s cancer treatment

Many people find cancer brings extra financial demands. Often income decreases while expenses increase.

Budgeting during a child’s cancer treatment

Many people find cancer brings extra financial demands. Often income decreases while expenses increase.

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