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Finance tips from parents of kids with cancer

Redkite asked parents to share their top financial tips for getting through their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Tip One – Be informed

“Access financial services – know exactly what is available and how to access it.”

“Seek financial advice. The loss of income is a big burden and can be very stressful.”

Tip Two – Find your paperwork

“Take your and your partner’s birth certificate, passport etc as you will need this when organising carers payment with Centrelink.”

Tip Three – Let your family and friends help you

Flowers are pretty and thoughtful, but it’s okay if you want to tell people specifically what you need.

“Get a Starbucks Card. People try to help with presents but instead they can put a few dollars on the Starbucks card – you always need a coffee!”

Tip Four – Save on parking

“Parking on site can be expensive. Check in with the social worker to see if there is a monthly parking pass or discount.”

For parents going to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne: “When parking, there is now a pass you can get for the machine on entry and exit rather than having to go to security every day for the discount.”

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