Menu arrow


managing work and finances


Supporting a young person through cancer means practical issues like going to work or managing bills can become significant worries. We’ve put together some general advice below, but to get specific information on the support available to you in your area, we recommend talking with your hospital social worker or a member of the Redkite support team

managing work

It's up to you how much you tell your employer about your situation. You have no legal obligation to tell them, but there may be benefits to doing so. The more information an employer has, the more they may be able to support you through things like giving additional leave or letting you work from home or outside normal hours.


Along with talking to your employer, it’s also a good idea to speak to your HR department, as they may have information on the different types of leave you have available. 


Other good sources of information and support include: 

  • The Working Carers Gateway – factsheets as well as useful information about how to juggle work and caring responsibilities
  • The Cancer Council’s information on working with cancer – for both employees and employers
  • Fair Work Ombudsman (13 13 94) – advice if you think your employer is discriminating against you because of the situation or if you have any legal concerns

cancer and your finances


Unfortunately the bills don’t stop during cancer. In fact there are often extra financial demands like extra travel or accommodation expenses, hospital parking, additional childcare or medication costs.


Your hospital social worker and the Redkite support team will be able to give you information about the support available in your particular situation. This might include: 

  • The support of a financial counsellor to reduce, delay or waive bills and other payments
  • Carer payments through Centrelink
  • Support through the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS)

Don’t forget, Redkite’s financial assistance is also available to you for up to 12 months after treatment ends.


Last updated September 2015.