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Treatment for cancer can sometimes cause the day to day tasks of living to become difficult and overwhelming for patients and their families.

The Practical Support Program provides short-term practical relief for people under the age of 65yrs with cancer, where treatment is making it difficult to manage day to day tasks.  We can also help you find relevant community services that may be able to assist you.

For people over the age of 65yrs, we would suggest accessing government funded services through My Aged Care.

What can we help with?

  • house cleaning (dusting, vacuuming/mopping of floors,
  • cleaning of bathroom/toilet areas)
  • laundry (washing, hanging up/bringing in laundry, ironing)
  • changing of bed linen
  • cleaning of kitchen area and surrounds including refrigerators and wipe down of benches/cupboards
  • does not cover window cleaning, spring cleaning and/or industrial cleans
  • basic gardening such as lawn mowing, weeding, hedging and pruning
  • does not cover tree trimming/removal, gutter cleaning or rubbish removal
  • provided either in-home or through a registered child care centre to enable individuals to attend treatment

Eligibility criteria

An individual referred to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • aged under 65 years (or 50 years if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
  • confirmed diagnosis of cancer
  • undergoing further investigations, cancer treatment, or have completed cancer treatment within the last six months.


  • Individuals who can self-fund or whose family and/or friends can provide practical or financial support to reduce the practical hardship
  • Individuals over 65 years (or 50 years if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) who are eligible for or in receipt of Commonwealth-funded aged care services through My Aged Care (e.g. CHSP, HSP)

We're here

For more information contact Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

We encourage you to discuss your situation with your social worker at your treatment. If you do not have access to a social worker or require further information, please call 13 11 20 to speak with a nurse to discuss your eligibility.