For children and young people (birth to 18 years) with a brain or spinal cord tumour.
- financial assistance
- annual family camps
- family coastal retreats
- education scholarships
t: 1300 272 462
Offers a range of services for young people (12 to 25 years) dealing with cancer in the family:
- advocacy and support in areas such as school/work
- peer-to-peer suppor, both online and groupwork
- counselling services for young patients and their siblings
- youth-friendly information and resources
t: 1800 835 932 or 07 3108 1444
Camp Quality provides programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children (birth to 13 years) who are growing up with cancer.
- primary school education program
- kids’ camps, family camps, unique family experiences and family fun days
- hospital support
t: 07 3216 0299
Free support services for families affected by blood cancers and related disorders.
- accommodation for regional patients and transport assistance during treatment
- counselling and emotional support
- financial and Centrelink assistance
- specialised grief/bereavement counselling for parents and families
- educational seminars, free booklets, fact sheets and story books about blood cancers
t: 1800 620 420
Childhood Cancer Support
Supporting children (birth to 18 years) living with cancer and their families.
- long and short-term accommodation for regional and rural families
- transport service for paediatric oncology families
- dedicated family support officer on site for emotional and practical support
- social events, including Annual Camp CRYSTAL and Talk Like a Pirate Day™
t: 07 3844 5000
Essential support for children and young people (birth to 24 years) with cancer and their families including:
- financial assistance for essential expenses
- counselling, information and group support
- education and career support
- bereavement support
- sibling support
t: 1800 733 548
Cancer Council Queensland
Cancer Council Queensland is dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with cancer, through research, patient care, prevention and early detection.
- cancer information and support service (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
- referrals to emotional and practical support program
- Cancer counselling service for individuals 18 years and over, their parents or adults affected by a child or young person’s cancer diagnosis. No fee for service.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Supporting families of seriously sick or injured children (birth to 18 years) by providing:
- accommodation at Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane (07 3845 1600) and Ronald McDonald House Herston (07 3257 0328)
- a comfortable place in which to take a break and relax away from the clinical environment in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Queensland Children’s Hospital
- support to assist children catch up on their learning through the Ronald McDonald Learning Program
t: 07 3257 0328
Supporting children and young people (birth to 18 years) with potentially life limiting diseases, including cancer.
- short break stays for children/young people and their families
- complex symptom management, holistic end-of-life and after-death care
- support to access psychosocial and bereavement services
- art, music, hydro and occupational therapy
t: 07 3621 4364
Starlight’s mission is ‘to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families’. Starlight offers:
- the Starlight Express Room on Level 6 of the hospital
- bedside visits from Captain Starlight (please call 3068 2365 to book)
- a 24-hour Starlight TV channel with two TV shows at 10:30am and 3:30pm
- lending services
- Livewire program for teens (12+) which includes bedside visits
- Livewire ‘Teen Only’ space from 6pm-7:30pm in the Starlight Express Room
- an online community for teens at www.livewire.org.au
- a wish granting program for children and young people (4 to 22 years)
t: 1300 727 827 (general hotline)
t: 07 3068 2365 (to book in-hospital services)
Lymphoma Australia nurses can help you navigate the lymphoma journey and connect you with others and the appropriate support networks.
- free Lymphoma Nurse Hotline provides dedicated lymphoma care nurses to help you better understand all aspects of the lymphoma journey
- information packs
- educational and support meetings
t: 1800 953 081
Make A Wish
Specialise in granting unique, creative and life-changing wishes for children and teenagers (3 to 18 years) with life-threatening conditions.
t: 1800 032 260
Kids with Cancer Foundation
Supporting children with cancer (birth to 12 years) and their families.
- financial assistance for household bills and/or expenses pertaining to a family’s everyday living, respite, accommodation, funerals and much more
t: 1800 255 522
Youth Cancer Service
- provides specialist treatment and support for young people (15–25 years) with cancer
- multidisciplinary team (medical, nursing, social work and psychology) is available to help you and your family get through the challenges of being an adolescent with a cancer diagnosis
Deaf Children Australia
- Unbiased information, guidance and support via face to face meetings or phone contact
- Trained support parents to talk to – who all have deaf or hard of hearing children of their own
- The opportunity to ask support parents questions about the hearing loss journey from the point of diagnosis and throughout
- Opportunities to meet with Life Stories Mentors who are all deaf adults with a wealth of experience to share
- Access to POD – a parent support network which provides social gatherings for deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families
t: 0424 782 027
helpline: 1800 645 916
Queensland Children’s Hospital wig library
The Queensland Children’s Hospital wig library is a free service for all teenage patients with cancer. A range of hair styles and colours are available, and a volunteer hairdresser helps teenagers choose and style the wig. Please contact your Clinical Nurse Consultant to book an appointment.