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The support services team at Mater Cancer Care Centres are a highly skilled and dedicated team that work to support you through your treatment or cancer journey. From specially trained care coordinators to nutrition and dietetics and physiotherapy, our support services team offers a full range of services to help you.
When you commence your chemotherapy cancer treatment at Mater Cancer Care Centre you will be introduced to a care coordinator. Care coordinators are nurse specialists who help to support and coordinate your treatments and connect you with other services you may need. They are a great source of support and information for patients.
Haematology and oncology care coordinators are available at Mater Cancer Care Centre, which is located at South Brisbane.
Palliative care coordinators are available at all Mater Cancer Care Centre facilities throughout Queensland.
Allied Health services
Mater patients receiving cancer treatment and care may be eligible to access nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, social work and psychology services.
These allied health professionals can support you and your family to:
During cancer treatment, side effects and symptoms, such as memory and attention changes, fatigue, sleep, nausea and vomiting, are common and may be caused by different reasons. Learning how best to manage these side effects may help with your quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
Below is more information about the support services available to you.
Upon admission or arrival at Mater, please let us know if you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. This will help Mater staff to respond to your healthcare needs.
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Mater patients can access an interpreter (a person with a qualification in one or more languages including AUSLAN) to explain a diagnosis and treatment in a preferred language.
Lymphoedema is a condition where an accumulation of excessive amounts of fluid in the tissue results in swelling of one or more regions of the body. Lymphoedema can arise as a result of some cancer treatments.
Lymphoedema therapists are available to assist with early detection, assessment and management of lymphoedema.
If you have any questions or concerns about lymphoedema, please speak with your treating doctor or medical team.
Dietary management during and post cancer treatment can assist patients to better tolerate treatment, optimise outcomes and improve quality of life during cancer treatment and survivorship. Nutrition and dietetics support services include:
If you have any concerns, need further information or wish to be referred to see a dietitian, please speak with your treating doctor or cancer care coordinator.
During and after your cancer treatment, occupational therapists provide specialist interventions to address physical independence, lymphoedema, memory, fatigue, depression, sleep, and anxiety related to medical procedures. Occupational therapy support services include:
Patients who have completed their cancer treatment may be eligible to attend the eight-week mindfulness group program. This program is called Mind and Body Wellbeing through Cancer Treatment and Beyond group.
Please contact allied health administration on 3163 6000 to self-refer or for more details. Alternatively, you may request to speak with the oncology occupational therapist at your next appointment for more information.
During and after cancer treatment, physiotherapy can support you with specialist interventions to address pain, movement, strength and functional independence and fitness. Physiotherapy support services include:
Individual and group programs
Patients undergoing cancer treatment may be eligible to access individual or group physiotherapy programs. Programs include:
Please contact allied health administration on 3163 6000 to self-refer or for more details. Alternatively, please speak with your treating doctor or medical team.
Psychology support services may help you with:
Living Well after Cancer Group
Women who have completed their treatment for breast and gynaecological cancer may be eligible to attend the Living Well after Cancer group. This support group is designed to assist breast and gynaecological cancer survivors with life after cancer treatment and fear of recurrence.
If you would like to access our psychology support services, please speak with your treating doctor or medical team.
Being diagnosed with cancer can turn your world upside down. While everyone will experience this differently, many people can experience a range of emotions which may also impact those around them. You don’t need to face things on your own, Social Workers can assist you and your family during your treatment.
Social Workers may;
Please note, social workers are available Monday to Friday. Please speak with your treating doctor or medical team, if you would like more information about our social work support services.
It is common for people who are undergoing cancer treatments to experience difficulty swallowing. Speech pathologists are trained to provide specialist assessment, advice and treatment of swallowing disorders during or following treatment. Speech pathology support services include:
Some cancers and treatments may result in changes to a person’s ability to communicate. Speech pathologists are able to provide specialised assessment and intervention for language disorders (e.g. difficulties finding the right word) or speech disorders (e.g. slurred speech) upon request.
Any adult patient who is experiencing these difficulties as a result of their cancer or treatment can be referred to a Mater speech pathologist via their specialist or general practitioner.
For enquiries or to make an appointment please contact us.
Meet the Mater Cancer Care Centre team of dedicated specialists.