Cancer survivorship

Our caring and experienced team offer the following services to manage symptoms during cancer treatment and support your return to activity and wellbeing.
 

Before and during cancer treatment services

Exercise prescription: Exercise assessment and tailored exercise prescription program to counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. We offer individual and group support, access to gym and flexible services including telehealth and home visiting.

Nutrition: Optimise nutrition and assist with barriers to dietary intake, such as symptoms common with cancer treatment. Examples include appetite loss, nausea, taste changes, and altered bowels.

Emotional wellbeing: Psychologists available to support you with:

  • adjusting to a diagnosis of cancer and coping with stressors related to treatment
  • low mood and anxiety related to cancer and its treatment
  • chronic and acute pain management
  • health changing behaviours such as increasing motivation to exercise and having a healthy diet.

Wellness during and beyond treatment: Occupational Therapists are available to support you with:

  • assessment and management of memory and attention issues related to daily living
  • mindfulness group and individual programs- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Management (MBCT)
  • procedural anxiety- related to having needles or other procedures.

Physical symptom management: Assessment and treatment for presentations, for example:

  • decreased sensation and balance, pain when moving a joint, stiffness, swelling (physiotherapy)
  • oedema/ lymphoedema (Occupational Therapy)
  • voice or swallowing concerns (Speech Pathology)
  • hearing concerns (Audiology)
  • continence symptom management (bowel and bladder)
  • specialist physiotherapy support and treatment for women and men.

Survivorship services:
  • Psychologists available to support emotional survivorship:
    • fear of cancer recurrence and survivorship issues
    • personal growth—building self-esteem and confidence, identifying values and beliefs
  • Services to support:
    • mindfulness programs to support you build your capacity to return to life including family, leisure and work responsibilities
    • return to healthy weight and nourishment services
    • rehabilitation of voice, swallowing
    • rehabilitation of balance and physical condition
    • return to work readiness
    • memory/attention
    • driving
    • hearing assessment.


Medicare rebates

Discuss with your GP a chronic disease management plan to access up to a total of five services in a calendar year for one or a mix of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and dietitian services.

Discuss with your GP a mental health management treatment plan to access up to a total of 10 psychology focussed services in a calendar year.

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For further details please contact Mater Health and Wellness or request a booking.

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