Oncology Social Worker

Southern Tasmania Area Health ServicesTasmanian Health Service - Southern Region

Oncology Social Worker

Oncology social workers provide counselling and other services which can reduce stress for patients and their family through all phases of their cancer.

How can they help?

  • Assist patients with coping with their diagnosis of cancer and the many emotions they may experience
  • Understand financial supports available
  • Link patients and families into community services

What they offer?

  • Individual counselling and support
  • Planning for discharge home from hospital
  • Residential care planning
  • Advocacy

What can they teach patients about?

  • Talking with their treatment team members
  • Talking with their children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Coping with their emotions — sadness, anger, worry and fears
  • Reducing stress and using relaxation skills
  • How cancer affects sex, intimacy, fertility, and feeling good about their body
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experienced and resources to help long term
  • Advance care directives
  • Palliative care

Can help patients access

  • Transportation to and from medical care
  • Temporary accommodation during treatment
  • Referrals for support

How to contact

Location: Ground Floor, A Block, Holman Clinic

Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday

Telephone: 6166 7938 or 6166 8275

Or contact the Royal Hobart Hospital Social Work Department 6166 8354