Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Radiation Oncology

Social Worker

The Social Worker's role within the Cancer Services is to offer support during a patient's cancer diagnosis and treatment.

It is acknowleadged that diagnosis of a serious illness either for oneself or someone close is a difficult and trying time. Coping with the disease and treatment can raise feeling of fear, shock, confusion and disbelief.

Everyone will react differently to this situation and there is no right or wrong way to respond. At this time it may be of great benefit to discuss these feelings and issues with a Social worker who is trained in working with families, bereavement, crisis, individual and group counselling.

They can assist you and your family to manage and understand your diagnosis and treatment through liaison with other Health Professionals within the community services sector.

Social Workers can also offer assistance with a range of practical needs. In some cases practical issues come mroe into focus at this time. Hence assistance can be offered with:

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Finance
  • Discharge planning
  • Referral to appropriate community/support services

Social Workers adhere to a strict rule of confidentiality in dealings with patients and their families, and the service is free of charge.

If you require assistance with the Social Worker, please let your Radiation Oncologist or your radiotherapy team know so they can make a referral for you. Alternatively, you can ring the social Work department directly on 02 9515 9902.