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Cancer Support for young people

Children, adolescents and young adults
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Cancer Council Tasmania offers support for children, adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer. 

There is a range of support and information available for families when a young person is diagnosed with cancer during and after treatment. 

The Under 25s program can assist with:

  • Financial support 
  • Links to relevant community services 
  • Information and resources for young people and their families 
  • Emotional support 

For further information, please contact us on 1300 65 65 85.

Financial Assistance

Where a child aged 18 years or under is diagnosed with cancer, the family can access our Rachel & Jye fund (see below). 

For those over 18 years of age, please refer to Cancer Council’s Financial Assistance Program. 

Applications for financial assistance must be completed by a social worker or member of a health care team.

Rachel & Jye Fund

Rachel & Jye Fund | Part of Cancer Council Tasmania's under 25's program

The Rachel and Jye Fund was established with the aim of providing financial assistance to Tasmanian families where a young person up to the age of 18 years is diagnosed with cancer.

The Rachel & Jye Fund offers:

  • An initial payment to Tasmanian families when a child or adolescent is diagnosed with cancer and/or experiences a relapse.
  • Travel assistance funding where interstate travel is required for treatment

For further information on the Rachel & Jye Fund contact the Cancer Support Team on 1300 65 65 85.

Seize the Day Educational Scholarships

Seize the Day Educational Scholarships | Cancer Council Tasmania

Applications open now.

Our Seize the Day Educational Scholarships help with post-secondary education costs for young Tasmanians impacted by cancer. 

Scholarships are between $500 - $2,000, depending on personal circumstances, eligibility and the impact of cancer. Funds can be used towards study-related costs such as course fees, textbooks, stationery, course equipment, transport and accommodation. 

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • aged between 16 - 25 years
  • impacted by cancer diagnosis of self or immediate family member OR bereaved by cancer
  • engaged in post-secondary education or training including university, TasTAFE, VET or an apprenticeship
  • able to provide contact details of a professional who can verify your cancer experience, i.e. teacher, support worker, social worker, nurse, doctor etc
  • permanent resident of Tasmania
  • your details will be shared with CanTeen as a part of the application process

For further information, please contact us by email:  [email protected] or call 1300 65 65 85. 

A big thank you to all our sponsors. 


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KidzCan is a financial assistance program for children and young people aged 0-25 who live in Tasmania and are impacted by their own diagnosis or that of a close family member (parent/guardian, sibling, partner or child). Referrals must be made by a social worker, psychologist, doctor, nurse or oncologist.

KidzCan will fund activities and services which improve educational outcomes, build resilience, enhance coping strategies and increase social connection. Examples include:

  • Fertility preservation for young cancer patients
  • Mental Health Support (counselling, psychologist)
  • Educational Support (tutoring, educational assessments with psychologist, technology)
  • Resilience, Wellbeing and Learning (extra-curricular activities e.g. music/art lessons, sports club fees)
  • Social Connection and Community Engagement (relevant camps and programs)

For more information please email us at [email protected], call 1300 65 65 85 or send us an enquiry via our online form.

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