Children, adolescents and young adults
Cancer Support for young people
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.
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
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
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 course in 2022 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.
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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.