Welcome to Southern Highlands Cancer Connect

This website has been developed by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee to gather in one place all the services available locally for cancer patients, their family and friends.

Since there are many organisations in our district which provide valuable support to those affected by cancer, the Committee felt it was vital that someone connect them together. In so doing, we are committed to increasing the awareness of cancer in our community and to making information about cancer agencies more readily accessible.

To the left, there are some Quick Links to local services with summaries of the help offered and relevant contact details. More services can be found under the Local Services tab above.

If you would like to get in touch with us, or to leave feedback about the website, simply click on the Contact tab.

Latest Cancer Connections

Cancer Connections - December 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cancer Council & IPTAAS accommodation help

In the October column, I mentioned the IPTAAS funding which some Southern Highlands cancer patients may be eligible for if they are required to travel out of the area for treatment. This Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme is a little complicated but a full two-page explanation of eligibility and how it works can be found on this website in the "News & Events" section.

This month I have room to say something about a related service now provided by Cancer Council NSW on the accommodation side of the equation. Cancer patients who qualify for travel assistance while they receive treatment may also be able to access IPTAAS accommodation support as well. Various subsidies are available, depending on whether the patient and carer are staying in private accommodation, a not-for-profit or a for-profit facility. To supplement this subsidy, Cancer Council NSW have forged a special arrangement with the ACCOR hotel group to provide a reduced tariff while patients are away from home. Since the ACCOR Group operates numerous hotels at different price points, there should be something to suit most people’s pocket. With the IPTAAS subsidy along with the reduced-rate tariff, this is a substantial help in defraying the costs of treatment away from home. To access these supports, patients should ring the Cancer Council NSW Information & Support line on 13 11 20 and also visit the Enable website at www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/home/iptaas

Reporting on the Trust Fund event
Readers who saw in this column last month a notice of the Garden event for the Peter Coupland Memorial Trust Fund, or who attended on the day itself, will be pleased to learn just how successful it was.

Wonderfully sunny weather was the first sure omen for an enjoyable day. That was confirmed by the strong attendance of Peter's colleagues and friends, and their friends too, who responded to the opportunity to do something in his memory. All was further heightened by the wonderful teamwork which went into the organisation for the event. And that was finally capped off when we found what a lovely setting had been made available to us. The wonderful gardens at Greyleaves, where the fundraiser was held, were opened up to all by our generous hosts, Belinda and Paul Shanahan. Spread out across the shaded grounds, guests were treated to a range of delightful refreshments – in my opinion much more grand than the advertised "Devonshire tea". And towards the end of the day, we also had the privilege of viewing an adjoining garden, courtesy of Robyn Coupland, Peter's mother. Lead organiser, Naomi Bermingham, has told me that the event raised more than $3,000 which will all go to the Trust Fund established in Peter's memory.

Pictured above : the organisers of the event (L to R) Naomi, Michelle, Belinda and Jo preparing the special afternoon tea.

Season’s Greetings
To readers of this column we send our sincere best wishes for this holiday season. For those of you on your own cancer journey, we wish that you can maintain the quality of hope. For your family, carers and friends, we wish that you sustain your continuing level of support. For those who regularly step up to the plate with help and donations to cancer charities, we thank you on behalf of all those who benefit from your generosity. For those who simply like to keep up to date on cancer matters and learn of local cancer-related events, please keep reading in 2017.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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GP After Hours Service

The GP After Hours Clinic has moved from the rear of the Southern Highlands Private Hospital and is now located at 6B Mona Rd, Bowral. The Clinic operates Saturdays 3.00pm – 5.00pm, Sundays & public holidays 10.00am -12noon and 3.00pm – 5.00pm. The clinic does not bulk bill and charges apply. Medicare rebates can be claimed for all services.


The telephone answering service operates from 5.30pm – 8.00am on weeknights, 12noon – 8.00am Saturdays and 8.00am – 8.00am the following day Sundays & Public Holidays. One GP is on call over these times to accept and respond to messages from patients taken by the call service.

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