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Sydney Children's Hospital, Oncology Social Worker

We made a three year commitment in 2004 to fund an additional oncology social work position at Sydney Children's.  The protocol for social workers includes intensive support and assistance for patients and families during the early acute phase after diagnosis and ongoing services throughout the treatment process. The existing social workers had difficulty maintaining ongoing services to outpatients and the routine daily visits to in-patients and their families because of the increased number of referrals.  Other areas of work were neglected in order to deal with the immediate needs of families. In particular the parent group, services to siblings, and ongoing service to outpatients had suffered over the preceding year. An additional social worker will allow for a reorganisation of the workload so that there is adequate cover for leave and improved continuity of service for outpatients, as well as resumption of the group program for parents.

The certainty of funding for the three year period allows for continuity of service and further analysis and planning enhancing an improved social work service to cancer patients and their families. We are most grateful for this opportunity to expand the services we provide to patients and families with the help of the Kids with Cancer Foundation." A/Proff. Glenn Marshall

At the completion of our three year commitment to fund the oncology social work position at the hospital we were approached by the head of the department with a request to continue our funding for this vital position.  We are pleased to be in a position to be able to assist and continue to this day supporting the Social Work position at Sydney Children's Hospital.  At the end of 2012 we had paid over $570,000 for this position.

Further information

We urge you to consider the children in a hospital near you.  Please donate, post cheques to: Kids with Cancer Foundation, PO Box 135 Westmead NSW 2145 or for credit cards: free-call any donations to 1800 255522, and we guarantee that 100% of these donations will be passed to families, or use this Donate now button or at the top of the page.
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