What is the difference between Care Plus and my usual cancer care?Care Plus offers an extra layer of support in addition to your usual care from your cancer care team. Care Plus focuses on supporting the person with cancer as well as their family and friends. Our multidisciplinary team works together to meet your physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs. It also provides advice, support and education to family and friends.
Can I bring my family member, friend or personal carer?"Yes. You are welcome to bring your family, friends or personal carer(s) to your Care Plus appointments.
Where will Care Plus appointments take place?You can be seen by the Care Plus team in the hospital as an outpatient or inpatient. For outpatient appointments, telehealth services are also available.
What is the cost involved with seeing the Care Plus team?All Care Plus appointments will be covered by Medicare. As needed, and in discussion with you, the Care Plus team may link you to services that you receive at home or outside of a hospital, which may cost money. Some examples of things that might cost extra are: hiring specialised equipment for use at home paying for medicines paying respite services that charge a fee paying the fee of a private health professional, such as a psychologist, that isn’t fully covered by Medicare paying for complementary therapies, such as massage therapy and acupuncture
How can I contact the Care Plus team?For all enquiries, please click on the relevant hospital email link below: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Lyell McEwin Hospital
Cancer Australia aims to enable people affected by cancer to access quality support and to better support each other.
eviQ provides a corresponding patient information sheet for every cancer treatment protocol available on the website.
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