Consumer and community engagement is vital to the work of HRICS
- Mr Michael Kalimnios, HRICS Chair
What is Cancer?

Cancer is the growth of abnormal (malignant) cells which grow in an uncontrolled manner in any part of the body.  Normally, cells in the body repair and grow in a controlled manner.  This system is maintained by having ‘checkpoints’ within the body that ensure the growth of healthy cells.  When this system fails for whatever reason, cancer can occur.  These cancer cells can then spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body via the lymphatic system or bloodstream.


Cancer Council Australia provides up-to-date information that is both accurate and reliable in regards to all aspects of cancer care.  Information covered in this website includes, but is not limited to such concerns as: what is cancer, types of cancer, diagnosis and treatment, and managing side effects. 

The link to this website is provided below:


The Cancer Council website provides a guide as to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer and assists in ensuring you receive the best possible care.


The following organisations provide cancer care to patients within the Hume region.  Discuss with your oncologist, or radiation oncologist, as to where you would like to receive your cancer treatment.  Depending upon your diagnosis and treatment pathway, you may be required to travel to Melbourne for treatment that is not available in regional areas.

Hospital Locations

124 Corio Street
VIC 3630
Telephone: (03) 5825 9700

Seymour Health Cancer Service 
Bretonneux Street
Telephone: (03) 5832 3777

Shepparton Private Hospital
20 Fitzgerald Street
VIC 3630
Telephone: (03) ) 5832 1200

Northeast Health Wangaratta
Oncology Day Unit
Community Care Centre

4/12 Clark Street
VIC 3677
Telephone: (03) 5722 5194


Goulburn Valley Health

Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre

Graham Street

Shepparton, VIC 3630

Telephone: (03) 5832 3777

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre 
201 Borella Road
East Albury NSW 2640
Telephone: (02) 6064 1600

Supportive Care

Supportive care means the provision of services, information and resources a person may need: 
• before and after a cancer diagnosis 
• during treatment 
• after treatment

People with cancer have diverse supportive care needs across the care pathway. These needs could be: 
• physical 
• emotional 
• social 
• psychological 
• informational 
• spiritual 
• practical

Depending on your needs you can be referred to other local services such as a dietician or social worker to help support you.

WeCan is an Australian supportive care website to help people affected by cancer find the information, resources and support services they may need following a diagnosis of cancer. The site provides easy access to the many excellent resources, services and information developed by other organisations who specialise in cancer and community support.

Useful Information


Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Council Victoria

Cancer Council NSW

Accessing Support Groups:
Please contact your local Cancer Centre to speak to the relevant support nurse to link you into a cancer support group in your area.

Cancer Council Victoria:

Cancer Council NSW:


Hume Region Supportive Care Nurse Services

Both public and private patients can utilise this service by self-referral or health professional referral.

There is no charge for this service

Upper GI and Bowel Cancer Support Nurse

Katie Emanuelli
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 3.30pm


Goulburn Region:

Goulburn Valley Health
Peter Copulos Cancer & Wellness Centre,

Graham Street Shepparton 3630 VIC
Phone    (03) 5832-3777
Fax    (03) 5832-2658


Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses

Sonia Strachan
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm


Nicole Lewis
Monday & Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm


Breast Care Support Nurses

Melissa Gilmour – GV Health Breast Care Nurse

Michelle Parish – McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm


Only Public patients can utilise this service by self-referral or health professional referral.
There is no charge for this service

Cancer Care Coordinator

Paula Norman
Thursday, Friday & alternative Wednesdays – 8.00am to 4.30pm


Gynaecology Support Nurse    

Melissa Gilmour 
Available Monday to Friday


Both public and private patients can utilise this service by self-referral or health professional referral.

There is no charge for this service

Ovens Murray Region:

Albury Wodonga Health / Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
201 - 239 Borella Road,

Albury NSW 2640

Breast Care Support Nurses
Robyn Goldsworthy
McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Tel:  02 6064 1576

Mob: 0428 284 642

Gabi Pulla 
McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Tel: 02 6064 1544

Mob: 0428 022 844
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm

Cancer Care Coordinators
Kate Robinson
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
Tel: 02 6064 1539

Nicole Webb
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
Tel: 02 6064 1539
Monday to Thursday & alternating Fridays – 8.30am to 5.00pm


Northeast Health Wangaratta
4/12 Clark Street
VIC 3677
Telephone: (03) 5722 5194


Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Support
Northeast Health’s breast care and gynaecological cancer service offer specialist support to women and men with breast cancer and to women with gynaecological cancers.
Phone: (03) 5722 5473
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm

Cancer Support Nurses
Cancer support nurses are located in the Oncology Unit at Northeast Health and offer support and information to those who are affected by cancer.
Phone: (03) 5722 5194
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm


Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse

Community Nursing

Offering support to those with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

This service is available 3 days per week, 8:00am to 4.:30pm.  Please call to confirm days.

Phone: (03) 5722 5355

Palliative Care

What is palliative care?
When an illness cannot be cured, the focus of care changes to helping people to have the best quality of life possible while managing their symptoms. Palliative care concentrates on maintaining quality of life by addressing physical symptoms, such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath etc. It also helps with emotional, social and spiritual needs. Palliative care services support the person who is ill, as well as their carers and family.

Who is palliative care for?
Palliative care can be introduced at the time of diagnosis, during the course of the illness, at the end of life and in bereavement. Palliative care can be given alongside treatments provided by other doctors or services. Palliative care may increase, reduce or stop, as your needs change. It is not limited to the last days or weeks of life.

Where is palliative care provided? 
Palliative care is provided in the home, residential aged care facilities, hospitals and other health care centres.

What does palliative care offer?
The palliative care service provides home visit palliative care consultation, offering advice, support and assistance to people to help make informed choices about care options.

Palliative care services offer:
•    Specialist palliative care assessments;
•    Care coordination;
•    Symptom support, advice and management;
•    Practical support for everyday activities;
•    Equipment loans;
•    Individual and family emotional support;
•    Bereavement care; and
•    After hours telephone advice from specialist palliative care nurses.

 Palliative care team includes:
•    Specialist Palliative Care Nurses
•    Bereavement support workers
•    Family Support workers
•    Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators
•    The teams work closely with other health professionals including (but not limited to) Physicians, GP’s and District Nurses.
•    The teams are supported with secondary consultation and advice from the East Hume Palliative Care Consultancy Services, the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service and St Vincent’s Health Specialist Palliative Care Physicians.


How can I access the palliative care service?
You and your family can contact the service directly or be referred by your GP or other healthcare provider. The person being referred must consent to the referral and the involvement of their local GP to support care needs.
If you are not sure if palliative care is for you, call your nearest palliative care service or GP for a discussion and advice.

Community Palliative Care Services in the Hume Region

Benalla Palliative Care Service
Benalla Health
Ph: (03) 5761 4207
Fax: (03) 5761 4211 

Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service
Ph: (03) 5822 0068
Fax: (03) 5831 6570 

Lower Hume Palliative Care Service
Seymour Health
Ph: (03) 5735 8070
Fax: (03) 5735 8067 

Moira Palliative Care Service
NCN Health
Ph: (03) 5862 0558
Fax: (03) 5862 0569 

NHW Palliative Care Service
Northeast Health Wangaratta
Ph: (03) 5722 5184
Fax: (03) 5722 5419 

Wodonga Palliative Care Service
Albury Wodonga Health
Ph: (02) 6051 7423
Fax: (02) 6058 4314 

For further information:

Go to Palliative Care Victoria including the Victorian palliative care service search directory.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials are medical research studies that aim to find a more effective way to manage a particular disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate new approaches to learn how people respond to them and what side effects might occur as a result. Clinical trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine and are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness.  Talk to your medical practitioner to seek advice on clinical trials.

Useful Information

Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register 

Australian Cancer Trials Registry

Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Australia-Australian Cancer Trials

Cancer Institute NSW

Cancer Trials Australia

GV Health Oncology Clinical Trials
GV Health currently participates in national and international trials to access new treatments that contribute to medical research.  For enquiries about current trials or participation, contact the Clinical Trials Co-Ordinator on (03) 5832 3777.

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Oncology Clinical Trials
Border Medical Oncology
Ph: 02 6064 1515
Fax: 02 6064 1516


Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre(ACSC)
Over 1 million Australians are living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis.
This is due to advances in early detection, better treatments and ageing of the population. Many of these people go on to lead normal if not extraordinary lives, while for some cancer has a lasting impact. This can include ongoing side effects of treatment, fear of a cancer relapse or other physical, emotional, financial and social concerns.

In the past, cancer care has focused on diagnosis and treatment. However, international research shows it is just as important to help cancer survivors cope with life beyond their acute treatment. It is important that survivors receive the right information and support at the right time.


Cancer Wellness Programs
Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract many of the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. Find out more about exercise and cancer using the buttons below.



Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program
This free 8-week exercise and education program can provide you with information and help, and also help you and those around you develop practical strategies for managing life now and moving to wellness. 

This program is run by trained health professionals, supported by Cancer Council Victoria, GV Health, Northeast Health, NCN Health & Seymour Health.   

This local group program can assist you to: 
•    Increase your fitness and strength 
•    Improve your ability to perform daily tasks 
•    Learn how to manage life now 
•    Identify local support services available 
•    Better manage fatigue 
•    Adjust to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment 

To find out more about the Cancer Wellness & Exercise program please contact your local health service:

GV Health: Allied Health team on 1800 222 582 (select option 4) 
Northeast Health Wangaratta: (03)5722 5523
NCN Health Numurkah: (03) 5832 0560
Seymour Health: (03) 5735 8050


Albury Wodonga Health / Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
The AWRCC wellness program offers an exercise program (currently held virtually), mindfulness sessions, physio and massage.
Call the Wellness Centre Coordinator on 02 6064 1562 for further details

Primary Care Connect – Community Cancer Exercise Program
This is a continuation of the GV Health Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program.  The program is available a few times per week and requires a referral from the GVH exercise physiologist post completion of the GV Health Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program.  


Primary Care Connect 
399 Wyndham Street, 
Phone: (03) 5823 3200 

Support Group

The AWRCC Wellness Centre has started a support group for Parents/Carers of Kids with Cancer in partnership with Countryhope and have a clinician from Canteen that joins via videoconferencing.  Canteen will be providing a range of workshops for educators/wellbeing officers, parents/carers & health professionals.

AWRCC Wellness Centre will be delivering the Next Steps program and plan on starting the first course early in July.  The exercise program delivered by Next Steps will run in collaboration with the Cancer Council Cancer Wellness program.


For more information with events ans news, visit the AWRCC Facebook page.


More information can also be obtained from:

Ben Engel

AWRCC Wellness Centre Coordinator

Ph (02)6064 1562



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