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BCNA News 28 Jun 2018

New workplace supports for people affected by breast cancer

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has developed a range of resources and supports – including an online hub – to help people to overcome the challenges of continuing or returning to work after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

As survival rates continue to increase, there is an ongoing need to address the long-term health and well-being of people diagnosed with breast cancer.

Though work can play a significant role in recovery from breast cancer, it is a frequently overlooked area of a person’s wellbeing.

While there is a well-established support system in Australia for injured workers, return to work programs for chronic illness, and cancer, in particular, continues to lag behind.

BCNA is committed to improving support for people in the workforce who are diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their employers and colleagues.

The new online work and breast cancer hub, which can be found on BCNA’s website, includes a range of information on:

  • how breast cancer treatments may affect a person’s work
  • effective communication between employees, employers and colleagues
  • accessing financial supports
  • rights and responsibilities in the workplace
  • facing breast cancer as a self-employed person
  • supporting someone in the workplace affected by breast cancer.

The online hub and new resources were developed in response to research BCNA conducted in 2016, which found that many people face significant challenges in returning to or continuing to work after a breast cancer diagnosis.

BCNA’s online network is a place for people affected by breast cancer to connect and share experiences and includes moderated discussions about returning to work, working through treatment, and managing any other concerns.

People diagnosed with breast cancer, their employers and colleagues are encouraged to visit BCNA’s website or call BCNA’s Helpline on 1800 500 258 for further information, support and referral.

BCNA gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Sussan in funding research and resource development for this project. This project is a Cancer Australia Supporting Women in Rural Areas Diagnosed With Breast Cancer program initiative, funded by the Australian Government.


Share your story:

If you would like to share your experiences of work after a breast cancer diagnosis please email Daina Patt, Programs Manager on Stories should be no more than half a page long (200–300 words) and include an image.