Tip Sheets to Support You

HeadwayHealth has a range of tip sheets on helpful topics for people dealing with cancer are available for download. See the full list below.

HeadwayHealth Tip Sheets

Managing Stress
Looking After Yourself
When Feeling Down or Lacking Energy
Identifying Values in Life
Managing Unhelpful Thoughts
Thought Monitoring Diary
Getting a Good Nights Sleep
Enhancing Intimacy
Dealing with Hair Loss
Helping Children Adjust
Managing our Limits of Coping
Maintaining Health and Wellbeing
Experiencing Changes in Your Family, Separating or Divorcing
Accepting and Managing Offers of Help
Emotional Side Effects – The impact on those having treatment for brain cancer
Communicating Effectively with Your Care Team

A number of tip sheets are reproduced with permission from Ausmed from Psychosocial Care of Patients: A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do  2006, Hodgkinson K, Gilchrist J, Ausmed Pubs.

Relaxation Tools

Jessica Medd, Senior Clinical Psychologist at HeadwayHealth has developed an audio recording of relaxation exercises breathing skills to help you to learn and develop calming skills. The recording is available free of charge, please contact us via our Contact Form so that we can share these with you.

Online Resources & Webinars

…with contributions from our team:

Webinar – “Communicating with your treatment team, children, families, and others.”  Dr Katharine Hodgkinson, Denise Firth, Ovarian Cancer Australia 2016
Open communication with those around you can often be helpful in navigating and coping with a cancer diagnosis. Dr Katharine Hodgkinson discusses communicating with your medical team and offers some strategies for discussing cancer with your family, including talking about cancer with the children in your life. Denise Firth has been living with Ovarian Cancer for years and shares her personal experience of communicating with her treatment team, family and friends. Katharine and Denise also discuss the issue of how much to share of your cancer experience with your larger network and how best to respond to comments or advice which may be hurtful or discomforting.

Webinar – “Bowel Cancer at Work: How will I Cope Going Back to Work?” Cancer Council NSW 2015. Panel Biographies : Ben Bravery, Dr Katharine Hodgkinson and Naomi Houston

Returning to work after treatment for bowel cancer presents many issues not faced by other cancers. This webinar will provide some practical information and strategies regarding how to cope and also communicate with your employer and colleagues. Click on the link to listen to the webinar.  Please note you have to register with Cancer Council NSW using this link to gain access to the webinar.

BC at work

Webinar – Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster, presented by Dr Katharine Hodgkinson at a Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA) Patient Information Day.

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External Resources

There is a lot of information available on the internet – both helpful and unhelpful – so only search reputable sites. Information offers general suggestions only; always consult your doctor on matters that affect your health.  HeadwayHealth is based in NSW Australia so please also note that some sites are based inter-state and overseas and therefore information and services are not relevant in other contexts.  All care was taken to ensure accuracy of the links listed below at the time of compilation.

The Cancer Council information helpline on ph. 13 11 20 can direct you to relevant sites and general information for your personal situation. Some links to generic sites are offered below. Please see HeadwayHealth’s full Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.