Patient support programs

Find the support you need

Being diagnosed with breast cancer always comes as a shock. 

You may feel that your life has spun out of your control; you may experience feelings of confusion and maybe even anger. 

In a word, it’s overwhelming. 

But you don’t have to face the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment alone. We’re here to help you. 

Through Mater Chicks in Pink you can gain access to tangible support items, such as hospital care packs, mastectomy bras and wigs, and much needed emotional support when you need it. 

Connecting face-to-face with others who are going through, or have gone through, a similar experience can be very beneficial, which is why Mater Chicks in Pink funds support programs and information sessions for women with breast cancer. 

These free support programs have been designed to enhance the lives of women with breast cancer and are designed for women and their families. ‚Äč

After my mastectomy surgery, the Mater Chicks in Pink team had already been to my room and left me things I didn't even know I would need. There were two soft pink pillows (two because I had a double mastectomy), a writing set to help remember the huge amount of information that I was given, some socks and information pamphlets as well.

Leanne, diagnosed with breast cancer at 45.

Some of the support services and programs currently on offer at Mater include:

 

Mothers’ Group

After a breast cancer diagnosis, many women suffer feelings of sadness, worry and even isolation and often don’t want to share these concerns with their family and friends. The support groups funded through Mater Chicks in Pink give women a chance to meet on a regular basis, share common issues and support one another through their experience with breast cancer. Find out more information.

 

Creative Express art therapy

Relax, laugh and enjoy yourself through colour, texture and design by joining the Creative Express art therapy group at Mater Private Hospital Redland. 

More than just a pleasant way to pass the time, art therapy is a proven complementary therapy for cancer patients. Relief from stress and anxiety is among the reported benefits, as is bonding with other women in the same situation. 

“I’m fairly artistic by nature—I used to be a primary school teacher. Our art therapy sessions are my way of coping. When you’re worried about results, it’s nice to have a pleasant distraction” - Lynne. 

Find out more information.

 

To see a full list of support programs, or to make an enquiry please email reception.privatebreastcancercentre@mater.org.au or call 07 3163 1166.