ESA Wig and Turban Service


“It was a lifesaver for me – what a truly wonderful service to have available and the support of the team at such a vulnerable time of your life.” ESA Wig and Turban recipient.

Dealing with hair loss is a very individual experience; some people like to wear a wig while others find hats, scarves and turbans to be more comfortable and attractive. Deciding what is right for you is the most important thing.

About our Service

We offer a private wig and turban fitting with a range of wigs and headwear to choose from. The service, including the wig and/or turbans, is at no cost and delivered by trained volunteers.

We provide

  • A selection of high-quality synthetic wigs in different styles and colours
  • A range of soft, fabric turbans generously sewn by our volunteers
  • A wig fitting with one of our trained volunteers
  • An appointment in a private and supportive environment


All Queenslanders over the age of 18 experiencing hair loss due as a result of their cancer treatment are eligible for the ESA Wig and Turban service.

Where can I find the service?

Cancer Council Queensland provides face to face appointments in a variety of places in Queensland and online virtual appointments. The days and hours of operation are specific to each location. Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 to find out when a service is available near you or online.

Online virtual appointments ensure people can have an appointment regardless of where they are, where they live or how they are feeling on the day. All that’s needed is a computer, phone or tablet and Microsoft Teams to connect. Assistance is available if you need support to access the online appointment.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. The service is by appointment only. The service is run by volunteers, and this helps us to make sure we have a volunteer available and have wigs of your choice prepared for you in advance.

When you call 13 11 20 to book an appointment you will be asked about what type of wig you would like e.g., length, colour and style. Volunteers than prepare a selection of wigs for your appointment to meet your individual preferences.

For all appointments people can include family members or other supporters. Family, friends and other supporters can attend in person or be included online.

Call Cancer Council Queensland 13 11 20 to book your appointment.

Wig donation

Cancer Council Queensland no longer accept donations of used wigs due to health and safety regulations. We do gratefully accept the donation of clean synthetic wigs in good condition to support the Wig and Turban service.

To donate, please send your brand new synthetic wigs to:
Wig and Turban Service
Cancer Council Queensland
553 Gregory Terrace
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Hair loss

Looking after your wig

See our brochure on how to take care of your synthetic wig to keep it looking good, and help it last longer

Wearing a wig

Watch some tips from Diane Haynes on wearing and styling a wig.

Find out why we recommend wearing a synthetic wig, follow the step-by-step guide on fitting a wig, and learn how to care for and style a synthetic wig

Videos produced by Cancer Council Victoria

Wearing a headscarf

Watch some tips from Dr Susan Carland on wearing and styling a headscarf

Learn about materials to use, where to buy and style tips and follow the step-by-step guides on styling a rectangular and a square shaped headscarf

Videos produced by Cancer Council Victoria

Turban Patterns

Would you like to sew your own turbans or a turban for a loved one? Please download one of our turban patterns

This service is generously sponsored by ESA International Queensland.