Workers affected by cancer offered specialised support

Prof. Joanne Aitken

Queensland employees distressed by cancer now have greater access to specialised psychological support, thanks to a partnership raising awareness of cancer-related stress in the workplace.

AccessEAP has joined forces with Cancer Council Queensland to offer specialised face-to-face or telephone counselling to their customer’s employees and families affected by cancer.

CEO of AccessEAP, Sally Kirkright, said employees and their families would be able to access this specialised counselling service via their Employee Assistance Program.

“AccessEAP provides EAP services to assist employees and their families through many of life’s challenges,” Ms Kirkright said.

“Unfortunately cancer diagnosis and treatment is something that many workers and their families will face. Having an employer who is supportive and offers real assistance can make a big difference at this time.

“This partnership allows AccessEAP to offer customers a service that is tailored to the specific needs and challenges posed by cancer.”

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it was important for Queenslanders to have access to support for cancer-related distress through their workplace.

“Workplaces have a responsibility to offer support, resources and assistance to any employee affected by cancer,” Ms Clift said.

“Our aim through this partnership is also to raise awareness within the workplace of cancer-related distress, and its effects on employees and their families.

“Those who are struggling to deal with cancer-related concerns require the support of their employers, colleagues, and the community.

“We encourage all eligible Queensland workers affected by cancer to reach out for support through this partnership.

“We are proud to be partnering with AccessEAP to get more Queenslanders the advice, psychological intervention and support they need to cope.”

Queenslanders affected by cancer can call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm for advice, support and referrals to cancer counselling.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or 13 11 20.


For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171