The community can access peer-to-peer cancer support through the Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service.
The initiative known as the Community Ambassador Program was created after feedback identified a need to hear more from those who had direct experience with cancer rather than solely from health professionals.
Hume RICS service improvement facilitator Rebecca McAllister said the program aimed to increase community awareness of cancer support services in the Hume region.
‘‘The program aims to assist people to feel more confident in dealing with cancer by building health literacy, motivating people to take an active role in regards to their health and informing them of reputable supports available when dealing with cancer and how to access them,’’ Ms McAllister said.
The program is led by a trained volunteer who has lived with cancer, directly or indirectly.
‘‘Emotional and practical support is just as important as the medical treatment. You need support, and to get the support, you need to know what is out there and how to access it,’’ Ms McAllister said.
If you would like a Hume RICS community ambassador to speak to your group or organisation, phone Rebecca McAllister at Hume RICS on 5832 8301 or email [email protected]