Supportive and palliative care

Information and support programs

A range of information and support programs are available, either at the Mater Hospital or through referral.  Download our detailed brochure (PDF 413.3KB).

The Patricia Ritchie Centre also liaises with various cancer consumer groups such as Look Good Feel Better, Can Support, BCNA, Encore, the NSW Cancer Institute and The Cancer Council of NSW to provide you with up to date treatment and information and ongoing support/help.

Clinical psychologists

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a stressful time that challenges the individual, their partner and family. We can refer you to a clinical psychologist that can help you get through this difficult time by providing coping strategies.


Some cancers, particularly involving the head and neck or gastrointestinal tract pose special challenges with diet. Our experienced dieticians can provide advice about this if required.

Pastoral carers

For people of all faiths, our pastoral carers are available to provide care and support for your emotional and spiritual well being.

Social workers

Social workers are available to assist patients, their families and carers with personal and practical difficulties.

Palliative care team

Palliative care team members are available to help with a wide range of cancer symptoms including pain management. They can also assist with referrals, rehabilitation and home care. Consultation is available for inpatients and outpatients.