Allied Health Support Services

Throughout your treatment you may meet many different health professionals and support staff. Some of these people are listed below along with how they can help and support you throughout your treatment.


Treatment related side effects can affect your ability to maintain your weight. The dietitian is here to help you manage your diet and appetite if it becomes problematic.

Social Workers

Social workers are available to provide a variety of supportive services to you and your family.  They can provide counselling to help you and your family cope with the diagnosis of cancer and with your treatment.  They may also help arrange for financial support, emotional support and other services within the community. In addition, a social worker helps people navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer. To find out more about being referred to a social worker talk with a member of your health care team.


Please ask the receptionists or other members of your treatment team if you would like to speak to the hospital's chaplain.

Māori Health Workers

Nga Ratonga Hauora Māori, Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch Women's Hospital will provide awhi/support to turoro/patient and whanau/family while they are using the hospitals.

Our role is to assist tūroro through the hospital system and make the journey as smooth as possible. We can be present, with your permission, at appointments and consultations to listen for you. We can contact whanau for you at your request. We have community services information that may be of use when you are discharged from hospital. We may be able to assist with low cost accommodation (if available) for those who have travelled from out of the immediate Christchurch area.

Christchurch Hospital Nga Ratonga Hauora Māori
Phone: (03) 364 0640 Ext 86160

Cancer Society

The Cancer Society support people with cancer, their family/whanau and friends. A range of services are provided by the regional divisions and centres and are a great source of information on all matters related to cancer. 
Do not forget the Laurel Whitford Cancer Society Information Centre located on the Ground Floor of the Oncology Department. 
Telephone support is available from the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237). They can also be contacted at

Through the Cancer Society you can talk with trained nurses, counsellors, psychologists or a person who has had a similar experience to you. There are a range of support groups, programmes, workshops, seminars and online forums available.
During treatment practical assistance is available such as help with transport, accommodation during treatment and limited financial assistance.

Speech Language Therapists

Some cancers and cancer treatment can affect your ability to communicate with people and to swallow. The speech language therapists are there to help patients facing these difficulties. The services they offer include communication rehabilitation, swallowing difficulties, laryngectomy rehabilitation and tracheostomy care.

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

On some occasions a person who has cancer may experience changes in ability to be fully functional with mobility and general day to day activities for a number of reasons. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists can help with expert advice and exercise to help you regain your mobility, or assist with specialist aids to help you manage

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​Family Accommodation

For many years Canterbury DHB has operated a whānau-family accommodation facility called Te Whare Mahana. The facility supports a whānau member using services at Christchurch Hospital campus. Find out more about Te Whare Mahana

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Page last reviewed: 07 September 2016