Angela is OCA's newest team member as well as our first social worker. Angela has been working as a Social Worker in cancer care for the past 15 years for community organizations and at one of Melbourne’s hospitals.
One of the important roles of a social worker is providing ongoing psychosocial support to women, their family and friends impacted by an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
“I enjoy counselling and can support you and your family/friends with psychosocial issues including changes in your family (such as worry, fear and uncertainty), grief and loss issues, practical issues (such as financial issues), supporting you as a parent, supporting your children, study and work issues,” she says.
While a big part of being a social worker is providing support to help with distress, it is also about providing much needed information to help cope with problems and improve the lives of those affected by ovarian cancer.
“I understand the grief and loss issues women and their families face who have cancer and I would also like to support your well-being. I have worked mostly in cancer care and this has taught me so much about the honesty, courage, growth and strength needed to manage really difficult times, ” Angela says.
Angela's role is works alongside our ovarian cancer nurses to provide holistic support to our community.
“I consider the work I do an honour and privilege. OCA can be there to support you through difficult times but also to be there to hear about good times you experience.”
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and would like support, please call our Ovarian Cancer Nurses on the Helpline 1300 660 334 (Weekdays, 9am – 5pm AEDT) or email firstname.lastname@example.org