The current COVID-19 situation can create an extra feeling of stress, worry and uncertainty for women living with ovarian cancer and their loved ones.

Ovarian Cancer Australia is closely monitoring developments in regards to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.) The health of our people, clients and community is of highest priority. Ovarian Cancer Australia is following guidelines outlined by State and Federal Governments.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, we advise checking the Department of Health and Human Services website regularly to stay updated.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

The Cancer Council advises people with cancer should continue to follow any specific advice or standard precautions recommended by their health care practitioners to minimise your risk of infection, during and after treatment.

Advice for women with ovarian cancer and their loved ones and OCA Helpline

Our Support Team, made up of health professionals, nurses and counsellors are here to support you and your loved ones.

Our Helpline is a direct telephone and email connection for women and their partners, family and friends to the support team at Ovarian Cancer Australia and it is a source of support, onward referral, information and connection.

Our Helpline is available weekdays between 9am – 5pm (AEDT) for the cost of a local call. Call 1300 660 334 to speak with a member of our support team or email support@ovariancancer.net.au

We understand how important it is for you to connect with others affected by ovarian cancer.  We are still delivering all of our support services. We will still have  our Perth, Sydney and Melbourne support groups however they will be offered via video and telephone. We will be updating all existing group members about how to join the groups. Please call the Helpline if you are interested in joining any of our groups. We welcome all new group members.

OCA Connect online forum will continue to run so you can keep connecting with others. You can also find our comprehensive online support resources here.

We have our new Teal Support Program that provides additional support to women with ovarian cancer throughout their diagnosis, treatment and beyond. The program, delivered by ovarian cancer nurses over the phone provides continuity of care and and prevents you from feeling lost or isolated. Referrals can be made through a health professional or women can self-refer. Simply call 1300 660 334 or email care@ovariancancer.net.au

We are aware that you may be experiencing additional levels of stress or anxiety, and Beyond Blue have developed a helpful resource for looking after your mental health, located here.

Please note if you need urgent support out of hours we encourage you to phone Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Where can I get further information?

  • The Cancer Council provides information about cancer-related information including what to do if you are undergoing cancer treatment and have released further information in relation to COVID-19. For further information visit the Cancer Council website.
  • Cancer Australia has released further information for people with cancer about COVID-19. For further information visit the Cancer Australia website.

This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for regular updates.

Advice for people hosting a Paint the Town Teal fundraising event

Thank you to everyone who has supported OCA so far this year. Your support during this difficult time is more important than ever.

While we are saddened that upcoming fundraising events have had to be postponed or cancelled, the safety and wellbeing of everyone – our community including women with ovarian cancer, their families, our people, donors and partners is of highest priority. OCA advises you to follow government guidelines on advice for public gatherings on the Australian Federal Government website.

If you are postponing your Paint the Town Teal or community fundraising event, please stay in touch with us about your plans by emailing fundraising@ovariancancer.net.au or please consider asking your guests to donate and support the reprinting of the Resilience Kit, which supports women in all areas of Australia including rural and remote areas. Click  here to learn more.

To speak to our Fundraising Team, email fundraising@ovariancancer.net.au 

For general enquiries email: admin@ovariancancer.net.au

This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for regular updates. We will be updating this information regularly, as new developments occur.