Support Network

Friendly Faces Helping Hands is a charity registered as a Non Benevolent Society. The website is designed to support people seeking amenities close to hospitals and offers essential information for people from rural and regional Australia, who often struggle to find services in unfamiliar cities. As a charity, Friendly Faces Helping Hands does not provide financial assistance, but you may find support through some of the Organisations listed below.

Angel Flight
Angel Flight Australia is a charity that co-ordinates non-emergency flight for financially and medically needy people.  All flights are free and assist patients or compassionate carers traveling to or from medical facilities anywhere in Australia. more
Asthma Australia
The Asthma Foundations from every state and territory work together to help people with asthma and linked conditions to breathe better. We provide information, education, training, advocacy and promot e research.

The Asthma Child and Adolescent Program provides information and training for school and preschool staff to learn about asthma management and how to respond in an emergency. This program also provides information for parents and support adolescents to improve their asthma self-management (more information).

The Asthma Community Support Program helps people learn more about the safe management of asthma and linked chronic respiratory conditions in the community (more information).

Call 1800 645 130 to talk to your local Foundation. more
Founded in 2009, ausEE Inc. is Australia’s peak national support and patient advocacy organisation representing the estimated 12,000 Australians living with an Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diso rder (EGID) including Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE).
We are a registered Australia wide charity whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by EGIDs by providing support, evidence-based information, resources and campaigning to raise awareness and funds for further research in Australia. more
Autism Spectrum Australia
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest national service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Our specialised, evidence informed schools program is one of the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs. more
Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness of depression anxiety and related disorders throughout Australia. Beyond Blue works with health services, schoo ls, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with these disorders, to bring together their expertise.

Our mission is to provide a national focus and community leadership to increase the capacity of the broader Australian community to prevent depression and respond effectively.
We aim to build a society that understands and responds to the personal and social impact of depression, works actively to prevent it, and improves the quality of life for everyone affected.
Website more
Camp Quality

Camp Quality is the Children's family cancer charity that believes in bringing optimisim and happiness to the lives of children and families affected by cancer through fun therapy.

Cancer Council
Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia to work across every area of every cancer, from research to prevention and support. We help people from the point of diagnosis through to treatment and survivorship. more
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Our mission is to build futures for people with cerebral palsy and their families. The following is a collection of useful information to assist parents, carers and service providers support people wi th CP. 
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent physical condition that affects movement. These pages will help you to find out more about CP, living with CP and supporting people with CP.
If your child has just been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, then our New Families section will help you to understand the nature of cerebral palsy and, just as importantly, help you and your family through the emotional journey ahead. more
Cystic Fibrosis Australia
Cystic Fibrosis organisations in Australia provide support and services to people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and their carers and families. This is complemented by a commitment to research and a qualit y improvement program focussing on improved clinical care for people with CF. more
Diabetes Australia
Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 and is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk. Through leadership, prevention, management and research, Diabetes Au stralia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes. We work in partnership with diabetes health professionals and educators, researchers and healthcare providers to minimise the impact of diabetes on the Australian community.
Diabetes Australia is a respected and valued source of information, advice and views utilised by government and the community. Our credibility and independence as a national voice allows us to translate knowledge and evidence into advocacy and programs for diabetes. more
Isolated Patient Travel and Accomodation Assitance Scheme (IPTAAS)
IPTAAS is the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme. This is a NSW Government scheme providing financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs whe
n a patient needs to travel long distances for treatment that is not available locally
To be eligible for IPTAAS, a patient must: Be a resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island Be enrolled with Medicare Not be receiving, or eligible for, financial assistance for travel and accommodation from third party insurance or other Australian government services Be referred for treatment at their nearest health service Receive treatment at an approved health service Travel from their residence for treatment at least 100km (one way), or at least 200kms in a week by making multiple trips to and from treatment more
Leukaemia Foundation
We are dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Emotional Support/Counselling

Support Servi
ces staff can provide you and your family with emotional support when and if or when required a referral to a specialist health professional eg Psychologist. The Foundation also has a on-line support group:

The Leukaemia Foundation has a range of booklets, fact sheets and resources that are available free of charge. These may be ordered by contacting us or may be downloaded from this website. Translated versions (in languages other than English) of some booklets and fact sheets are also available.

Education programs 
The Leukaemia Foundation provides a range of general and disease-specific seminars, workshops and programs. These programs are designed to empower you with information about various aspects of diagnosis, treatment the emotional impact and how to support your general health and well being.

Some patients and carers need to relocate for treatment and may need help with accommodation. The Foundation’s staff can help find suitable accommodation close to your hospital or treatment centre. In many areas, the Foundation’s fully furnished self-contained unit and houses can provide a ‘home away from home’ for you and your family.

The Leukaemia Foundation also assists with the transporting of patients and carers to and from hospital for treatment. Courtesy cars and other services are available in many areas throughout the country.

Practical support 
The urgency and lengthy duration of medical treatment can affect you and your family’s normal way of life and there may be practical things the Foundation can do to help. In special circumstances, the Leukaemia Foundation provides financial support for patients who are experiencing financial difficulties or hardships as a result of their illness or its treatment. This assistance is assessed on an individual basis. more
MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.

We’re here to help anywhere, anytime.

Miracle Babies Foundation
“Better, healthier outcomes for newborns and their families challenged by prematurity and sickness.”
Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporti
ng premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. more
Providing essential support to children and young people with cancer, and their families, has been Redkite's focus for over 30 years. We're here throughout the whole cancer journey, from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment finishes. 
Redkite understand every cancer journey is different and so is every family.  We're the cancer charity here
for children and young people with cancer (0-24 years) and their families with essential support from hospital to home.  
Financial assistance.   Information and counselling. Education support. more
Ronald McDonald House
Childhood illness can have a devastating effect on families. As well as all the fear and uncertainty, there are the practicalities of managing the family when a child is away in hospital, often for ex tended periods of time. At Ronald McDonald's House Charities® (RMHC®), we have been making life easier for seriously ill children and their families in Australia since 1981. 
RMHC has a wide range of programs to help seriously ill children and their families across Australia, all focused on making the journey to recovery as easy as possible. 
You can find out more here about our programs, our team, the families we help and how you can help us assist more families who need it. 
Together we can make a difference! more
Royal Blind Society
The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is a not-for-profit organisation providing services to Australians who have a severe vision impairment. These services are delivered by a professional, committed and highly qualified team supported by volunteers, drawn from all age groups and walks of life. more
Royal Far West
Royal Far West provides a wide range of essential specialist health services to meet the needs of country children and their families.
These conditions are not life threatening however, without
the appropriate treatment they are life altering and limit a child’s potential. Services which they can only access through Royal Far West, have a positive impact on these children’s health and wellbeing.
Kids are our future. They deserve access to specialist health services regardless of where they live. more
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education, cochlear implant and diagnostic services for people with hearing loss or vision impairment, supporting thousands of ad ults, children and their families each year. Services are provided at sites located across Australia and through our tele-practice service for clients living in regional areas. more
Stroke Foundation
About the National Stroke Foundation: We are a not-for-profit organisation that works with stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on t he Australian community.
We are the voice of stroke in Australia. Our mission is to stop stroke, save lives and end suffering. more