Oncology Parent Advisory Council (OPAC)

The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead is proud of its strong relationship with families.

OPAC is a committee of oncology staff and parents of children receiving or have previously received treatment at the Cancer Centre.

The group considers parent feedback and provides advice and advocacy to the hospital from the perspective of oncology families.

Participation in OPAC is a great way to get involved in hospital service improvement and help plan for the future of oncology services.

What we do

There are many ways that OPAC has already made a difference:

  • parent education seminars
  • reviewing & recommending educational material and information
  • reviewing clinical trials documents 
  • representing Hospital parents at national meetings
  • advocating for improved services (like Wi-Fi & better bathroom facilities for parents)
  • introducing end of treatment celebrations and the 'celebration bells'
  • breakfast for inpatients on special occasions

If you'd rather not join a committee

If you'd rather not join a committee, there are lots of other ways to get involved. You may wish to:

  • provide some feedback
  • donate a fundraising raffle prize
  • review information documents.

All offers of help are greatly valued. If you're interested, please get in touch with Deborah Carr

Last updated Wednesday 26th June 2024