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Privacy Policy

Information for statistical purposes

Unless this website asks for specific personal information, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will only collect information relating to your use of the website for statistical purposes to assist Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in improving users’ experience of the site. Such information may include the:

  • date and time of your visit
  • pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • referring site
  • type of browser you are using

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy-and for the purposes set out above.

Security of personal information

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre takes reasonable steps to protect the personal information it holds from misuse and loss, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
While Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre endeavours to provide a secure online environment through its website, you should be aware that there are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet.
Where personal information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify such personal information.

Third party sites

Any links on this website to a third-party site are provided for convenience only and a link to a third party site is not an endorsement by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is not responsible for the content and privacy policies of other sites, and recommends that you review each site’s privacy policy.


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Enquiries and feedback

If you have any queries about Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s privacy policy or if you have any complaint about the handling of your personal information, contact Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Patient Liaison Officer via switchboard on (03) 8559 5000.


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Content is sourced from published research literature, grey literature sources (e.g. clinical guidelines) and opinions of clinical experts. It is not intended to reflect all of the available evidence and is not intended to be exhaustive.

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Screening tool references


Kessler, R.C., Barker, P.R., Colpe, L.J., Epstein, J.F., Gfroerer, J.C., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J, Normand, S-L.T., Manderscheid, R.W., Walters, E.E., Zaslavsky, A.M. (2003). Screening for serious mental illness in the general population Archives of General Psychiatry. 60(2), 184-189.

Distress thermometer

Adapted from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Distress Thermometer. Available from:


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