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Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

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$43,197.56 raised

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Thank you to everyone who has registered and donated to BRICC so far.

This year’s funds will go towards the BRICC Wellness Oncology Massage program, both here at BRICC and through our Wellness on Wheels Oncology Massage in Stawell.

Oncology massage is a specialised form of therapeutic massage involving gentle pressure techniques, performed at BRICC by massage therapists with specialised training, which aims to improve quality of life for people with a diagnosis of cancer. Oncology massage is designed to relieve tension and may also reduce levels of pain, fatigue, nausea and anxiety experienced by cancer patients.

The Wellness on Wheels program, delivers oncology massage to regional centres (free of charge) with the aim of improving accessibility to populations otherwise not receiving these services. The aim was to provide wellness and supportive care programs to cancer patients at Stawell, thereby improving access to these programs and reducing travel and associated costs to patients and assist in improving quality of life.

If you haven’t already registered, click the Donate button to the left and donate to support this much needed service.

Latest Updates

Complementary therapy making a difference

Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional cancer treatment to help manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer. An increasing evidence base demonstrates that particular complementary therapies are valuable in reducing some of the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. They encompasses a range of programs promoting a whole-person integrated approach to health and wellbeing, focusing beyond their medical treatment, by addressing one's physical health, mental/psychological health, social and spiritual needs. Funding raised by Ballarat Regional Intergrated Cancer Centre supporters during Dry July 2018 plus a grant from Dry July Foundation ensured the wellness program that includes massage, meditation, shiatsu, art therapy, yoga, Reiki and music therapy, continued throughout the year at no cost to patients.

Patient Comments include 'I never thought I would end up needing to use the cancer centre; none of us do. But when I was diagnosed, the Wellness Centre was a fabulous place to help deal with all of the emotions and issues that arise with that diagnosis. Having access to free programs was fabulous and helped me get through my treatment. We are very lucky to have the centre'. William

Thank you to all of the Dry July Participants who raise funds for BRICC and Dry July Foundation, this program continues to be available because of you!

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Status Update

Over the past year, with the help of funds raised through the Dry July campaign, we have been able to increase our art therapy program. Along with having the art therapy class for patients, we now have art therapy in the waiting room for those who are waiting for appointments as well as art therapy in the chemotherapy unit.

Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, colouring, or sculpting to help people express their inner experiences, develop awareness and support personal change. This can help patients cope with difficulties and stress, and speed up the recovery process. The art therapist offers a safe, supported holding space to allow a person to process difficult emotional issues. 

With funds raised during the 2019 Dry July campaign, we would like to continue to run our programs but also look at how we can broaden the reach of our programs for patients in the inpatient setting and chemotherapy unit. 

Thank you for supporting the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC).


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2018 funds will help continue wellness programs

The Wellness Centre at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre is designed as a welcoming retreat for patients and carers.

BRICC will be using the funds raised through Dry July 2018 to maintain existing complementary programs, increase the range of programs and extend our Wellness programs to cancer patients in the city of Stawell.

Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional cancer treatment to help manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer. An increasing evidence base demonstrates that particular complementary therapies are valuable in reducing some of the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. They encompasses a range of programs promoting a whole-person integrated approach to health and wellbeing, focusing beyond their medical treatment, by addressing one's physical health, mental/psychological health, social and spiritual needs.

Wellness programs include activities such as massage, meditation, shiatsu, art therapy, yoga, Reiki and music therapy. 

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• Continuation of wellness program including massage, yoga, Art Therapy, Financial Counselling, Shiatsu, Mindfulness, Delta Dog visits, Reiki and more

• Vital Signs Monitor to significantly reduce the disturbance to patients


Karen's story

“Being diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming but the BRICC Wellness Centre is an amazing place that offers comfort and support during difficult times. I felt welcomed, cared for and pampered at the Wellness Centre. There was space to be on my own and also opportunity to talk if I wanted. The staff and volunteers made my time in Ballarat memorable for good reasons. Massages, facials, coffees and chats are all an integral part of rebuilding your life again, finding your new normal and slowly becoming stronger in mind and body. The Wellness Centre did all this for me.” 

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