“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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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.
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The Wellness Centre complementary therapy and associated programs providing support and help to patients receiving treatment at BRICC has been incredibly well received since commencement. The number of programs offered has grown from 4 in 2014, to 14 in 2015 and to 17 in 2016. Programs offered include massage, LGFB, yoga art therapy, financial counselling, shiatsu, mindfulness Delta Dogs, reiki and more.
Dry July funding will continue to support programs at the BRICC Wellness Centre this year.
Arbonne Independent Consultant, Virginia Rogers, visits Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre each week to provide free hand massage to patients in the BRICC Chemotherapy Day Unit. Virginia has been providing the weekly service since January 2016, thanks to the generous support of a grant from the Dry July Foundation.
The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit has a new TV for patients to watch whilst they undergo their treatment.
The TV was purchased and installed with funds raised received through the Dry July Foundation grant program.
Other projects funded through the grant program for BRICC included:
- Purchase of a food trolley
- Purchase and installation of artificial plants to freshen up the wellness unit
- Purchase a fish tank stand for the radiation oncology waiting area
- Implementation of various refurbishments in the waiting area
- Display of a Christmas tree over the holiday period
- Purchase of a BBQ for guests utilising the accommodation units
Dry July funds will continue to go towards expanded therapy programs for the benefit of cancer patients undergoing treatment at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre.
The Wellness Centre aims is to provide a holistic service to the whole of the Grampians region that is professionally led and supports people with cancer to take an active role in their health and wellbeing.
Quality information regarding approved complementary therapies is available in order to assist patients to make informed choices and provide a programme of approved therapies including art therapy, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and pet therapy. Dry July funds assisted with fitting out the wellness centre when the BRICC opened, and since then have supported the centre’s complementary therapy offerings.