Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC)

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The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) Wellness Centre is a welcoming space that provides an environment where cancer patients and their families can feel comfortable, safe and protected. The Wellness Centre is professionally run and supports the holistic need of the patient, survivors and their families. The social, environmental, spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional needs of each individual is nurtured by the BRICC Wellness Team at a time when life presents uncertainty and fear. BRICC Wellness Centre provides numerous programs to mentally and physically enable patients to continue on their journey offering; massage, relaxation, mindfulness, shiatsu therapy, bra and breast form fittings, financial advice, support groups, yoga, meditation, art, music and the Delta Dog program. The space itself is calm, nurturing and offers comfortable seating, a warm space, refreshments and fresh fruit for all of it’s visitors from Ballarat and the wider region. The BRICC Wellness Centre has become an important part of patients experience while receiving treatment, the Wellness Centre is 100% supported by community fundraising, allowing the programs to be on offer to those that need these complimentary services.

Latest Updates

BRICC Wellness Centre benefits from 2019 Dry July funds!

The funds raised for BRICC Wellness Centre from last year’s Dry July campaign helped support the services on offer which are complimentary for patients of the facility and their families.

The patients utilised a range of services featured, all helping them throughout their journey, providing advice, guidance, support and a range of other services. Whether it was yoga, relaxation, mindfulness, bra and breast form fittings, art therapy, financial advice, all of these programs are of great benefit to BRICC patients.

Along with funding a range of offerings the Dry July campaign proudly supported the oncology massage program, which delivered nearly 1000 massages last year to cancer patients within the Ballarat and Grampians region. 

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre receives additional grant from Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round.

This grant will enable BRICC to build an outdoor, covered BBQ area for existing cancer accommodation.

Having an undercover area will enable patients to enjoy the garden area, without unnecessary sun exposure.

Dry July 2019 helps continue the Wellness Program at BRICC

Thanks to funds raised through Dry July 2019, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) will continue their Wellness Program, offering cancer patients massage, yoga, Art Therapy, Financial Counselling, Shiatsu, Mindfulness, Delta Dog visits, Reiki and more

In total, there are 15 different programs within the Wellness Centre to support patients, and the BRICC receives no government funding for Wellness Programs. Therefore, the Dry July Foundation funds enable BRICC to continue to offer these fantastic programs.

The Wellness Centre offers complementary therapies designed to relieve tension and may also reduce levels of pain, fatigue, nausea and anxiety in a safe and healing environment and to be supported, informed and empowered to experience life as cancer survivors or meet the challenges of advanced disease and end of life care.

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!

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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