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Bendigo Health is a leading regional health service, with around 4500 staff and a catchment area covering a quarter of the size of Victoria.

Funds from our 2021 Dry July campaign will continuing to support Bendigo Health’s Cancer Centre Wellness Program and the range of programs on offer.

Bendigo Health’s Cancer Wellness Program along with the Gobbé Wellness Centre offer a place for patients to participate in wellness activities as well as a space where patients, carers or family members can retreat between or following treatment.

The Gobbé Wellness Centre is the new home of the Cancer Wellness Program, a purposed designed space for all patients needing to take time out in a quiet nurturing environment to reflect, relax and regroup.

Our dedicated Cancer Wellness Coordinator oversees the comprehensive timetable of activities through our Cancer Wellness Program, connecting our patients with a range of supportive services and complementary therapies such as oncology massage, yoga classes, music and art therapy, pet therapy and mindfulness sessions.

You can help by raising funds for Bendigo Health this Dry July so that we can continue to offer these valuable services to our local and regional patients.

The Cancer Wellness Program and Gobbé Wellness Centre would not be possible without ongoing donations and fundraising.

Latest Updates

Refurbished accommodation

Bendigo Health is using funds raised by 2014 and 2015 Dry July participants to refurbish 6 accommodation units in Nolan Street, Bendigo. The units are reserved for those patients and their families and carers who are required travel to Bendigo Health for cancer treatment.

Publican Goes Dry For Bendigo Health

Lockington is a small town in regional Victoria, about 200km north of Melbourne, and has a population of less than 1,000. Lockington Hotel’s Sandy Schroen is taking part in Dry July - and it’s an impressive challenge for her, as Sandy serves alcohol six days a week.

‘‘I do love to socialise and I am pretty involved in the community and community events, so it hasn’t been easy,’’ she said with a laugh.

Sandy signed up when her daughter nominated her on Facebook, with over 3,000 people seeing the post, so she felt that she couldn’t back out.

‘‘Since then I have had so many people say ‘I’ll shout you a drink’, but I’ve just had to tell them ‘Wait until August’.’’

Locky pub patrons have been generous, putting notes and coins in to a collection at the pub.

Sandy says cancer has impacted a large proportion of the Locky population, and she personally has lost both her younger sister and a close friend to the disease. Her nominated beneficiary is Bendigo Health.

‘‘Our community always gets behind each other’s causes and this time it’s been no different,’’ Mrs Schroen said. ‘‘The cause is close to a lot of our hearts.’’

Sandy has been Locky’s publican for two years.

Photo credit: Jayme Lowndes

Repost from: Riverine Herald / http://www.mmg.com.au/local-news/echuca/meet-the-publican-with-no-beer-1.96255 

Hospice refurbishment

Bendigo Health recently completed refurbishing the hospice, including replacing floorcoverings, with Dry July funds. The hallways and other areas are now a little more welcoming for cancer patients and their families.

Ward updates at Bendigo Health Oncology Unit

Bendigo Hospital used Dry July funds to replace floor coverings, repair plaster, and paint the walls in the existing oncology unit. Lighting in the ward was also upgraded. All of these refurbishments have brightened the space up for patients, who spend up to 6 hours at a time receiving chemotherapy treatment in the ward.

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