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Cancer Council Victoria

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Cancer Council Victoria has an international reputation for innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. Our mission is to prevent cancer, empower patients through providing information and support, and save lives.
This is the second year we are a beneficiary for Dry July. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of the Victorian community. By taking part you’ll be helping support the more than 31,600 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year.
The funds raised last year helped us to:
Refurbish our Wig Service and Supportive Care Rooms
We are now able to make patients more comfortable when they visit us through having our wig service and supportive care rooms refurbished. These improvements will benefit the more than 200 patients who use our wig service each year, and make our counselling room a more supportive and safe environment for patients and their families.
Deliver more information to more Victorians through educational webinars
We were able to offer two webinars – one aimed at carers on how they can look after themselves and another for health professionals on communication and best care. Webinars allow patients, carers and health professionals in regional Victoria and those who may be suffering side effects of treatment to access information from the comfort of their own home.
Produce a one-stop-shop information booklet for patients
We have produced a Cancer Services Directory to help Victorians find practical, emotional and financial support services. The booklet will include contacts to find relevant organisations to help with a range of issues such as travelling to medical appointments, issues around relationships and body image, and dealing with advanced cancer.

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Hamish; his story and how he helps others

Looking after someone with cancer can be challenging, but also rewarding. Many people are balancing this valuable role with other demands such as work, family or study and it’s common to feel unprepared and unsure of where to go for information and support.

Thanks Dry July participants funding, we were able to host a free webinar during National Carers Week in October to help carers find out how they can better manage their own wellbeing, while providing the best support to the person they are caring for.

Webinar presenters included Hamish, whose dad was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26.

“Our whole life turned upside down and nobody prepares you for how to handle that. We needed to support dad and help him regain control of his life.”

Hamish was able to talk about his own experience as a carer. Other panel members including Caroline Mucahy (CEO Carers Victoria), Dr Carrie Lethborg (St Vincent’s Hospital) and Dr Anna Ulgalde (Deakin University) shared their experience and offered strategies to help people understand where to seek support.

Participants were able to submit questions and topics wanted presenters to cover, and had the option of taking part in an interactive 30 minute Q&A session will be held at the end of the webinar.

Our experienced and compassionate cancer nurses were on hand to answer questions and to follow up with participants if they needed more information or support.

Feedback on the webinar was overwhelmingly positive with one participant saying:

“I just wanted to thank each of you for your time. I listened expecting to learn about caring for my husband but instead cried all the way thru realising it was to learn about caring for myself. The focus is always on my husband and I forget about me...”

The webinar format to share information has proven worthwhile with participants recording a 43% increase in their knowledge on how to look after themselves while caring for someone with cancer. More importantly, 90% of those who took part felt encouraged to find out about the services and support that are available.


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Thank You Dry July Participants

Looking after someone with cancer can be challenging, but also rewarding. Many people are balancing this valuable role with other demands such as work, family or study and it’s common to feel unprepared and unsure of where to go for information and support.  

Thanks Dry July participants funding, we were able to host a free webinar during National Carers Week in October to help carers find out how they can better manage their own wellbeing, while providing the best support to the person they are caring for.

Webinar presenters included Hamish, whose dad was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26.

“Our whole life turned upside down and nobody prepares you for how to handle that. We needed to support dad and help him regain control of his life.”

Hamish was able to talk about his own experience as a carer. Other panel members including Caroline Mucahy (CEO Carers Victoria), Dr Carrie Lethborg (St Vincent’s Hospital) and Dr Anna Ulgalde (Deakin University) shared their experience and offered strategies to help people understand where to seek support.

Participants were able to submit questions and topics wanted presenters to cover, and had the option of taking part in an interactive 30 minute Q&A session will be held at the end of the webinar.

Our experienced and compassionate cancer nurses were on hand to answer questions and to follow up with participants if they needed more information or support.

Feedback on the webinar was overwhelmingly positive with one participant saying:

“I just wanted to thank each of you for your time. I listened expecting to learn about caring for my husband but instead cried all the way thru realising it was to learn about caring for myself. The focus is always on my husband and I forget about me...”

The webinar format to share information has proven worthwhile with participants recording a 43% increase in their knowledge on how to look after themselves while caring for someone with cancer. More importantly, 90% of those who took part felt encouraged to find out about the services and support that are available.

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Webinars for Victorians

Cancer Council Victoria will use Dry July funds to make webinars available to people affected by cancer in Victoria.

Webinars are an alternative mode of providing information and support and an opportunity to engage people in the comfort of their own home. A person affected by cancer can often experience fatigue as a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, so having access to reliable information from home is a welcome alternative to travelling to an appointment or resource centre.

Cancer Council Victoria will produce 4 webinars on the following topics: medicinal cannabis; what it means to be a carer; men’s health; and changes to advance care planning.

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