Dry July Foundation funds 62 projects from October Grant Round

We’re so thrilled to announce the recipients of Dry July Foundation funding from the 2019 October Grant Round. 

We received an incredible 134 grant applications from 62 organisations across Australia, totalling $5.1m. With $2m available for the grant round, we were able to award funding to 62 projects.

Here are the successful applicants and the projects they will be implementing:


National Organisations

Bowel Cancer Australia

• Lived-Experience Patient and Loved One Booklets: a series of ‘Lived Experience Stories’ booklets, available through the Bowel Cancer Australia website for the more than 15,000 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and their families as well as printed copies


Breast Cancer Network Australia 

• Breast Cancer Network Australia Podcast Project to empower breast cancer patients to listen to topics relevant to their diagnosis and or interest where and when it suits them


Dreams2Live4

• Making dreams come true for adult cancer patients who are living with metastatic cancer (any cancer which has spread)


Groundswell Project

• Creative Legacy Program – expanding to new hospitals. Creative Legacy is an award winning arts and health program that connects people and their families receiving palliative care with professional artists to create personalised, meaningful artworks


Leukaemia Foundation

• The purchase of vehicles for the National Patient Transport Program, a transport service that has helped thousands get to and from medical appointments, driving more than one million kilometres each year to ensure people get the medicines they need to beat their blood cancer


McGrath Foundation

• Funding for the continuation of a Mildura-based McGrath Breast Care Nurse, to improve health outcomes for families experiencing breast cancer


Mummy's Wish

• Providing 300 Care Packs for Mums with Cancer. These care packs are posted to all mums registered with Mummy’s Wish to help prepare and support them and their families as mum goes through treatment for cancer


PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Foundation

• Funding for the Next Steps Project, a specialised cancer rehabilitation / oncology exercise group course (10-weeks) designed to address the multiple health needs of people who are affected by cancer


Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

• Music Therapy: engaging patients in music based experiences to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation


Ovarian Cancer Australia

• Younger Women’s Project: a series of 12 online facilitated support and information sessions, delivered monthly for 1.5 hours to women with ovarian cancer participating in each session with a health professional facilitator


Prostate Cancer Foundation

• Further funding for the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse program


Redkite

• Community Based Support Program for Young People and their families. This support includes counselling and information both during and post-treatment, including support to bereaved families for as long as they need it


The OTIS Foundation

• Breast Cancer Retreats, to provide retreat accommodation to as many people experiencing breast cancer, so that they may temporarily escape the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis

NSW

Bankstown Cancer Centre

• 5 new chemotherapy chairs for the Cancer Centre. Patients receiving chemotherapy and other treatments for their cancer come to the centre and will sit in the chairs for anywhere between 1-8 hours. The new chairs have an adjustable backrest, leg rest and seat. These features will allow for patients to choose the settings most comfortable for them which will certainly improve their experience of chemotherapy treatment.


Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle

• Occupational Therapy Oncology Loan Pool: a comprehensive service that is provided free of charge to any Calvary Mater Newcastle oncology outpatient receiving treatment. Equipment includes: wheelchairs, pressure cushions, shower chairs, commodes, raised toilet seats, portable ramps, bathboards, swivel bathseats, to name but a few. At any one point in time up to 300 patients can be benefiting from this pivotal service


Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals

• Complimentary Oncology Massage for patients for 12-months at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre


Cancer Council NSW

• Refurbishment of 5 Cancer Council Information Services (CCIS). These are located without hospitals and treatment centres, and provide cancer patients, carers, their friends, and families with access to free, evidence-based information and support.

• Survivorship Webinars for Cancer Survivors, Carers, and their Families: Cancer Council NSW webinars provide evidence-based information and support to cancer patients, carers, and their families. The webinars are easily accessible and available across a variety of physical, online, digital, and social media channels


Central Coast Local Health District - CoastCanCare

• CoastCanCare Wellness Program: providing information, education and support programs for cancer patients and carers to develop skills for coping with a cancer diagnosis, treatments and treatment side effects, such as fatigue, pain and anxiety


Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

• New wigs for the Wig Library to ensure all patients have access to free wig and scarf, correct accessories and professional fitting. This is a service that is crucial for supporting patients as often patients cannot afford a wig as they have stopped working and have large medical bills

• Living Well Bone Marrow Rehab Program: Introduce an 8-week personalised program of individual and group exercise, education, psychological support and nutrition support to help people restore wellbeing, strength and fitness after a bone marrow transplant for treatment for multiple myeloma, leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers

• Purchase of Visitor Chairs for Wards to make friends and family more comfortable while they are supporting their loved one going through cancer treatment


Concord Cancer Centre

• Palliative Care Music Therapy

• Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre Courses: Lifestyle courses for cancer survivors (at all stages of the cancer journey) and their carers, to help cancer survivors achieve and maintain maximal physical and mental well-being

• Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program: Improving the patient experience after a major colorectal cancer resection by providing comfortable chairs, cushions and walking aids.


Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

• Continution of the Creative Legacy Program in the Palliative Care ward: an award winning arts and health program that connects people and their families receiving palliative care with professional artists to create personalised, meaningful artworks.

• 2019 Survivorship Programs


Moruya District Hospital

• Connections Program at Eurobodalla Cancer Care Centre: information and discussion sessions for people affected by cancer to address the patient/carer’s health and wellbeing and psychological functioning while providing a link to other psychosocial services


Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Penrith

• New wigs for the Wig Library. This will increase the number of patients who can access the Wig Library, a greater variety of modern style wigs will also assist patients in finding a style that suits them to give them more confidence

• Wellness Program - Exercise Intervention: launching a Wellness program that provides 8-week program for patients free of charge, conducted by an exercise physiologist


NICM Health Research Institute

• Supportive Care Program: offering massage, acupuncture, tai chi and yoga for people with cancer from lower socio-economic backgrounds


Our House, Lismore Base Hospital

• Bathroom Floor upgrade to 10 purpose built accommodation units for those coming to Lismore for cancer treatment


Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick

• The purchase of 4 recliner chairs and a painted mural to improve the surrounds to make the environment more aesthetic, safe, warm and comforting for the oncology patients accessing Nuclear Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital


St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

• Group Wellbeing Programs at Kinghorn Cancer Centre, offering free group education and support group programs to patients and their loved ones including meditation and mindfulness, art therapy and yoga therapy


Sutherland Hospital

• Mural artworks at the Oncology Day Clinic to improve the comfort of those utilising the clinical space, as well as alleviate stress and anxiety associated with having cancer treatments

VIC

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

• Building 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.


Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong

• Upgrading the Ba-Lee Lodge Patient Accommodation self-contained units


Bendigo Health

• Dry July Wellness Program at Bendigo Health's Cancer Centre


Cancer Council Victoria

• The Living with Cancer Education Program (LWCEP): an exercise and education program for cancer patients undergoing treatment


Monash Health Medical Centre

• Creation of a Patient Lounge for Haematology Cancer Patients, providing a comfortable facility for patients to utilise, promoting socialisation with family and friends, as well as improving emotional and mental wellbeing during often lengthy acute inpatient admissions


Northern Health

• Blanket Warmer, to provide warm blankets to patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment

• Scalp Cooling Unit for Craigieburn Centre, to reduce the likelihood of hair loss during chemotherapy treatments


Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre (Austin Health)

• Continuation of the Music Therapy Program. Engaging in music therapy can help to reduce pain, anxiety and depression in patients with cancer and it can have a significant positive impact on their quality of life.

• Continuation of Gentle Yoga Program, helping patients regain physical and emotional confidence


Royal Melbourne Hospital

• Purchase of 3 treatment chairs

• Purchase of 2 mixed taps which enables nurses to make patient drinks in a safe environment without having to leave the clinical area and provide clean drinking water to patients who are required to take oral medications


St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

• Purchase of 4 new chemotherapy chairs to replace old, damaged chairs


The Alfred, Melbourne

• Continued funding for patient accommodation, providing ‘hotel-style’ accommodation for rural and regional patients on 7East Ward. This relieves financial strain on patients and their families at a time when they already have enough to worry about


Western Health

• Care Packs for every person undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Western Health. Each personal care pack includes a number of items that have been selected in response to the kinds of things that patients have found useful in their day to day life whilst undergoing treatment

ACT 

Canberra Hospital

• Continuation of the beloved therapeutic harp program. Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment


Cancer Council ACT

• Design and publication of all cancer information booklets for one year. These Cancer Information Booklets provide information about specific cancers, diagnosis, treatment, side effects of treatment, life after cancer, and more


NT

Cancer Council Northern Territory

• Life Now - Beyond Cancer: the Northern Territory’s first cancer survivorship program.

Workshops facilitated by trained professionals will provide information and practical support as well as the opportunity to discuss things such as emotional changes, returning to work & how to build a healthier lifestyle. There will also be practical sessions such as exercise and or yoga and nutritional information


SA

Cancer Council SA

• 13 11 20 Information and Support Line: The 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line is our primary connection with the community, providing a comprehensive service that is free and confidential to support cancer patients, as well as family members, carers or friends that are impacted by a cancer diagnosis


Flinders Foundation

• Cancer Wellness Exercise and Physical Activity Service: bringing together physiotherapy and exercise physiology expertise, helping to optimise wellness for cancer patients, leading to improved quality of life and outcomes for cancer patients.


QLD

Cancer Council Queensland

• 13 11 20 Information and Support Line: The 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line is our primary connection with the community, providing a comprehensive service that is free and confidential to support cancer patients, as well as family members, carers or friends that are impacted by a cancer diagnosis


Choices Cancer Support Centre

• Men and Women's Choices Gym Maintenance Program: for people completing cancer treatments, research demonstrates that maintaining an exercise program is essential to mitigate late and long term side effects of cancer and cancer treatment


Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

• Purchase two portable Lumify Ultrasound systems for ease of cannulation for Cancer and Blood Disorder patients having treatment, easing the distress of patients

WA

Cancer Council Western Australia

• 13 11 20 Information and Support Line: The 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line is our primary connection with the community, providing a comprehensive service that is free and confidential to support cancer patients, as well as family members, carers or friends that are impacted by a cancer diagnosis


SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres

• Purchase of garden furniture for the Dry July funded garden at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

TAS

Cancer Council Tasmania

• 13 11 20 Information and Support Line: The 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line is our primary connection with the community, providing a comprehensive service that is free and confidential to support cancer patients, as well as family members, carers or friends that are impacted by a cancer diagnosis


W.P. Holman Clinic Launceston

• Installation of large wall wraps of local scenery on entrance to treatment bunker

Pictured: Dean and his Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, Sally

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$376,407.00 raised

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