Dry July Foundation funds 40 projects across Australia from the 2021 October Grant Round

We’re so excited to announce recipients of Dry July Foundation funding from the 2021 October Grant Round.

With $491k available, we have been able to fund 40 projects across 34 organisations. These projects and programs benefit cancer patients, their families and carers; aiming to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer. Here are the successful applicants and the projects they will be delivering…

Campaign Beneficiaries (additional funding):

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

• BRICC Wellness Centre Programs - 15 programs previously supported by DJF including Yoga; Art therapy; financial counselling; Shiatsu, Mindfulness, Delta Dog Visits, Reiki etc.

Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong

• Virtual Reality Headsets for the Chemotherapy Day Ward - Purchase of additional virtual reality headsets for the VR system purchased via DJF funds in 2020, providing the patient an escape from their treatment.

Bendigo Health

• Open the Gobbé Wellness Centre Full Time - This grant will allow Bendigo Health’s Cancer Wellness Program to go from opening three days a week to five days.

Bowel Cancer Australia

• In-House Bowel Care Nutritionist Program- Expansion of their Bowel Care Nutritionist program; catering to the 68% spike in enquiries to their free helpline during the pandemic.

Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle

• Purchase x10 Welch Allyn Connex Spot Monitors in each of the Ward 5C (Haematology) single rooms- Ensure that clinical and observation monitoring is carried out effectively and safely for cancer patients isolated in a single room.

Central Coast LHD - CoastCanCare

• CoastCanCare therapy program - Evidence-based therapies and programs, as well as connecting cancer patients to local services.

Gold Coast Hospital

• Bladder Scanner - Purchase of the Bladder Scanner means nursing staff can scan oncology patients and assess the amount of urine in the bladder on the spot in real time; leading to faster intervention and better patient outcomes.

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

• 2022 Integrated Oncology Programs Manager - continuation of their wellness program, including oncology massage, acupuncture and yoga.

Mater Cancer Care Centre, Brisbane

• Women's Wellness after Cancer Program (WWACP)- continuation of the WWACP, aiming to improve the quality of life and reduce treatment-related chronic disease risks in women following cancer treatment.

Mummy’s Wish

• Mums Support Coordinators - Connecting, Counselling & Palliative Project - This position will help continue to build relationships with every mum, ensuring they have relevant, tailored and practical ways to ease the burden of managing family life through cancer treatment.

Nepean Cancer Care Centre

• Upgrade to the patient outdoor area - Introducing automated doors for easy access, additional artwork, and an outdoor television for their patient call system that also provides information to patients regarding services and local interests.

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre

• Continuation of the Wellness Gym and Exercise Wellness Program - These programs are specifically designed to help cancer patients feel supported not only physically, but socially and emotionally as well.


• Understanding your cancer diagnosis video series - helping patients and their families diagnosed with an upper GI cancer better understand their diagnosis, what to expect next and greatly aid the referral and engagement with Pancare's PanSupport services.

Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

• While You're Here - High End Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate - refreshments for patients and their carers

St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne 

6 projects:

• x4 Kindle and Amazon eBook voucher

• Pre-packed toiletry bags (ongoing)

• Headspace App (annual subscription)

• Digital step on scales x 2

• x4 Ipad stand with wheels - allowing patients to connect virtually with their families

The Alfred, Melbourne 

• Continue the Music Therapy Program for Cancer & Palliative Care Patients.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital 

• Enhanced Recovery after Surgery project - Enable printing of documentation for an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery diary for head and neck cancer patients. The ERAS diary will allow a patient centered process on the ward allowing each cancer patient to record their steps towards recovery after their surgery (pain, food, mobilisation, feelings etc.)

The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre 

• Art and Writing Therapies- Continuation of the Choices Art, Writing and Music Therapies Program.

Wollongong Hospital

• While You're Here - High End Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate - refreshments for patients and their carers.

Guaranteed Grant Recipients:

Concord Cancer Centre

• Continue funding its individual and group music therapy program run by Nordoff Robbins.


• Dream-Maker position - This position aims to help people over 17 living with metastatic cancer, relapsed blood borne cancers or grades 3 and 4 brain cancers identify and realize their dreams. Whether it’s a short break with loved ones, jumping out of a plane, or a zoom with their favourite celebrity; they help cancer patients regain a sense of control and positivity.

Northern Health

• Car - a vehicle for nursing staff to attend to oncology & haematology patients for "at-home" service, saving stressful trips into hospital.

• Comfort Patient Bags - this DJF branded tote bag will be given to each new patient on their first visit. The comfort bags will include: thermometer, SPF 30+ sunscreen, lip balm, QV cream, Bonjela mouth ulcer gel, QV wash, peppermint mints & 10 x pack surgical masks)


• Next Steps cancer wellness program - a specialised oncology exercise group course (10-weeks) designed to address the multiple health needs of people who are affected by cancer.

Western Health

• x120 BreastWest Care Packs - Moogoo Cream, Sheepskin Seat Belt, Slumbies (non slip socks) Scarf, Exercise Resistance Bands, Omron MC341 10 second read thermometer, Oral Seven Anti-bacterial Mouth Wash, Oral Seven Toothpaste, Headsox (dri fit wear for chemo), Wigs x 60, Wig fitting x 60

Camden and Campbelltown

• Evidence-based integrated oncology program - provide supportive therapies for patients who are going through treatment

Cancer Wellness Support

• Additional mobile scanner for their Sozo machines - helping to give an early indication of fluid changes and improve the management of lymphodema, a chronic condition amongst cancer patients


• Continuation of the Spot On Resource for Australians with Advanced Melanoma, introducing two Spot On podcasts and a resilience pack. These resources aim to deliver invaluable information, as well some comfort and support to Australians who have just received a Stage III or IV Melanoma diagnosis.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy

• Expansion of the Music Therapy program so that more Cancer Care services can access their program. The program aims to create a comfortable, fun, relaxing environment for people navigating a cancer diagnosis.

Otis Foundation

• 607 Gifted Nights Regional Breast Cancer Retreat Accomodation - help the Otis Foundation ensure that as many people as possible who are experiencing breast cancer can access their retreat accommodation. The retreat aims to provide temporary escape from the psychological and emotional challenges that often accompany a breast cancer diagnosis.

Our House Lismore

• A good night sleep - Our House is a place where cancer patients stay during their treatment at Lismore Base Hospital. Being 9 years old and having 1000 + guests a year, the 20 mattresses are needing to be replaced.

Sutherland Hospital

• x4 chemo chairs for patients attending the Oncology Day Clinic.

Bankstown Hospital

• Wellness Through Massage - Promoting wellness for patients affected by cancer through the complementary therapy of oncology massage.

Strategic Grant Funding:

Mark Hughes Foundation

• Printing of resources for Brain Cancer Patient Support


• Development of an Education Career Support program (ECS) for young people diagnosed with cancer, this project aims to improve outcomes for individuals with the potential for long-term flow-on effects for community and society.

Dry July Foundation

$7,232,492.92 raised

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