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You can make a difference to people affected by cancer by supporting the Dry July Foundation. Money raised will go to organisations across Australia which offer cancer support and treatment services. Funds are awarded following a grant application round in late October each year. Grant recipients may include small regional hospitals, metropolitan hospitals, and not-for-profit organisations. For more information please email [email protected]

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Creating a legacy for palliative care patients

Thanks to Dry July fundraising in 2019, we've been able to award a grant to the GroundSwell Project for their Creative Legacy Program.

Creative Legacy Program is an award winning arts and health experience that combines storytelling and art making on an acute Palliative Care ward.

Through conversation and story-telling exercises the artist captures the life stories of people in the last days and weeks of their life in personalised artworks, which are then given to the patient and their family as a gift of art and legacy. 

Watch this TODAY Show segment to learn more about Creative Legacy.

Dreams2Live4 receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that national charity, Dreams2Live4 have received a grant from the Dry July Foundation, to help make dreams come true for adult cancer patients who are living with metastatic cancer (any cancer which has spread).

Living with metastatic cancer can be an overwhelming and grueling battle. Dreams2Live4 empowers these patients to dream and find purpose again. It is the only charity of its type in Australia for adult patients. Last year they worked with more than 450 patients and their families in hospitals across Australia. A dream is coming true every 48 hours!

Dreams2Live4 was founded by metastatic cancer sufferer, Annie Robinson in 2008 as a program at one Sydney Hospital. Her personal experience gave her unique insight into the importance of “treating the soul as well as the disease.” “If we can encourage people to think of what their dreams may be and help them achieve these dreams, they just may improve the outlook of their disease.” — Annie Robinson

Dreamers range from 17 years old, from all walks of life, with all types of cancer, and they all have their own unique dreams. We have had weddings, hot air ballooning, adventures to the reef and snow. Some dreamers ask to meet their idol- Guy Sebastian, Dawn French, Craig Lowndes, The Kings of Leon – just to name a few.

Other dreamers long to create lasting happy memories for those they leave behind in the form of family photographs, publishing their memoirs, getaways and family reunions. Or it could be as simple as having their hair done so the nurses see them at their best. Sadly, Annie passed away in 2009. She has left a legacy of hope which lives on today in the work of Dreams2live4. 

Find out more about Dreams2Live4:

Photo credit: Lara Hotz Photography

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


• 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


• 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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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

Dry July Foundation has started distributing funds raised from 2019 Dry July campaign

We’re thrilled to announce the initial projects being funded from Dry July fundraising in 2019. 

The following funding has been awarded to our major beneficiaries and campaign beneficiaries, and additional funding will be distributed to successful applicants of the Dry July Foundation Grant Program in November.  

Major Beneficiaries

Cancer Council 

Dry July funding will go towards the national 13 11 20 support line service. A confidential cancer information and support phone line, run by experienced Cancer Nurses, connecting Aussie cancer patients and their families to resources and services.

Leukaemia Foundation 

This year, funds raised during Dry July will directly support the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Transport to Treatment Program. For people living with blood cancer, getting to and from hospital for treatment can be an extra burden at an already stressful time. Especially for those who have already relocated from rural or remote areas for cancer treatments, who don’t have any other means of transport, or who have limited finances.

Look Good Feel Better 

2019 funds will allow for 420 Look Good Feel Better workshops, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.

McGrath Foundation 

Dry July funds in 2019 will go towards funding the McGrath Breast Care Nurse program, which provides invaluable support and care to women and men experiencing breast cancer.

Funding will go towards 4 nurses based in Albury/Wodonga VIC, Frankston VIC, Gatton QLD and Sunshine Coast QLD, and 2 part-time nurses based in Port Augusta SA and Kalgoorlie WA

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia 

Dry July funds will support Australian men with life changing support from a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse (PCSN), being there to support patients with any health and emotional challenges during (and after) their treatment. Funds from 2019 will allow for a 3 year contract for a PCSN in Queensland.


No matter where in Australia a young person is treated or lives, Redkite’s professional support team is available for them and their families to give counselling, financial assistance for travel to and from hospital, cover rent and food, along with educational and career support.

Funds from Dry July 2019 will go towards Redkite’s Cancer Journey Program for Young People, and co-funding of Diagnosis Support Packs for Young People.

Campaign Beneficiaries 

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, VIC 

• Continuation of wellness program including massage, yoga, Art Therapy, Financial Counselling, Shiatsu, Mindfulness, Delta Dog visits, Reiki and more

Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong, VIC 

• Wellness Lounge programs and patient comfort items: art therapy; exercise therapy, iPads, blankets, cushions, headphones

• Assistance for Ba-Lee Lodge renovation - repainting 5 Self Contained Apartments

Bendigo Health, VIC

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

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, NSW

• Ward 5B (Oncology ward)

o Communication Boards: Dry wipe boards to help non-verbal (Tracheotomy) patients communicate with doctors, nurses, family and friends while staying on the ward

o Comfort care items for patients to make their stay on the ward more comfortable, including rechargeable hand held fans, eye masks and ear plugs

• Ward 5C (Haematology Ward)

o General Equipment for the ward: Comfort furniture and furnishings - leg rests/cushions/wedges/fans etc.

o Bariatric Equipment: Seeing an increase in demand and loan pool often out of stock of general equipment for larger patients

o 1 x Portable O2 Concentrator Pack: Portable oxygen so patients can move around/sit outside with visitors etc.

o 2 x SAM Overlay Mattresses

o 1 x TIS Electric Mobile Shower Commode

o 5 x fully positional specialist electric patient chairs

• Blanket Warmer for the Melanoma Unit

• 5 x treatment chairs for the Day Treatment Centre: New chemotherapy chairs to replace older style that are worn out. New chairs have silica upholstery and built in multimedia platform.

Central Coast LHD – CoastCanCare, NSW

• Ongoing Funding for CoastCanCare wellness program for the Central Coast

CoastCanCare provides information, education and support programs for patients and carers to develop skills for coping with a cancer diagnosis, treatments and treatment side effects, such as fatigue, pain and anxiety. Many of the CoastCanCare programs focus on reducing anxiety and stress and is a great space for patients and carers to connect with and support each other. Those attending the Program are then better equipped to stick with their treatment plan with the best possible outcomes... and to manage their health and well-being at the end of their care.

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, NSW

• Gym Garden: Build a small garden outside gym window

• Speech Pathology Tools to relieve anxiety in tracheotomy patients. The tracheostomy model can demo how the procedures are performed

• New Yoga Equipment

• Connect Pods for Clinics: 6 workspace 'pods' including computers connected to the internet so that patients can work/ stay connected whilst in hospital

• Bladder scanner

• Commodes and shower chairs for patient rooms and visitor chairs for Level 9 south

• Maintenance of Patient Transport: Keeping the Transport to Treatment service going, to help patients get to can from treatment and appointments

• Physiotherapist Rehab Equipment: Fortress mobile posture mirror, Fortress Rolling platform step and ankle weights

• Charging Stations for Waiting Rooms, to help keep patients devices fully charged so they can stay connected with family and friends during treatment

• Continued Complementary Inpatient Program: Ongoing Massage/reflexology program for patients or carers

• Ongoing funding for Arterie Carterie Art Therapy Program

• Lymphoedema Management Program: Lymphoedema drainage massage, laser therapy, exercise and acupuncture services for patients with Lymphoedema

Flinders Foundation, SA

• Arts in Health services as part of the Cancer Wellness Program at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, NSW

• Funding from Dry July continues to support the Wellness Centre at Liverpool Hospital. Wellness Programs offered at the centre include Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, cooking, gardening, zumba, and exercise physiology.

• Purchase and installation of 20 Free to Air TV's for Palliative Care Ward (currently, patients in palliative care have to pay a daily rate for access to free-to-air TV)

Mater Cancer Care Centre, Brisbane, QLD

• Return to Wellness Program: High risk breast cancer women having all treatments will be able to access a guided exercise program (once or twice a week) with a Physiotherapist and Breast Care Nurse

Nepean Cancer Centre, Penrith, NSW

• Refurbishment Blood Collection room including patching, painting of mural and installing shelving

• Radiotherapy Patient Gowns for make patients more comfortable during their treatment

• Urinalysis machine and 2 x observation machines to improve care for inpatients

• Body composition analyser for patients, to detect whether early intervention is required from Allied Health professionals

• Body Fluid Analyser for breast patients to help prevent Lymphoedema (swelling of certain parts of the body)

• Nikki Pumps, a mobile automated drug delivery system which enables palliative care at home

• Specialist seating for with cushions that mold to patient who will be sat for long periods for Stem Cell Infusion

• Installation of a hand painted mural to enhance the patient waiting room

North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth, NSW

• Mobile lymphoedema/remedial massage therapist and physiotherapist for house bound patients in New England North West area. This service helps improve access to Lymphoedema Services for patients

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, VIC

• Exercise Physiologists at the ONJ Centre Wellness Gym, allowing the gym to increase hours to meet demand (currently 41 patients on wait list)

• Cancer Information and Resource Service

• Continued funding for the Oncology Massage Program

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD

• Purchase of computers for patient computer hub, for patients to access latest information and keep connected whilst attending appointments

• Patient refreshment area

• Pet Therapy Program

• Kitchen Renovation and introduction of nutrition and cooking classes

Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

• Continuation of CanSupport program including relaxation and meditation; wig library and cancer support programs.

Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre, NSW

• Wellness Activities including Yoga, Tai Chi and massage

• Art and our community: Commission of local indigenous artist to produce bespoke artwork for the centre

• Enhancements to Patient Accommodation: Purchase of comfort items at the Shoalhaven Cancer Accommodation Centre - iPads, Coffee machines, pots, pans and sandwich press

• While You're Here Project: Magazine subscriptions and entertainment packs for children

Solaris Cancer Care, WA

• Production of booklets outlining services available at Solaris Cancer Centres.

• Patient Education Seminars - Specific and detailed education and information to cancer patients

• Exercise & complementary therapies

• Implementing an ongoing program of guided meditation through drumming

• Purchase of oils, creams, disposable head sheets for massage therapy.

• Counselling Services

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, NSW

• BMT Ward Family Room & Wellbeing Programs - Purchase of iPads, gaming consoles plus various group sessions (meditation/art therapy/massage and reflexology)

• Group Wellbeing Programs in 2020 - 2 x 8 week Meditation and Mindfulness programs; 8 x Art Therapy 2 hour workshops and 3 x 6 week Yoga programs.

• Lymphoedema Management - Lymphoedema drainage massage therapist

St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC

• Christmas decorations for Cancer Centre, 6th Floor Oncology - hire and installation of professional Christmas Decorations

• Daily Newspapers for waiting areas

• Fresh Flowers weekly in waiting areas

• Android & Apple device chargers - purchase of chargers as patients often forget to bring their own

• Special treat for the patients: Tim Tams, Carman's Muesli Bars, No Sugar Soft Drink, Luxury Tea Bags

• Exercise Equipment - purchase of hand weights, exercise mats and stretch bands

• Basic over-ear headphones - for patients in multi-bed rooms

• Reusable waterproof covers for PICCs - More comfortable than waterproof taping

• Eyemasks and earplugs to block out surrounding ward noise and light, and enable rest during treatment

• Aromatherapy Oils and Diffusers to provide a more calming and relaxing atmosphere

• New artwork for Ward 6 West

• Kids toys for 6 west 'common room' to entertain children and enable adults to catch up

• Art Supplies for the patient art room for Art Therapy

• New faux plants for sunroom & common rooms on the 6th floor

• Document Holders at each patient’s bedside in the cancer centre, to reduce loose paper and give patients somewhere to store relevant pamphlets and information

The Alfred, Melbourne, VIC

• Expansion of the music therapy program from two days to three days

• Instruments for the music therapy program - Purchase of guitar, keyboard and iPad for patients to use during music therapy sessions

The Canberra Hospital, ACT

• Purchase of specialist chairs/pods that convert into beds with movable/breathable shade/cover that prevents noise and light penetration. Sleep Pods use psychoacoustic techniques to promote relaxation and sleep. These are for use by rural and regional patients that travel and need rest during treatment.

The Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW

• Cancer Survivorship Garden – Creating a beautiful, calming environment for the newly developed Cancer Survivorship Centre

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC

• Electronic Equipment Package - Purchase 3 x iPads and 5 cx Portable Combination Digital Radio/CD players

• Complimentary Hospital TV Rental - Ongoing rental of TV System in Palliative Care

• Platelet Incubator - Prevents wastage as once platelets dispensed from blood bank they cannot be returned

• General Equacel pressure relieving cushions

• Sara Steady Standing Hoist and iPad for speech pathology to assist ward based rehab, to speed recovery before rehab sessions

• BOSE Soundlink Bluetooth speaker to play music on the ward

• iPad for patient admission, to aid head and neck liaison nurse with visual resources

• iPad to email wound process photos so that patients can email wound progress photos

• Purchase Post Op Care Packages for 100 head and neck cancer patients

• Palliative Care Garden - Faux turf and plants for external 'balcony' area outside palliative care windows

The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre, QLD

• Women’s intra and post treatment exercise program

• Men’s intra and post treatment exercise program

Wollongong Hospital, NSW

• “While You’re Here”: Reading Materials in Patient Waiting Areas, “Busy nipper packs” to entertain children, Calm Colouring packs and Spotify account for radiation treatment area

• 2019/20 Survivorship and Mindfulness Program

• “Wollongong Strong” Patient Portrait Series Art Exhibition of portraits of previous cancer patients and support staff

• Reinvigorate Our Space - Oncology Day Centre Waiting Area - ICCC - Continuation of Refreshing our Patient Spaces Adding an extra space to the ongoing project.

Grant funding for Rural patients in Southern NSW provides valuable connection for patients to treatment and support both in their local area and to tertiary centres.

With thanks to Grant Funding from Dry July (since 2017), has enabled the Eurobodalla Cancer Care Centre to design and deliver “Connections”, a wellness program for the region’s patients and their carers to assist manage the challenge cancer brings.

The Eurobodalla Cancer Care Centre (ECCC) treats around 180 people per month, along with their carers within the Eurobodalla Shire. The ECCS is serviced by two visiting Oncologists & Haematologists from Canberra, once per month. For our patients, access to complementary Allied Health services is via referral to external services.

The Dry July funded Connections program is the only support and education group available in the Eurobodalla Shire to support people affected by cancer. The ‘Connections’ program topics focus on health, wellbeing, coping tools & linkages to appropriate health and community services in and outside the region for people affected by cancer in the Eurobodalla. The Connections program also provides a forum in which patients can access accurate information from Allied Health professions without a referral to external services.

Feedback from participants in the Connections program includes;

- “the Connections program has made me feel validated, that I am not alone in this”

- “[the Connections program has] given me the opportunity to communicate better with my Specialists about how I am feeling”

- “[the Connections program has] taught me the tools I need to manage my stress, worry and sadness, so I can have more up-days”

- “being able to meet and talk to others from my local community, helped make going for treatment out of the area, easier, less confusing and less of a struggle”

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