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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 in New South Wales 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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Dry July Funds Hilltop Lodge in Albury

Fight Cancer Foundation's Albury accommodation centre, Hilltop, provides a comfortable, affordable home away from home for people who need to travel to receive treatment for cancer at the new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.

Located on the grounds of Albury Base Hospital, Hilltop provides motel-style accommodation for up to 20 patients and their families or carers each night. Communal areas help foster a community atmosphere which provides additional support to guests.

At the request of 2016 Dry July participant, Scott Davis, funding from Dry July is sought to support Hilltop to continue to provide low-cost accommodation to cancer patients from rural and regional Victoria and New South Wales receiving treatment in Albury.

Scott participated in Dry July in honour of a friend who is currently undergoing treatment at Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre and who regularly stays at Hilltop. Scott requested Fight Cancer Foundation apply for the funds he raised to be able to support his friend and people like her during their fight against cancer. Opened in 2013, Hilltop provides low or no-cost short and long-term accommodation to rural and regional families, removing the additional stress of finding accommodation close to the hospital and the financial burden of an uncertain income. Guests who qualify for the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS) are not generally out-of-pocket for accommodation at Hilltop, while $52 per night is charged for guest who are ineligible (with an average Albury hotel price of $130).

They style of accommodation is family centred and enables family and/or carers to support the patient throughout treatment, which research finds aids in recovery. Additionally, Hilltop encourages community through ‘The Hub’ meeting area, dining, lounge, barbecue, children's play and laundry areas, as well as acts as a central point for community groups and other local cancer services, including the McGrath Foundation and hospital services.

Providing sustainable accommodation close to the Regional Cancer Centre is in the interests of the hospital and patients, ensuring the increasing need for this type of accommodation is met for people living with cancer and their families in the years ahead.

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Reflected Legacy Celebrates 3 Years

The staff, patients, families and artists at Liverpool Hospital recently celebrated 3 years of a groundbreaking arts and health legacy program in the Palliative Care ward, known as the Reflected Legacy Program.

Reflected Legacy captured the life stories of patients in visual art and sound recordings. Artists sit in conversation with patients, creating striking Ink-Pressing artworks that represent their experiences of freedom, joy, courage and love in their human lifetime. The creative experience for the patient and family is integrated into holistic care on the ward, encouraging empathy and deeply enriching the end of life process. Since the program’s launch in 2015, there have been a number of positive and significant patient outcomes including improvements in mood, appetite, sleep patterns and pain management as well as consistently positive feedback from families and staff. 

In the final year, over 50 families were supported through this unique practice and with the training delivered by artist Flutter Lyon, 9 new artists have taken their practice into new health and end of life spaces.

This was a unique partnership between Liverpool Hospital, The GroundSwell Project and artist Flutter Lyon  

Dry July was a proud supporter of this project.

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NSW Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds

We have announced the 41 recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program as part of the 2016 Dry July campaign. In NSW, 13 organisations received funding for a wide variety of projects (listed below) to support those with cancer. 

For the full announcement please click on  the link below:

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in New South Wales:

Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre

    o  Art & Music Therapy Programs

    o Exercise Physiology Program

• Central Coast Local Health District

    o CoastCanCare Wellness Program

• Coonabarabran Cancer Support Group

    o Palliative care room refurbishment (‘P4P’ project)

• Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

    o Arterie Group Workshops

    o Arterie Open Studio

    o Living Room Lymphoedema Management Program

    o Mobile patient entertainment stations

     o Volunteer Music Program equipment

• The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (Westmead Hospital)

    o Branded secure wheelchairs

    o Massage Therapy

    o Music system for radiotherapy bunkers

    o Newspaper subscriptions

    o Pamper packs for patients

    o Refrigerators for palliative care rooms

    o King single sofa beds for single rooms in the Palliative Care ward

• Fight Cancer Foundation

    o Support for Hilltop accommodation centre in Albury

HammondCare’s Jacaranda Ward (Greenwich Hospital)

    o iPads (11) for speech therapy

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

    o Wellness Centre Support Programs (Pilates/Yoga, Qi Gong, Thai Chi, Zumba, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy)

    o Reflected Legacy art therapy program for palliative care patients

• Moruya District Hospital

    o Life’s Scrapbook, a narrative life story program for palliative care patients

    o Connections, a psychoeducational group

• Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

    o Music Therapy Program at Nepean Cancer Care Services

• The Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation

    o CanCare Patient Navigation Program (partial funding)

• Royal North Shore Hospital

    o Activity packs for long-term haematology patients of Ward 8E

    o New treatment chairs for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

• St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

    o Group Programs (Art Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation, Exercise and Nutrition, Lifestyle Education)

    o Massage Program

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Additional Parking for Orange Patients

The Western Care Lodge in Orange NSW offers dedicated accommodation facilities to cancer patients from around the state's western region. Dry July funds in 2013 assisted with completing Stage 2 of the Lodge, which opened an additional wing of rooms and was operating at capacity.

The new wing enabled more guests to utilise the Lodge but with this increased traffic came the realisation that there was insufficient parking, particularly for disabled guests.

The Dry July Foundation awarded a grant in 2015 to Cancer Care Western NSW, which operates the Lodge, for the establishment of two additional car parks. These spots will make it easier for patients who can't walk as far to disembark within 10 metres of their accommodation, and help reduce the stress associated with arriving to find a car park full - for patients and carers who are already dealing with a lot of anxiety.

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Reflected Legacy Palliative Care Program at Liverpool Hospital

Dry July is thrilled to be able to support ‘Reflected Legacy’, a ground breaking arts and health program at Liverpool Hospital. This program received funding from Dry July’s 2015 Grant Program.

Lead by visual artist Flutter Lyon, this project complements the holistic care of cancer patients in palliative care, while enhancing and changing the physical environment for patients, families and staff on the ward.

How the Program Works

Flutter Lyon hosts Pressing Sessions in patient rooms; profound, interactive experiences between the artist and the patient that combine storytelling and art making. Through a series of questions and storytelling exercises Flutter captures the life stories of people in the last days and weeks of their life in unique Ink-Pressing artworks and sound recordings, which are then given to the patient and their family as a gift of art and legacy.

Connection. Insight. Healing.

When we tell our stories, it gives us a way of sharing and reflecting upon the life we are living. Free expression and storytelling in this setting offers a deepened sense of connection to the value and meaning of our individual and shared life experiences.

It can bring comfort, celebration and beauty during a challenging time in our lives, encouraging the recall of memories and key points in our life that we have felt free, joyous, loving and loved, strong and hopeful. By remembering what we have done and seeing the powerful nature of our human experience, it can help empower us to find the strength and bravery we might desire now.

What the Program Does

This powerful experience, when taken into the palliative care space, provides tangible outcomes:

  • -patients report improvements to their mood, pain management, appetite and sleep patterns;
  • families report feeling uplifted and more connected; and
  • staff report new insights into patient care and a greater sense of support and resilience within the ward environment

Who the Project is For

Patients and loved ones engaged in the Palliative Care services at Liverpool Hospital.

This story was originally posted on Flutter Lyon’s Facebook Page

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