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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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NSW recipients of the 2018 Dry July Foundation Grant Program announced

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dry July Foundation Grant Program in NSW.

The money for the Grant Program was raised by Dry July 2018 participants, who elected to fundraise for the Dry July Foundation as part of their alcohol-free month.

In October, the Dry July Foundation invited cancer support organisations to apply for a grant. Each grant application was capped at $50,000, however organisations could apply for more than one grant.

Nationally, we received an incredible 171 grant applications from 65 organisations across Australia, totalling over $6.4m. With $4.1m available from this year’s Dry July, we were able to award funding to 138 projects.

Since 2008, the Dry July Foundation has funded more than 1,200 projects for 80 cancer support organisations across Australia.

Congratulations to this year’s NSW Grant Program recipients:

Blacktown and Mount Druitt

• Children’s Play Area, to provide a safe space for patient's families to spend whilst their parent/caregiver/family member is undergoing treatment

Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle

• Upgrades to the Day Treatment Centre including new seating for the waiting are, and new treatment chairs for patients

• Scarves and Turbans for oncology patients to help maintain their identity, dignity, and confidence following hair loss.

• L-Dex ImpediMed Device to help identify lymphoedema in breast cancer patients

• Videos to provide education and information to patients, carers and the public about cancer treatment at the hospital

Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals

• Patient Orientation Project to provide information about the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre including medical services provided, parking for patients, billings, pharmacy costs, clinical trials and accessing patient transport when undergoing treatment

Cancer Council NSW

• An informational podcast series for patients, exploring the clinical, practical, physical and emotional concerns of for people experiencing advanced cancer.

• Survivorship webinars focused on addressing survivorship issues and helping patients and carers adjust to life after cancer.

• Telephone-based support for cancer survivors to help to reduce their stress levels, improve diet and exercise and reduce their risk of cancer recurrence for some cancers

• Accommodation Upgrades at Lilier Lodge in Wagga Wagga

• ENRICHing Survivorship: a free, group-based program, introducing cancer survivors to important nutrition information, gentle physical activity, and key information about adjusting to life after cancer

• Information Resources for people affected by blood cancer; the production and print of three information booklets: Understanding Myeloma, Understanding Acute Leukaemia, and Understanding Hodgkin Lymphoma. These resources will be available in print and online.

• Expand Cancer Council Information Services in to three new hospitals, and also refurbish existing services in two locations

Cancer Wellness Support - Blue Mountains and Penrith

• Four ‘Living & Thriving’ three-day programs, to assist patients to look at ways to overcome the challenges of cancer and develop personal cancer care choices

Central Coast LHD - CoastCanCare

• CoastCanCare Wellness Program, providing information, practical tools and support to promote wellness for adult cancer patients in the Central Coast local community.

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

• ICU chairs, providing acutely unwell and severely deconditioned patients with access to supportive and comfortable seating

• ICU Waiting Room Refurbishment including a new kitchenette and shower facilities, to accommodate carers with family members in the ICU

• Complementary Therapy Inpatient Program, providing free access to massage, reflexology and other complementary therapies for patients and their carers

• Power Plate Vibration Trainer to add to the programme of the exercise physiologists for patient recovery

Concord Cancer Centre

• Patient Check-in Kiosks to ensure that patients waiting for clinic appointments and treatments will be kept updated of any delays/updates

• Physical wellness program as part of the Surviorship program, including yoga, pilates, tai chi, and medical qigong classes

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

• Supportive Program Manager, responsible for the continuation of programs at the Wellness Centre

• Creative Legacy Program to create legacy artworks with patients and families in Palliative Care

• HiMed Cockpit Chairside Patient Entertainment Tablets for patients to access the internet for cancer information, entertainment through Wifi, gain access to Promp Surveys for improved patient outcomes and access to a Multilingual app

Moruya District Hospital

• ‘Connections’ Group, a program that presents topics that address the patient/carer’s health and wellbeing and psychological functioning, including information and discussion on nutrition, emotions, exercise, financial support, coping strategies and pain and symptom management

Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Penrith

• Exercise Program for Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation (ABMT) patients, before, during and after a transplant, reducing fatigue, emotional and physical decline in patients

• Pressure Relieving Equipment so patients can be discharged earlier and be more comfortable at home

• Refurbishment of Radiation Therapy patient room including new lounges, paintings and chairs for the patient interview room, to make it a more comfortable and relaxed environment

NICM Health Research Institute

• Supportive Care at the Westmead precinct of the Western Sydney Integrative Health (WSIH) centre: offering massage, acupuncture and yoga as supportive care to patients with cancer who may not typically be able to access these services due to financial constraints

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

• Music Therapy at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre, using live and interactive music to support patients as they receive treatment for cancer.

Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards

• Continuation of Relaxation and Meditation Program, where participants are taught essential relaxation and meditation skills to support them through their cancer journey

• New Chemotherapy chairs in the Chemotherapy Day Treatment Unit, to increase patient comfort and safety during treatment

Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

• “While You're Here” project: providing patients with reading materials and activities to distract and occupy them while waiting for appointments or during treatment

• Virtual Reality Patient Education for Radiation Therapy Patients, allowing patients and their carers to see how radiation works, what it will do to tumours, and what the treatment will look and sound like

St George Hospital

• Chemotherapy treatment chairs to improve the comfort of patients receiving chemotherapy

St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

• Gift of Wellness Hardship Program, allowing patients experiencing hardship, to receive free complementary therapy treatments as part of their integrated care, to enhance their overall wellbeing

Sutherland Hospital

• Chemotherapy treatment chairs to improve the comfort of patients receiving chemotherapy

The Prince of Wales Hospital

• Fit out of Cancer Survivorship Centre with video-conferencing and AV/VC to run tele-health programs for patients accessing the Centre’s services by distance.

Westmead Hospital - The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre

• Radiotherapy Waiting Room Refurbishment to make patients and their carers more comfortable while they wait for treatment

Wollongong Hospital

• “Reinvigorate Our Space” project: refurbishing the Main Reception of the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre, to provide a safe and calm environment that welcomes patients and houses them comfortably during one of the most stressful periods of their lives

For the full list of grant recipients, please visit 

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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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