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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 Victoria 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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Victorian cancer support organisations benefit from the Dry July Foundation Grant Program

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

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.

In Victoria, we distributed $545,000 of grant funding to 13 organisations.

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 Victorian Grant Program recipients:

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

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

• Vital Signs Monitor to significantly reduce the disturbance to patients

Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong

• Therapy Programs including exercise therapy, a nutrition program and oncology massage

• Patient Bedside Entertainment System, to ensure the patient has access to the latest technology to watch TV, play games, listen to the radio, order food, send emails, surf the internet and video conference with doctors if needed

Bendigo Health

• Upgrades to Lucan Street cancer patient accommodation including new lighting and fittings, a new recliners for cancer patients, to make the accommodation more comfortable

Cancer Council Victoria

• ‘Now I can understand’: producing cancer information and support resources in multiple languages for Cancer Council’s most-used information resources including: What is cancer?, Coping with cancer fatigue, Caring for someone with cancer, How we help to support

Eastern Health Cancer Services

• Bedside arm chairs for each room on the Oncology/Haematology Ward at Box Hill Hospital

Flinders Foundation

• Developing and furnishing the family room at the new wellness centre at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), to provide a dedicated space for the entire family to be a part of diagnosis, treatment and other stages of living with cancer.

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

• Gentle yoga for cancer patients to improve sleep, decrease stress and enhance quality of life

• Creating music memories: using clinical song writing to create songs written by people experiencing cancer with the assistance of music therapists

• Cancer Information and Resource Service to help patients access information related to their diagnosis and prognosis, assists in making treatment decisions to empower them in this process, and accessing support services

• Oncology Massage for cancer patients to reduce pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression

• LiveWell, a post-treatment group to provide information and help develop practical skills in managing a healthy lifestyle whilst coping with the after effects of their cancer and its treatment

Pancare Foundation

• Patient Support Days to support people affected by pancreatic cancer, from point of diagnosis through to recovery from treatments, to ensure patients are receiving the very best care and information at all stages of their diagnosis and treatment

Peninsula Health

• Improving patient wellbeing on Ward 5SF at Frankston Hospital through therapeutic massage, to reduce symptoms of cancer treatment such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

• Oncology massage and writing master class at the Wellbeing Centre to enhance the support for the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of cancer patients

Royal Melbourne Hospital

• iPads for Head, Neck and Thyroid cancer patients on the ward to exercise their brain after surgery

• Refurbishment 3 West Day Surgery unit to make the waiting are a more calm, comfortable and cosy environment for patients and families who come in for endoscopy procedures

• Purchase of T34 Syringe Pumps which deliver medications continuously to maintain symptom control and comfort in patients who are no longer able to take oral medication

St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

• Additional scalp cooling caps for use with the Scalp Cooling Machine, which decreases the scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles, the cooling caps alleviate the damage of chemotherapy

The Alfred, Melbourne

• Patient accommodation for rural and regional patients, providing with ‘hotel style’ accommodation close to the hospital


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Information & Resource Centre

Cancer patients and their families now have a dedicated space to find out more information and talk to others, with the opening of the Cancer Information and Resource Lounge at Frankston Hospital.

Construction of the lounge, which has a suite of specially set-up iPads, a range of printed information sheets and a volunteer to provide assistance, was funded by Dry July.

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Dry July Foundation funding for Oncology massage

The patients on 5FS, Peninsula Health's Oncology and Haematology Ward at Frankston Hospital now has access to specialist massages thanks to the Dry July Foundation. McCrae local Ronald Carter who has blood cancer, says the massages have helped offset the side effects of his treatment.

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Feedback on Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre wellness programs

Dry July is proud to fund numerous wellness programs at the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC).

With Dry July 2016 funds, a number of programs have been implemented and patients have shared their feedback:

Oncology Massage

“I have had massage from a great number of practitioners over the years, and on being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer, I found it difficult to find a suitable practitioner with oncology experience.

I felt really nervous about being handled in a deep tissue manner and anyone touching me in site of the worrying glands.

However, Helen not only made me feel comfortable but as soon as she touched me I trusted her intention was to help me heal in a gentle and professional manner. I have noticed a difference in the way I breathe and feel after having a treatment. Helen allows me to cry without needing to ask what is wrong or will not talk if I do not feel like making conversation.”

Shiatsu

"I recently had my first ever shiatsu massage at the BRICC Wellness Centre and found it to be a deeply relaxing experience. I have just completed chemotherapy treatment and like the idea that shiatsu aims at treating the person holistically.

Art Therapy

“For me, art therapy has been very grounding. It has let me have a space to explore some feelings without having to talk about them; it has helped me reshape my life. I know that sounds strange, but the process of making art – sometimes very purposeful and sometimes really just scribbling – has helped me to process feelings about myself, my body and my perception of the future.

I love the company of the other people at art therapy and the gentleness with which we go about making art that is really putting a little bit of ourselves onto paper.”

There is quite a lot to be said about the Wellness Centre. The Wellness Centre is designed to meet the needs of patients both during and post treatment with the aim of empowering and supporting people with cancer to take an active role in their health and well being. The Wellness Centre offers complementary therapies designed to relieve tension and may also reduce levels of pain, fatigue, nausea and anxiety in a safe and healing environment. Patients are supported, informed and empowered to experience life as a cancer survivor or meet the challenges of advanced disease and end of life care."

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Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital - Patient comfort and Information Resources

Foundation funding of $58k has enabled this cancer service centre to provide facilities to make patients more comfortable, rental TVs for each room, massage therapy and reconfiguration of the day-lounge area to be complete by the end of April. The other project, an information and resource area is in the planning stage and is anticipated to be completed by August 2017.