Thanks to this years campaign funds and a top up grant from the Dry July Foundation Queensland, 3 important pieces of equipment have been purchased for Mossman Hospital that will make patients lives a little more bearable. A blood analyser, the iStat , allows nurses to conduct point of care testing for most emergent injuries and illness, and removes the usual frustrating delay associated with having to send bloods to Cairns which would result in a wait for over 24 hours to receive the results; A bladder scanner, which is a non-invasive diagnostic tool, and when considering the number of invasive procedures cancer patients endure this will be one less; and a Progressa 585 bed and mattress. This bed has positioning and air cushioning features, percussion and vibration, passive rotation, sit to stand functions that help control pain, enhance the quality of sleep and life; and makes caregiving for patients easier.
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Nothing can replace the confidence of knowing that you can expect the best possible care – never more so than when a patient is facing a life-threatening illness such as cancer. Help us raise funds to improve patient comfort and recovery at Cairns Hospital.
Now in our 21st year, the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation on a daily basis, strives to improve health care services for thousands of residents living across this remote and regional area, which extends from Cardwell in the south, west to Croydon and north to Cape York and the Torres Strait. (Cairns Hospital even receives patients from Papua New Guinea.)
2018 Campaign funds and a top up grant from Dry July Foundation provides new equipment at Mossman Hospital
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Thanks so much to Brett Moller for taking a moment to share his family's personal journey with cancer. Donors like he and his supporters really are making a difference to help ease the path that cancer sufferers endure.
All the members of the Cairns Regional Council fundraising team are doing well and they need your help! You can donate to their team fundraising here: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/cairns-regional-council
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Harriet, a senior oncology physio at the Cancer Care Centre at Cairns Hospital, demonstrates the PhysioTouch that we bought with funds from last year's campaign. We also bought some more treatment chairs for this unit.
If you know someone taking a month off alcohol for local cancer patients, give what you can because it really does make a difference.
WELL known Cairns business woman and councillor Linda Cooper has thrown her support behind local cancer patients.
Cr Cooper issued a challenge to other councillors and staff within Cairns Regional Council, as well as regional councils in the area, to help fundraise for Dry July.
“I'm aiming to have 50 councillors and staff from Cairns Regional Council take part in Dry July with me, and I'm calling for other councils in the region to do the same,” Cr Cooper said.
People who register to take part in Dry July and nominate the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation as their beneficiary, will be helping cancer patients in outlying centres.
Dry July is an international fundraising initiative where participants sign up to “Go Dry” and not drink alcohol for the month of July. Through the financial support they receive from friends, family and colleagues, the Dry July Foundation funds wellness programs, comfort items, transport services, accommodation projects, hospital furnishings and entertainment items.
Foundation fundraising and event co-ordinator Gaby Thomasz said outlying hospitals Mossman, Atherton, Mareeba and Atherton would be the beneficiaries of this year's fundraising efforts.
“We know that health outcomes for people in regional areas, are not as good as for those in our major centres, which was why we decided to help improve cancer facilities in these outlying facilities,” she said.
Last year, the Foundation received almost $40,000 which was used by the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre to buy treatment chairs and a PhysioTouch massage therapy device.
Since 2013, Dry July has raised more than $145,000 to help cancer patients in the Far North. The money has bought medical equipment such as chemotherapy pumps which deliver medication while allowing a patient to be mobile.
To sign up for Dry July with the Foundation as the beneficiary, click HERE.
Megan Barker remembers well the moment she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 43 years.
With her husband working away in Cape York and two children aged 14 and 11 it was very important for Megan that she was able to undergo her treatment at the Liz Plummer Centre at Cairns Hospital. Previously patients have had to travel south to Townsville and Brisbane for their treatment.
“I have had 7 months of chemo, 12 months of targeted treatment and 6 weeks of radiation so I feel very fortunate that I was able to have all my treatment locally at this amazing centre. Everything is in the one spot and it is gold standard all the way”.
Dry July has donated over a hundred thousand dollars to Cancer services in Far North Queensland over the last few years. This money has bought vital equipment that has both prevented the need for patient travel and made their time spent in both the day oncology ward the cancer care ward a more comfortable experience. Several tilting treatment recliners were purchased for the Liz Plummer Centre and Megan is just one of many patients who have benefitted from using them.
“The veins in my arms disintegrated as my treatment progressed so I had to have a port inserted in my chest in order to continue. The nurses were able to tilt and change the position of the chair which allowed them to access my port easily and with minimal discomfort,” Megan explains.
“I celebrated the final day of my treatment on May 5th 2017 and I rang that bell as hard as I could! I’ve come a really long way on this cancer journey, with my wonderful husband and beautiful children supporting me every step of the way.”
“I would like to say thank you to all the local people who participate in Dry July,” Megan said. “They’re helping to support the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation which is a fantastic organisation that works tirelessly to improve our local health services.”