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Working together to prevent, cure and care.

That simple sentence sums up Flinders Foundation’s purpose – to work together with individuals and organisations in the community to support health and medical research and improve patient care across the Flinders medical precinct.

Together, we raise vital funds to support the leading clinicians and researchers across Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University to make medical discoveries and improve the care available to patients and their families – including those affected by cancer.

Each year, Flinders Medical Centre provides around 45,000 appointments for people with cancer and more than 2,500 South Australians are diagnosed with the disease

By working together with organisations such as the Dry July Foundation, and generous individuals and fundraisers in our community, patients and their families can continue to receive the best treatment, care and support.

The focal point of integrated cancer care at Flinders is the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. The $30 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer opened its doors in 2012, thanks to the support of the community and generous grants and donations.

The world-class centre combines compassionate care, world-leading research and comprehensive support programs for people living with cancer, all under the same roof.

In February 2020, Flinders Foundation worked in partnership with Dry July to open a new Cancer Wellness Centre on the ground floor of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. The Cancer Wellness Centre offers people with cancer, and their families and carers, holistic support that contributes to a healthier life, so they can thrive, during and after cancer.

The Cancer Wellness Centre provides a range of services to help address many of the unmet needs of patients and their families – many of which can be lifelong.

This extra support focuses on the range of physical, educational, emotional and practical impacts of cancer. Services include nutrition education sessions with a dietitian, physiotherapy, Arts in Health activities such as meditation, relaxation, creative writing and art therapy, as well as social work information sessions about finance, stress management, grief, loss and survivorship.

By signing up for Dry July and raising funds for Flinders Foundation, you will support the ongoing delivery of these life-changing services and programs. Thank you for supporting Flinders Foundation to prevent, cure and care.

Latest Updates

Flinders Foundation receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Flinders Foundation has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• 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.

Building a Cancer Wellness Centre

Director of The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Professor Bogda Koczwara discusses the need to build a Cancer Wellness Centre within the building for people and their families affected by cancer.

Sign up to Dry July and help Flinders Foundation raise $500,000 to make this centre a reality. 

Click HERE to watch the video.

Dry July CEO visits Flinders Foundation

In early May, Brett Macdonald CEO of Dry July visits the team at the inspirational Flinders Foundation who are applying their Dry July Funding for 2018 toward their new Wellness Centre.

The centre will be great support to patients and their families during and after their cancer treatment.

Specialist resources will be accessed to develop programs that assist with relationships, lifestyle, employment, fertility, finances, diet and nutrition for those accessing the Centre.

Wellness Centre - Before the refurbishment

Dry July’s 2018 campaign funds will be applied to develop the new Wellness Centre at Flinders Foundation. Here is the Wellness Centre space before refurbishment - watch this space for updates! 

Grant from Dry July brings Cancer Wellness Centre a step closer….

Thanks to funds raised by Dry July participants in 2017, and a generous grant from the Dry July Foundation, a dedicated Cancer Wellness Centre in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) is closer to becoming a reality.

But more funding is needed to help raise $500,000 and ensure Flinders Foundation can create this flagship centre to provide comprehensive support for people and their families living with the effects of cancer.

Over one million Australians have been diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their life.

While it’s great news that improved cancer detection and treatments have led to improved survival rates for people diagnosed with cancer, this has also contributed to an increased need to provide support and services to those with cancer.

The FCIC provides clinical care and research under the one roof and has a track record of supporting people who are living with cancer throughout their cancer journey. Their needs include not just supportive care during cancer treatment, but also addressing other needs including physical, emotional and practical concerns that are often not easily managed in the cancer clinic.

To better focus on these needs, a unique space is required.

Establishing a new Cancer Wellness Centre within the FCIC will provide support to help patients and their families to cope with a range of cancer effects and concerns, including fatigue, anxiety, financial and employment concerns, while also helping them to transition to life with cancer, and life after cancer.

The new Cancer Wellness Centre will connect people with a range of services to help them overcome the effects of cancer and meet their needs. It will also provide an important focal point within the FCIC for patients and their loved ones to receive support and connect with others.

The range of services available within the Wellness Centre will be developed collaboratively by clinicians, researchers, patients and their families. The services at the Wellness Centre will be closely integrated with research, undertaken by the Flinders University, to ensure that evidence informs care and that patients’ needs inform future research.

By supporting Flinders Foundation this Dry July, you’ll be helping people and their families affected by cancer by raising funds to establish a Cancer Wellness Centre in the FCIC.