Mater Cancer Services Day Oncology unit in Brisbane has used funds from Dry July towards an art therapy program.
Art therapy is used to help patients manage physical and psychological issues by using creative activities to express emotions. It provides an outlet for people to address emotional conflicts about their diagnosis and treatment, and express feelings that they may not be able to speak about out loud. The process of producing art can also be a relaxation tool for cancer patients. Trained art therapists guide patients through this therapy.