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Solaris Cancer Care is an Australian first, providing integrative oncological services to West Australians with all types of cancer, from diagnosis to palliative care and survivorship since 2001. Our six centres in regional WA and metropolitan Perth provide clients with evidence-based complementary therapies, group support, counselling, education and workshops. Our clients, their families and carers are at the heart of everything we do. From yoga, art therapy, choir and meditation to women’s wellness groups and guest speaker programs, we focus on helping people live well.

By raising funds for Dry July, you play a critical role in ensuring we can continue to offer our diverse range of community, mental health and regional outreach programs. Solaris Cancer Care receives minimal funding from the WA government and relies on generous donors like yourself to help support all WA cancer clients. We acknowledge that everyone is unique; each cancer patient, carer or family member will persevere through a journey like no other. It is with this ideology in mind that we have developed different community programs that cater to every West Australian who walks through our doors.

So, from us to you – we thank you for making a sizeable impact in people with cancers’ lives this Dry July!

Latest Updates

Dry July funds enable Solaris Cancer Care to continue their Guest Speaker Program

Dry July funding has enabled us to continue the provision of our guest speaker program. These free events offer the opportunity to hear from experts in their field and enable patients and the wider public the opportunity to understand how to live well during the cancer journey.

The 2019 program included an Exercise Science Update presentation by leading academic, Professor Rob Newton. This presentation included cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology, reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients. This information is invaluable in managing and living with a cancer diagnosis.

2019 Dry July funds contributed to the introduction of drumming circle workshops at Solaris Cancer Care!

Solaris Cancer Care is fortunate to have counsellors trained in the Holyoake DRUMBEAT program and with the aid of Dry July, we purchased African Djembe drums and introduced drumming circle workshops. No musical skills or experience are required by participants.

As well as providing a sense of community, these structured programs incorporate music, psychology and neurobiology to build resilience through rhythm.

Solaris Cancer Care provide online wellness programs

Thanks to funds raised through Dry July 2019, Solaris Cancer Care have been providing comprehensive support to cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Through their provision of online wellness programs and self-care services, Solaris have been running counselling delivered via Zoom, phone, or email to help manage stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation given the current circumstances. Support Groups and Demonstrations via online classes have also been made available for cancer patients to access, to maintain optimal physical and mental wellbeing.

Solaris Cancer Care receives an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that Solaris Cancer Care has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round.

This grant will enable the purchase of garden furniture for the Dry July funded garden at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Solaris Cancer Care benefits from Dry July 2019 fundraising

Thanks to funds raised through Dry July in 2019, Solaris Cancer Care are able to funds the following projects: 

• Produce patient information booklets outlining the supportive services available at Solaris centres

• Deliver patient education seminars

• Provide ongoing exercise sessions and complementary therapies

• Implement an ongoing program of guided meditation through drumming

• Purchase oils, creams and other disposable items necessary to deliver massage and reflexology

• Provide ongoing counselling services.

All of these services will empower patients to make evidence-based choices to best meet their individual requirements for supportive care during their cancer journey. They will nurture both their physical and mental well-being in a safe and caring environment. By making these choices, seeking education and information, and engaging with professionals and like-minded others, our patients are actively contributing to their treatment and this delivers a sense of purpose, control, achievement and hope.

Solaris Cancer Care's aim is simply to make their patients feel better, by helping them to live the best quality of life they can through their cancer journey and beyond, and your very generous support allows us to do that.

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