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St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

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St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is a leading provider of cancer care for patients across New South Wales. Support us today to help us raise money to sustain wellbeing and hardship programs for our cancer patients.

With your support St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney will be able to continue to provide wellbeing programs for our patients having their cancer treatment at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. Comprehensive on-site group programs such as art therapy, meditation and mindfulness, Yoga therapy and healthy lifestyle programs have been shown to support patient’s physical and mental wellbeing and recovery, at all stages of their treatment.

This year, your support will also allow St Vincent’s haematology inpatients to access free wellness therapies during their hospital stay, including bedside art therapy, music therapy and reflexology. These therapies provide enormous support and provide a distraction from the many days and weeks spent in the ward, as a result of a blood cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Dry July Foundation assists with entertainment items, and group wellbeing programs at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

Thanks to funds raised in 2019, the Dry July Foundation have been able to fund the following projects at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney:

• BMT Ward Family Room & Wellbeing Programs - Purchase of iPads, gaming consoles plus various group sessions (meditation/art therapy/massage and reflexology)

• Group Wellbeing Programs in 2020 - 2 x 8 week Meditation and Mindfulness programs; 8 x Art Therapy 2 hour workshops and 3 x 6 week Yoga programs.

• Lymphoedema Management - Lymphoedema drainage massage therapist



Patient Update: Rob's Story

Rob was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and underwent surgery and radiotherapy the same year. Since then, Rob has used a feeding tube, attached to his stomach via a pump which he carries around with him in a backpack. He has not let this hinder his ability to get in to the great outdoors, making sure all his supplies are mobile to suit his active lifestyle. His cancer reoccurred in 2018 and he has been back at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre on a regular basis for further treatment. 

Rob has enjoyed attending the Wellness Centre’s Dry July free patient programs, as he finds them to be extremely beneficial in helping him through his treatment – physically and emotionally. He has experienced oncology massage and reflexology, and has taken part in our Art Therapy and Meditation & Mindfulness group programs. 

He has particularly enjoyed attending the monthly Art Therapy workshops, commenting “it has been a special time for me to be in a group of people who have gone through diagnosis and treatment. Even if we haven't all experienced the exact same things, it's the closest we will get to connecting with others through a shared experience. And it's very different to meeting people on the wards or during chemo, etc. because there aren't family members or friends around so it's okay to let your guard down which is something I almost never do but is SO important.”

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Art Therapy at TKCC

July's Art Therapy group, provided free of charge to cancer patients at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre thanks to a 2018 grant from Dry July Foundation, explored the theme of "Riding the Rollercoaster - managing the ups and downs of the cancer experience". 

The incredible Art Therapist, Fiona, facilitated the discussion in small groups, inviting the participants to reflect on their own cancer journey and share aspects of that. The up times, the down times, the pauses in between. 

One participant commented on all the strong scaffolding in the rollercoaster image. She used this symbolism as a way to share her very positive experience as a patient at St Vincent's Hospital. She talked about the professionalism and incredible care that she had experienced from all the staff, including the cleaners, nursing staff, and doctors. This had meant a great deal to her as a patient. 

This process was all about emphasising the importance of emotional self-care. That is, acknowledging what's hard and providing a nurturing place for those experiences/feelings to be seen and soothed, so that people can move forward. 

The art therapy groups at TKCC are a safe and creative space where cancer patients can be themselves and uncover new strengths and resilience. They are run each month in The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, free of charge to patients.

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Wellbeing at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

The Kinghorn Cancer Wellness Centre is thrilled to announce that the first Group Wellbeing Programs for 2019 are underway, made possible by the generosity of our Dry July fundraisers. Our group programs aim to make the burden of a cancer diagnosis and treatment a little easier, connect patients with each other, allow creative expression and impart new skills to take into everyday life.

Under the umbrella of our integrated Wellness Centre, we are able to run four fully-funded programs over the 2019 year as follows: 

• Meditation & Mindfulness – 3 x 8-week sessions 

• Yoga Therapy – 4 x 6 weeks sessions

• Art Therapy – 10 x monthly sessions

• Cancer Council ENRICHing Survivorship Healthy Lifestyle Workshop – 2 x 8 week sessions

Our Meditation and Art Therapy groups are already underway, with Yoga due to start in March. We have been able to schedule a number of groups over the year, in order to give access to as many of our patients as possible. We have received some wonderful feedback from participants so far… 

“I thought the group leader did an excellent program, taking the ideas people expressed, and developing them in to ways to reduce the problems and emotional toll of living with cancer while still managing everyday life - and doing so in a variety of ways, which were extremely interesting. And doing it in such a way that people felt comfortable expressing themselves.” 

“Having arrived stressed, I felt better when I left, and was given strategies to help to manage the coming year. Being free takes a huge load off the financial burden with illness. I find the insight of others who have experienced cancer helpful, and it is good to know that you are not alone.” 

“I found the group very beneficial. I found there were common threads, such as other problems which add to the stress of the journey with cancer, and the solutions people have found. Being able to express myself freely, without worrying about the effect on friends or family, certainly lowers the stress.” 

“I was very happy and appreciative of being able to attend the programme at no cost and to share emotional experiences with other cancer survivors.” 

“A big thank you for your continuous support to the improvement of our wellbeing.” 

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St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• Gift of Wellness Hardship Program, allowing patients experiencing hardship, to receive free complementary therapy treatments as part of their integrated care, to enhance their overall wellbeing