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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.

Latest Updates

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.

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.” 

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

Dry July 2018 at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Dry July 2018 has officially kicked off at St Vincent’s and we are well on our way to raising the funds required to support our popular patient wellbeing programs in the Wellness Centre. Our Kinghorn Cancer Centre fundraising team are at the halfway mark and feeling the benefits of two weeks alcohol free!

Over the past 12 months, with funding made possible from last year’s Dry July campaign, our Cancer patients have thoroughly enjoyed attending free programs including Art Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness, Yoga Therapy and ENRICH Healthy Lifestyle.  

This month, our Yoga Therapy group began their weekly sessions, coming together for the next six weeks to enjoy a moment of stillness, reflection and time out from their treatment schedules.  

These funds also make it possible for our patients to access free complementary therapies such as Oncology Massage and Acupuncture, providing much needed relaxation and relief from symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and anxiety. 

Your support of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney this Dry July is vital to continue these wellbeing programs in 2019. 

Our volunteers working on Dry July 2017

Keep your eyes out for the wonderful St Vincent's Hospital Sydney volunteer network who are working hard to spread the word about Dry July 2017 and how each dollar raised will go to support Cancer services.

This year, funds raised will be spent on ensuring cancer patients are supported through free Wellbeing programs to include Meditation and Mindfulness, Art Therapy and ENRICH Healthy Lifestyle groups.

In addition, money rasied will allow our Social Work department at St Vincent’s offer and assist patients with finanical difficult, whom are required to travel by public transport to and from treatment each day, taxi vouchers to ease the burden of travel for them during such a difficult time.

The Dry July money will also go toward purchasing individual fridges for each patient room in the new purpose built Bone Marrow Transplant Ward.

We know these programs will assist to make a cancer experience that one little bit easier for our patients – Please help us achieve this by supportinig St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney this July.