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Patients are the reason we are here –they are the focus of what we do. We are proudly a public health service, available to all. Join us this Dry July and help The Alfred continue to support people affected by cancer.

Each year, The Alfred treats thousands of people living with cancer. Alfred Health’s cancer service includes 28 inpatient beds, 18 day procedure units, and a large radiotherapy and chemotherapy centre solely dedicated to treating adult cancer patients.

The Alfred’s cancer services allow for close clinical coordination with a range of cancer specialists, including surgeons, medical oncologists, haematologists, and nursing and allied health specialists.

Community support is a fundamental part of The Alfred’s history and its future.

Through Dry July, you have helped deliver a real and tangible impact on the lives of those dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

As a Dry July campaigner your actions have made a considerable difference to the lives of our patients, their carers and loved ones. The list of improvements and innovations made possible by your generosity and restraint is long and for that we are so very grateful.

Programs funded through Dry July include a music therapy program for patients and loved ones, helping them explore and express difficult emotions. It has also seen the implementation of a patient accommodation program, increasing access to care for our regional and rural patients, giving them a home away from home.

With your support we hope to be able to continue to fund these amazing programs as well as make some wonderful new improvements to the Dry July garden.

Latest Updates

Refurbishments at The Alfred

The Alfred will use Dry July funds to update the patient waiting area at William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre. This will include refurbishments to the reception area, introduction of more private seating for patients and carers, and mobile phone charging stations. 

In addition, the hospital will use Dry July money to improve 7 East ward kitchenette for patients, including: installation of a duel water filter tap which provides filtered cold water and boiling water from a unit above the sink; adding more storage; building a shelf for the ice machine; including a shelf for the microwave to free up bench space; and fitting out an area for bin storage. Patients spend a lot of time on the ward and these simple upgrades to the kitchen area will make the space a little more welcoming and usable.

Courtyard Opens at The Alfred

The Alfred is astounded at the support the community has shown us throughout Dry July.   We would like to thank you for helping us to improve the facilities in which our patients are treated.  Your support assists people facing a very difficult journey and for that we are enormously grateful.  

Since becoming a beneficiary of Dry July in 2014, The Alfred has already seen some amazing and positive changes.  We recently opened a new garden courtyard outside the patient waiting area in the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre.  This tranquil and beautiful space will have a constructive and beneficial influence on those undergoing cancer treatments.  With the funds received this year we will continue to improve those areas where our patients spend a great deal of their time. 

Our gratitude also should go to everyone who sponsored a family member or friend.  Your contribution should not go unremarked.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by all of us and on behalf of the staff and patients at The Alfred, we thank you.

A/Prof Jeremy Millar – Director, Radiation Oncology, Alfred Health



Ralph the Dog back for 2nd Dry July

Ralph is a therapy dog who regularly visits cancer patients at The Alfred in Melbourne, helping to brighten their days. Last year Ralph completed the challenge not by abstaining from drinking alcohol (which of course he’s not allowed) but by giving up treats. In doing so he raised $3,823!  

Work Begins on The Alfred’s Outdoor Courtyard

The Alfred was a first time Dry July beneficiary in 2014 and one of their top ‘wish list’ projects was renovation of the outdoor area opposite the waiting room at William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre. The area was not suitable for patient use. There was very little space, no where to sit, and the types of trees caused a lot of leaf litter. 

Using Dry July funds, work has commenced on transforming the space into an accessible, relaxing area for patients outside and in the fresh air, away from the busy hospital environment.

The area is being levelled out, trees removed and replaced, shade sails installed, and seating and tables installed.

Beneficiary: The Alfred

The Alfred in Melbourne will be holding their Launch Event on Tuesday 1st July in the courtyard area. Grill’d St Kilda will be bringing their food-truck, where profits from sales will go to Dry July.

The Alfred will also be holding a Trivia Night on Thursday 17th July. Hosted by Steve Ellen and Rob Sayer, this will be held in the AMREP seminar room.

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