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The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world class healthcare facility that brings together cancer treatment, research, teaching programs and related services in one purpose built facility.

The care and support of our patients is central to everything we do.

Services operating within the Centre take a multi-disciplinary team approach to health treatment and support. Our cancer services are made up of several highly skilled teams, including Medical and Radiation Oncology, Haematology, Immunology, Surgery, Bone Marrow Transplant, Psychosocial and Palliative Care to provide comprehensive services to patients and their carers with cancer and related illnesses.

The diagnosis of cancer alters patient’s lives as they know it. Everything is put on hold. The suffering is widespread, with so many loved ones also affected.
Through Dry July and the Canberra Hospital Foundation, your will help us to provide extra support and comfort that will compliment and enhance the treatment and healing of patients, families and carers affected by cancer in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Since 2009, the amazing support of our Dry July community has enabled initiatives and items including the Therapeutic Harp Program, Sleep Pods, the Hospitality Trolley, uplifting art murals, floral arrangements, massage chairs and blanket warmers, just to name a few. These initiatives support patients’ wellbeing by offering relaxation, comfort, distraction and ultimately, help to make very difficult experiences a little bit easier.

This year, with your help, funds raised will support the purchase of new, bright and comfortable lounges, chairs and tables which will furnish the Social Hub in the Wellbeing Centre - a new and exciting addition to the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The Social Hub will give patients and their loved ones a space to unite, in a warm and inviting environment, dissimilar to the more clinical treatment areas. The space will foster a feeling of homeliness, and encourage connection at a time when patients and their families are navigating the difficult journey of cancer.

By going dry for the month of July, you are making a meaningful difference to the lives of so many people affected by cancer, we are so grateful for your support!

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Thank you for supporting therapeutic music for the health and wellbeing of patients throughout their cancer treatment at Canberra Cancer Centre

Evidence based research has shown that music as a complementary modality is not only good for our health but can promote feelings of wellbeing. Music can provide a variety of touchstones for social, physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological health.

The harp has been used since ancient times to soothe, comfort and support people. And, thanks to your support in 2020, that is exactly what the Therapeutic Harp Program does for patients at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre

Therapeutic harpist, Alison gently plays her harp at the bedside of patients and more broadly throughout the shared spaces of the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. Through her harp, Alison is able to;

• Cultivate and promote a quiet space where sleep and deep rest can occur

• Provide distraction and motivation

• provide a welcoming and calm space within all hospital and community areas

• Augment pain medication and assist in pain management

• Encourage reminiscence, assist mental clarity and stimulate memory

• Reduce stress as the body relaxes and breathing settles and deepens

• Assist with transition at end of life

We are so grateful to you, our amazing Dry July-ers for supporting the Therapetutic Harp Program!


Your support in 2020 has brought floral arrangements to the reception desks and waiting areas throughout the Canberra Region Cancer Centre

Thank you for bringing pops of colour and moments of brightness to patients. 

The beautiful arrangements may seem like a small touch, but sometimes it really is the little things that make a big difference.

One patient remarked that the flowers were so lovely and helped to put a smile on her face, even if just for a few moments. Knowing they were made possible because of you, our Dry July supporters, made the flowers feel even more special to the patient.


Your fundraising has helped fund Canberra Hospital's Therapeutic Harp Program

Isn't it great that being a part of the Dry July community means you're contributing to projects like Canberra Hospital's Therapeutic Harp Program at Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

Offering comfort and peace to patients and their families throughout their cancer journey, we're so grateful to help make a difficult time, a little easier.

New sleep pods added in the Canberra Region Cancer Centre!

Through the wonderful support of the Dry July community in 2019, new sleep pods were added to the waiting areas in the Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

These sleep pods provide privacy and comfort for patients waiting between appointments and procedures. Fundraising for Canberra Hospital Foundation supports cancer patient in our region, many who travel long distances to receive treatment.

Your help allows the Foundation to fund the tea trolley for refreshments, floral displays throughout the Centre and our Therapeutic Harpist to provide a comforting and caring environment.

Canberra Hospital receives an additional grant from Dry July Foundation

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

This grant will enable continuation of the beloved therapeutic harp program.

Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment.