Dry July 2016 Funds in Canberra
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is using Dry July 2016 funds to:
- continue the Therapeutic Harp Program;
- continue to purchase newspapers for patients staying at Duffy House; and
- continue to display fresh flowers in the reception area to improve the centre's ambiance.
Entertainment Trolley for Young Adult Patients
Canberra Region Cancer Centre loaded up a trolley with an Xbox, TV, Music dock, headphones, ipad and various games for use on the Xbox, using donations from Dry July.
Young people (aged 15-25) treated for cancer within Canberra Hospital are treated in adult settings – outpatient radiation and chemotherapy clinics and the inpatient ward (14B). There is no dedicated space for them or entertainment relevant to their interests.
The entertainment trolley is managed by the AYA Cancer Specialist Nurse and provided to patients in the cancer outpatient clinics, ward 14B and various wards around the hospital where young patients might be admitted.
I get excellent feedback from patients who have used the entertainment trolley. Often times these patients are the youngest by many years and so have no one to engage with when they are admitted for treatment. The entertainment trolley provides them a way to escape whilst they are here by watching movies and playing games. There are multiple controllers and so if they have friends with them they can play against each other which really makes the time fly!
Floral Displays at Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Dry July funds have been used to purchase floral displays for 3 reception areas on a regular basis.
The flowers are often commented on by patients, carers and visitors, many wondering if they are real. As the displays are regularly changed, they are always a point of welcome, and look fresh and welcoming.
Artworks for Apherisis Room
With funding from Dry July, these works have been purchased for the Apherisis Room at Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The installation of the Dawsons has already positively contributed to the creation of a vibrant, engaging and therapeutic place of treatment, healing and rehabilitation. It is anticipated that the Larter will further enhance both patient care and the hospital environment in which it is displayed.