This year marks the second year Canberra Hospital Foundation has been lucky enough to work alongside Jaemi Maher and her Dry July team – “Team Debsta”. Jaemi sadly lost her mum, Debbie Maher, to cancer in 2013. Since then Jaemi has been a source of inspiration, as she aims to improve the services Canberra Hospital provides to adults living with cancer. Through her determination, Jaemi’s team finished number one nationally last year in the Dry July campaign.
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The Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world class healthcare facility that brings together cancer treatment and related services in one purpose built facility. The care and support of our patients is central to everything we do.
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre facilitates improved cancer treatment and other related services in the ACT and surrounding region by drawing together and integrating services, research and teaching programs.
The Centre is designed to meet the needs of Canberra and the Southern New South Wales communities well into the future. Services operating within the Centre take a multi-disciplinary team approach to health treatment and support.
Our cancer services comprise 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.
We are committed to reducing the burden of care in the ACT and surrounding region through high quality treatment, research and education.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation has been a proud beneficiary of Dry July campaign since 2009 and is committed to ensuring the Canberra community come on board to not only support Dry July, but in turn the Capital Region Cancer Service. Our adult patients living with cancer have gained so much from previous campaign funding, thank you!
In 2019 we are raising funds for:
• Two Sleep Pods
• Refurbishing our Linanc area, as well as the ongoing provision of;
• Our Therapeutic Harp program,
• Our hospitality trolley providing refreshments for our clients, and;
• Floral arrangements at reception desks within the Centre.
hospitality trolley provides a welcoming tea and coffee service to patients who
find it difficult to be able to access the beverage stations, especially when
on their own, as well as providing a homely service with china tea cups and tea
and coffee pots. It is available to patients in the Day Therapy Unit,
Radiation Oncology and the Patient Clinics.
Volunteers also operate the entertainment trolley, which contains iPads, games, magazines and children’s toys for patients and carers. The equipment on the trolley provides stimulus, diversion, comfort and recreation to patients who need treatment. Treatment can take several hours, during which time patients are confined to a chair and often without company. Treatment is often ongoing for several months, requiring regular visits to the Centre.
“We have had a great deal of positive feedback from the trolleys, which our patients greatly appreciate, and which make their time in the CRCC a little more comfortable.” Caroline McIntyre, Volunteer Coordinator at CRCC.
The Veterans Lounge at The Canberra Hospital was in desperate need of an upgrade. Using funds from Dry July, the hospital has refurbished the room with more comfortable chairs and soft furnishings, to make the room more accessible to patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Before photos are on the left, and after on the right!
The Canberra Hospital Foundation have used a portion of their funds from Dry July 2014 to purchase CD’s, iPods and iPod docking stations to allow background music to be played while patients are undergoing Radiation Therapy Treatment in a Linac Accelerator.
Patients of the Canberra Hospital have been incredibly appreciative of the new purchases as listening to music has been demonstrated to decrease anxiety and pain levels in medical settings.
The Canberra Hospital used funds from Dry July 2014 to provide patient items for Duffy House including: block out blinds; lounges; in room dining settings; tub chairs; lamps; bedside tables; kitchen cooking equipment; linens; and art work. The aim was to make the house - which offers a home a way from home for regional cancer patients - a little more comfortable.