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Wollongong Hospital

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The Wollongong Hospital is home to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward which provides cancer treatment and support services to patients living in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama regions.

Dry July funding allows our service to improve patient spaces, expand patient education, update resources, implement wellbeing programs and purchase equipment or items to improve patient comfort.

The following ten projects, suggested by patients and staff, were selected for 2017 Dry July funding;
- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward
- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments
- 2018: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program
- 2018: Living Well After Treatment Workshops
- Large Pots housing palms outside the Level 2 entrance to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre
- Music, delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment
- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients
- A Hydration Station in the Radiation Therapy patient waiting space (launching May 2018)
- Redesign and refurbish the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care Centre (in development)
- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing (in development)

With 2018 Dry July funding we hope to continue to deliver the ‘Living Well with and After Cancer’ programs, further improve patient spaces in and around the Centre (including the gardens and the Level 0 entrance), introduce drop-in monthly wellbeing workshops and cover printing costs for the Aboriginal project ‘My Patient Diary’. With this in mind, we will continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience both at the Centre and on the Ward.

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Sign up to Dry July on Wednesday 13 June in the Foyer at Wollongong Hospital Foyer!

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Projects funded from Dry July 2017

Thanks to funds raised from Dry July 2017, Wollongong Hospital (Illawarra Cancer Care Centre) have been able to fund the following projects:


- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward

- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments

- 2018: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program

- 2018: Living Well After Treatment Workshops

- Large Pots housing palms outside the Level 2 entrance to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

- Music, delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment

- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients

- A Hydration Station in the Radiation Therapy patient waiting space (launching May 2018)

- Redesign and refurbish the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care Centre (in development)

- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing (in development)

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Events in the Illawarra for Dry July

Each year we approach the campaign with a light-hearted and positive attitude to help staff, patients and their families to get on board with Dry July. Here are some photos of our events to promote the campaign in 2017.

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Wollongong Hospital plans for Dry July funds in 2017. Plus meet their mascot, schoo-na.

Each year we work incredibly hard to raise funds through the Dry July campaign. Have you been wondering how this year’s donations might be spent? Our ‘Bright Ideas’ patient survey campaign, showed a trend for three focus areas which have been categorised as follows:

Introduction of Living Well With and After Cancer Treatment programs, which aim to assist people who have completed their cancer treatment to help enrich their quality of life and take the care of their mind, body and spirit.

Reinvigorate our space. Our patients have told us that more pleasant waiting areas, the introduction of visual and digital arts and improved refreshment facilities would be a welcome addition to regular appointments throughout treatment.

Develop the While You’re Here initiative that will provide a series of creative mediums for patients and family members to use during treatment or while waiting for treatment. This includes art and craft spaces, daily newspapers, magazines and the availability of technology to listen to music or browse the internet.

There have been so many incredible ideas added to our Wish List for this year’s fundraising. We cannot wait to bring them to life!

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2016 Funds in Wollongong

The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre is using Dry July funds to:

- Purchase and install a chilled water filtration system to the Alkira Lodge Patient Accommodation Facility in Wollongong.

- Purchase an ultrasound system to improve venous (vein) access support for cancer patients and their ongoing care requirements. The benefit to patients includes pain reduction, reducing the stress response on the body, minimising cardiovascular events and encouraging tissue healing, and improving patient comfort.