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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.
With Dry July funding we have recently delivered the following projects, suggested by patients and staff;
-NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward
- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments in the Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward
- 2018/2019: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program
- 2018/2019: 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
- Refresh of six Radation Therapy change rooms including painting and artwork

Projects in the pipeline with 2018 Dry July funds are;
- Redesign and refurbish of the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care
- Refresh of the Cancer Inpatient Ward family room
- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing
- Introduction of an additional wellness workshop for cancer patients

In 2019 we continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience in the Centre. We encourage you to support us so we can bring their ideas come to life! Thank you

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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.

Wollongong Hospital Programs and Projects

The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre at Wollongong Hospital has used Dry July funds for a myriad of projects over the last several years. This year the centre intends to introduce a range of complementary therapy supports for adult cancer patients. Initial programs will include relaxation classes, yoga and exercise classes and traditional Chinese medicine. These initiatives will build and promote patient survivorship and healthy living during and after a cancer diagnosis.

Funds will also enhance the fit-out of a patient area in radiation oncology to provide an additional quiet room. The quiet room is intended to be a private, quiet area of retreat for cancer patients, family and carers in time of need. The centre aims to install a luminous sky ceiling to transform the enclosed internal area to a more spacious feeling for people using this room. In addition it will provide comfortable tub style chairs, lounge and side table to complete the finished product.

Brightening up Illawarra Cancer Cancer Centre

After renovations to the oncology day care unit and other areas at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre at Wollongong Hospital, new spaces felt a little too stark and clinical. Funds from Dry July have been used to install wall murals and sky ceilings in these areas to help brighten up the centre.
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Shout Dry July from the rooftops!

Dry July ambassadors shout from the rooftops…literally!

Now that Wollongong Hospital’s $106 million redevelopment has reached its highest point, a group of dedicated ambassadors will soar to the top of building and shout their message from the rooftops ….all in the name of charity.

The volunteers are launching Wollongong Hospital’s 2014 Dry July campaign, which raises funds for the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre. 

Dry July is simple; don’t drink alcohol for the month and get people to sponsor your efforts.

The Hospital’s General Manager, registered participant and ambassador, Nicole Sheppard, said it’s a fun way to challenge yourself while raising vital funds for adult cancer services.

“It’s the fourth time we’ve been chosen as a beneficiary of Dry July, every year it promotes a healthy rivalry amongst teams, family and friends. We hope this year will be our most successful, with the proceeds helping the Cancer Care Centre to further enhance patient services and make the cancer journey a little less daunting,” she said.

Former Miss World Australia, Katie Richardson has also taken up the challenge. The Wollongong Hospital Research Assistant is more than happy to go dry for the month.

“I studied nutrition so I’m very passionate about health and wellbeing. Dry July is not only an opportunity to raise money for a great cause; it also encourages everyone to think about their own lifestyle and alcohol consumption. I’m looking forward to my first Dry July” Katie said.

This year, funds raised during July will go toward cancer service enhancements including making patient treatment spaces more comfortable and enabling free WiFi for patients during treatment.

Director of Cancer Services and Dry July participant, Anthony Arnold, said previous campaigns have raised more than $270,000 which has seen significant enhancements to the care and comfort of patients receiving cancer treatment, and their families.

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Smartboards at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

The Illawarra Cancer Care Centre recently installed smartboards to assist patients with navigating around the centre.

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