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Wollongong Hospital is home to both the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Oncology/Haematology Inpatient Ward. Our teams provide treatment and support services to patients residing in the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama regions.
Every year our Illawarra and Shoalhaven teams collectively treat over 65,000 patients.

We are proud to report in 2020/2021 with Dry July funding we;
- Introduced 14 brand new chemotherapy chairs to our Oncology Day Care Unit on Level 1 at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre ($98K)
- Freshened up walls and stairwell with new paint and installed five large botanical artworks by an Australian designer in the Radiation Therapy treatment space on Level 2 of the Centre ($10K)
- Collaborated with the local Aboriginal community of Coomaditchie who created a welcome themed artwork for our foyer entrance at Level 0 of the Centre. We also introduced new comfortable seating, artificial plants and a patient bookstore under our ‘reinvigorate our space’ project. ($6K)

In EXCITING NEWS, in May 2021, we are launching the refresh of our main reception on Level 2. We take our patient feedback seriously. We have decluttered, changed the layout to take advantage of our view, replaced uncomfortable chairs, painted and improved lighting and much much more. This has been our largest Dry July project to date and we can’t wait for our patients to see and use their new space!

In 2021 we continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience. Please support us so we can bring their ideas to life! Thank you

Latest Updates

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!

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.

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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