The inadequate level of government travel assistance for people with cancer in rural and remote areas is consistently identified as one of the major shortfalls in the provision of cancer supportive care in the Northern Territory. It is regarded as one of the reasons that cancer treatment outcomes are poorer the further patients live from treatment centres.
Cancer Council NT is purchasing a vehicle to be dedicated to patient travel to assist in reducing this burden for Territorians, using Dry July funds from 2015.
Under Our Roof offers dedicated accommodation to cancer patients from regional South Australia who need to travel to Adelaide for treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The units provide family accommodation, so that patients can be accompanied by their loved ones for longer stays.
The project launched on the 3rd of September 2015 marking a major milestone for everyone who supported this project, including South Australian Dry Julyers who fundraised for The Hospital Research Foundation during past campaigns.
The two family-style homes at 30 Nicholls Terrace, Woodville West were built to provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ for country cancer patients who need to travel to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
Royal North Shore Hospital has been able to install sky ceilings in the radiotherapy bunkers at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre using money from Dry July.
Installing Sky Ceilings makes an intimidating medical equipment a little more welcoming. It creates a positive, patient friendly environment. The patient experience is enhanced through these surroundings; it also helps the caregiver, nurse and doctor because patients are more cooperative. Art on dropped ceiling tiles and wall murals in healthcare settings has been proven to lower blood pressure, speed up recovery times and reduce overall stress and anxiety in patients.
One of the many services Cancer Council WA offers guests at their Perth Lodges is access to a fully functional kitchen for meal preparation. As many guests stay for six to eight weeks whilst undergoing their treatment, having a home cooked meal can be very comforting.The four communal guest kitchens at Crawford Lodge are currently over 14 years old and need to be upgraded with new bench tops, electrical hotplates, ovens and range hoods. Similarly, the kitchens in the three family units also need to be upgraded. Dry July funds from 2014 are going towards these renovations, to enable guests to prepare their meals in well-functioning facilities.
The kitchens have now been upgraded!
The Alfred is astounded at the support the community has shown us throughout Dry July. We would like to thank you for helping us to improve the facilities in which our patients are treated. Your support assists people facing a very difficult journey and for that we are enormously grateful.
Since becoming a beneficiary of Dry July in 2014, The Alfred has already seen some amazing and positive changes. We recently opened a new garden courtyard outside the patient waiting area in the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre. This tranquil and beautiful space will have a constructive and beneficial influence on those undergoing cancer treatments. With the funds received this year we will continue to improve those areas where our patients spend...
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane asked patients what the hospital could do to make their treatment more comfortable, and one of the common responses was to put up some art in common and patient areas to make it feel less clinical.
Funds from Dry July have gone towards wall art and curtains in walkways and wait areas of the day treatment area.They are causing a lot of excitement throughout the hospital and many other departments want to follow suit!
On Monday 29 June, Nepean Cancer Care Centre celebrated the completion of their LED lightshow installation. 2 lighting boxes have been installed in the centre’s 2 radiotherapy bunkers to distract and amuse patients during their treatment.These installations will make a huge difference to patients facing what can be an intimidating treatment experience in the bunkers.
Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre used funds from Dry July 2014 to purchase 8 new “lie-flat” powered chemotherapy chairs. Patients receiving chemotherapy treatment need to sit (or lie) in these chairs for up to 6 hours at a time, so these new chairs will help make patients a little more comfortable during their treatment.
The Fig Tree Program is run in the Hospice and provides an opportunity for palliative care patients to participate in a range of creative activities in a supportive group setting. It has been running for over 18 years and the positive impact it has on both patients and their families and carers, cannot be over stated.
Thanks to recent Dry July funding, the program has been able to enhance its creative offering with the skills and fresh ideas of two Novocastrian artists, Dr Annemarie Murland and Marika Osmotherly, to engage in an ‘Arts for Health’ project.
It has long been...