Dr Alan Lem is pictured here with participants of the Dry July funded Music and Wellbeing workshop held at the Sydney Survivorship Cottage at Concord Cancer Centre. During the program, participants play simple rhythms and melodies in the way that offers a rich and fulfilling experience both for the individual and the group as a whole.
Preliminary evaluation indicates that the most successful experiences were (1) singing and (2) particular musical instructions where musical activity was used to address specific physical and psychological faculties, for example movement coordination, levels of arousal, sensory awareness and mindfulness.
To quote one of the participants: “As you adjust to living with cancer, you might be inclined to do other...
The 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...
On Wednesday mornings, a group of women gather in a room at Mater Cancer Care Centre. A trolley is wheeled in, filled with supplies. The woman behind the trolley is not a nurse but an art therapist. Instead of bandages, swabs and rubber gloves, the trolley contains tubes of paint, brushes and pastels. The other women in the room are cancer patients. A Mater Cancer Care Nurse comes in and gives each patient a hug to say hello. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Everyone takes a seat and the Art Therapy session begins.
Most of the women in the room are waiting for chemotherapy treatment. The drips cannot be made up ahead of time because the recipient needs to have a blood test first. Sometimes a treatment session can be delayed because the...
Dry July funds have been used to install beach scenes across the walls in the radiation therapy bunkers for the Coogee and Maroubra rooms at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Such artwork has been shown to reduce patient stress while undergoing this complex and intimidating treatment.
Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney recently completed installation of eight large photographic murals designed and produced for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Radiotherapy. The right to use the images was kindly donated by the local photographers and the work sponsored by Dry July. The material used is very special, offering anti-bacterial and microbial MRSA protection.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation has helped Cairns Hospital purchase 2 Meridian mobile treatment recliners for the chemotherapy treatment area in the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre.
Funds were also used to purchase six large flat screen televisions with free to air access for waiting areas in the day treatment ward, to give patients something to do while waiting for their appointments.
Being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment is a very overwhelming experience, with lots of questions, and multiple things to remember.
To help ease the process, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne have used a portion of their Dry July funds to develop an admission pack for patients going through chemotherapy for the first time, and provide them with as much information as possible at such a difficult time.