Throughout the cancer journey, patients experience a variety of challenges. From the mental and emotional turmoil of being diagnosed with a life threatening disease, to being physically affected by the various methods of treatment. The reality of cancer treatment is harsh, with many physical side effects impacting the patient’s ability to function as they usually would. The task of getting to and from the hospital, before and after radiation or chemotherapy treatment, can be daunting and extremely challenging for many patients. The Cancer Bus Service provides these patients with a reliable transport service that sees them returned home safely after their treatment. This years campaign funds and a grant from the Dry July Foundation will...
Thanks to 2018 campaign funds and a top up grant from the Dry July Foundation Queensland, 3 important pieces of equipment have been purchased for Mossman Hospital that will make patients lives a little more bearable.
A blood analyser, the iStat, allows nurses to conduct point of care testing for most emergent injuries and illness, and removes the usual frustrating delay associated with having to send bloods to Cairns which would result in a wait for over 24 hours to receive the results.
A bladder scanner, which is a non-invasive diagnostic tool, and when considering the number of invasive procedures cancer patients endure this will be one less;
A Progressa 585 bed and mattress. This bed has positioning and air cushioning features,...
Thanks to funding from the Dry July Foundation, Cancer Council Tasmania are able to offer 30 - 45 cancer patients with individualized exercise physiology programs to assist them while they are undergoing cancer treatment. Exercise therapy has been shown to be safe and effective in improving lower body strength, functional mobility, physical performance, fatigue and quality of life in people diagnosed with a number of different types of cancers. This program aims to reduce the side effects of treatment for patients and help them maintain strength and mobility.
Other programs funded include providing Mindful Self Compassion programs to cancer patients in Devonport, nutrition workshops for people after cancer treatment in Launceston and...
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse received an amazing $137,500 in funding from the Dry July Foundation to continue it's complimentary therapy program, 'Arterie Carterie'. Arterie is an innovative inter-disciplinary model of art in healthcare practice, specifically designed to improve outcomes for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patients, families, carers and staff by easing the side effects of cancer and its treatment such as stress, pain, fatigue, isolation and depression. Arterie participates in a way that fits with the patient’s treatment – it is non-invasive, inclusive and supportive.
Additional funds also enabled the purchase of specialist chairs for the intensive care unit and wards, extend the Complimentary Therapy Inpatient Program that will...
Funds raised by supporters of the Concord Cancer Centre will be used to provide art and music therapy classes for survivorship patients, who attend the CRGH survivorship cottage.
The music therapy program offers a range of musical experiences with the focus on listening to music, and creating music by singing and playing simple instruments. The music is generally improvised and involves playing simple rhythms and melodies in the way that offers a rich and fulfilling experience both for the individual and the group as a whole. To participate, no previous experience or music skills are necessary. The sessions provide a number of known benefits including;
- creative outlet for patients
- goal oriented focus
- social interaction
Thanks to funding received by the Dry July Foundation almost 1,000 callers to the 13 11 20 cancer council helpline will receive advice free of charge.
Cancer is not an easy topic to talk about, and the word itself can invoke a range of feelings and emotions that are often challenging. Whether this is for a person diagnosed with cancer, a carer, family member, friend or colleague, we are all in some way affected by the impact of cancer. We also know of the information, emotional, practical and financial needs that can change over a cancer experience.
Cancer Council 13 11 20 complements health services and aims to alleviate unmet needs by helping people throughout the cancer trajectory. This can be from diagnosis to living with cancer and...
Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Dry July Foundation the continuation of the CoastCanCare wellness program is guaranteed to continue in 2019.
Workshop sessions include mindfulness; practical exercise education and goal setting; music and art therapy; tai chi; meditation and vision board planning have taken place in 14 different suburbs and utilised 19 different venues across the Central Coast.
Positive feedback from CoastCanCare participants include:
“This group has been my lifesaver keeping me focussed on the future not on my past journey”
“I loved listening to the different speakers. All people were friendly - helped me a lot with my rollercoaster day and gave me purpose”
“I love this program and have found it has made such a...
Cancer Council Queensland will be expanding their Transport to Treatment program thanks to a $148,000 Dry July Foundation Grant.
The Transport to Treatment service aims to reduce the financial and emotional burden of cancer by providing transport to clients who are facing hardship in accessing their treatment.
“I do not know how I would have managed to get to treatment without this service – it has relieved my worries and stress.” - Transport to Treatment recipient
The service collects eligible clients from their home to a treatment facility within the designated service area and drives them home afterwards. The service is currently delivered in two locations in Queensland, Cairns and Brisbane. Thanks to the funding received from the Dry...
A total $300,000 has been awarded to Look Good Feel Better Australia in the 2018 Dry July Foundation early grants round. This will fund 300 of the 1000 workshops that will run in Australia during the next twelve months.
Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skin care, make-up and head wear, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.
Workshops cover skincare techniques to address common side-effects like dryness and sun sensitivity; makeup tips...