In its previous form, the Information Lounge (formerly the Resource Room) at Canberra Region Cancer Centre was underutilised and confusing. Patients were not sure if the room was for their use, or for the staff. There was very little space to display information.
With funding from Dry July, the Information Lounge has been made accessible and useful, with the removal of a wall, refitting of display shelves and computer desks, and a bookcase. Since opening in March, there has been an enormous increase in the use of the room, and the amount of information being accessed by patients and carers. Having the information on display and with the room having been opened up, patients and carers are utilising the space, and are now able to self...
Canberra Region Cancer Centre loaded up a trolley with an Xbox, TV, Music dock, headphones, ipad and various games for use on the Xbox, using donations from Dry July.
Young people (aged 15-25) treated for cancer within Canberra Hospital are treated in adult settings – outpatient radiation and chemotherapy clinics and the inpatient ward (14B). There is no dedicated space for them or entertainment relevant to their interests.
The entertainment trolley is managed by the AYA Cancer Specialist Nurse and provided to patients in the cancer outpatient clinics, ward 14B and various wards around the hospital where young patients might be admitted.
I get excellent feedback from patients who have used the entertainment trolley. Often times these...
Lilier Lodge is a dedicated patient accommodation facility in Wagga Wagga. Operated by Cancer Council NSW and Can Assist, the lodge was purchased in 2004 and has endured high traffic over the last 10 years.
Funds raised from Dry July 2015 enabled Cancer Council NSW to commence refurbishment works in February 2016. We have completed upgrades to 20 guest rooms and are currently in final stages of renovating the reception, common rooms, offices, family suite, main entry hallway and dining room.
Lilier Lodge provides cancer patients and their families a home away from home, keeping them together during treatment. Thank You Dry Julyers!
Support Services staff use tablet technology to assist with the provision of services, however with only 2 tablets available, the capacity to provide this support has been limited. Tablets purchased with Dry July funds have allowed staff to assist clients with better access to the electronic wig library, Cancer Council websites, and webinars.
Pictured: CCT Support Officer Karen Rogers and Director of Cancer Prevention and Support Services Raylene Cox with the new iPads funded by Dry July
The palliative care unit at Geraldton Hospital purchased a VC telehealth unit using Dry July funds. Due to the distance that the Midwest region covers we can now book patients to see the palliative care consultant who can view and communicate with patients, palliative care nurses, and plan and implement care changes with the patient in the comfort of their own home.
Our region covers a distance of 605,000 square kilometre, so for patients receiving palliative care this unit makes a huge difference.
Thank you very much this has been a great purchase and resource.
Royal North Shore Hospital uses Dry July funding towards replenishing it's free Wig Library. The Wig Library is situated within the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre as part of the Cansupport Program. Patients are provided with a personalised wig fitting either by dropping in or by appointment.
The service is an important part of the support program provided by Cansupport and assists patients in managing hair loss associated with treatment. The service is mainly used by women; however, there is increasing demand from men.
Cansupport staff and volunteers provide the service which includes education on wearing the wig, care of it as well as emotional support. A range of turbans and other headwear is available also. These are kindly donated by...
Hearing the words “you’ve got cancer” – how music therapy is helping people like Cheryl*
It’s a sad fact that today in Queensland, up to 70 people and their families will be completely blindsided by a cancer diagnosis.
Following a cancer diagnosis, patients will normally undergo a series of medical treatments. They will attend multiple doctors’ appointments and undergo regular scans, blood tests and other examinations. Inevitably, these people will also experience the darker side of cancer—a great deal of fear, uncertainty and emotional distress.
But not all cancer treatments need to be difficult or frightening all the time.
Mater’s music therapy program relies on funding from supporters like Dry July, and provides patients with a chance...
Marissa Ledlin, NUM Ward 5A / Medical Assessment & Admission Zone at Calvary Mater Newcastle, expressed gratitude to Dry July supporters, saying:
“The funds donated through Dry July have allowed us to breathe ‘new life’ into our ward’s waiting room. Before this renovation, our patients’ friends and family lacked a comfortable place to sit and rest or for discussions with staff to take place. The room was tired, old and not very functional.
“However, thanks to Dry Julyers we now have a lovely new room that flows with the rest of the unit. I have received many comments from our visitors on what a nice, relaxing and comfortable space it has been transformed into. It meets our visitors’ needs perfectly and we are so grateful this...