Evidence from Cancer Council Queensland’s (CCQ) mindfulness research shows that people who receive training in mindfulness skills often experience less anxiety about their diagnosis and are better equipped to manage cancer-related challenges. Dry July Foundation grant funding from 2015 will allow CCQ's Cancer Counselling team to deliver half day mindfulness programs to over 100 participants living in regional and rural Queensland. Many of these people, due to geographical, medical or other reasons, would not have otherwise been able to access these workshops.
UPDATE: As at June 2016, over 80 people had attended these Dry July funded workshops in regions such as Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, and Maryborough.
Cancer Council SA used Dry July Foundation grant funds to offer a weekly group program of 1.5 hours for guests at their Adelaide based Lodges, run by a qualified Exercise Physiologist. The program included:
- information on exercise during cancer treatment
- risk assessment
- demonstrations of simple exercises that can be continued at home
- goal setting
Cancer Council SA provided the venue, publicity and free transport if guests needed to attend at an alternative site.
From July 2016, Cancer Council SA will be modifying the program to develop an activity to encourage guest participation in a fun and interesting way that also encourages activity and decreases sedentary behaviour - such as a series of group or self-guided walks around the...
Following chemotherapy or radiation therapy, some patients suffer from dry, red, irritated and sensitive skin which can be uncomfortable and painful. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has sought out and purchases a care pack to help patients hydrate, protect, soothe and care for their skin during and after treatment. Another side effect of treatment can be cold hands and feet. To combat this, we’ve included some cosy MooGoo socks to help keep warm.
The Canberra Hospital has announced it will be using Dry July 2015 funds towards the harp therapy program and towards a new resource room.
Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment. The program at The Canberra Hospital is delivered by a certified harp therapist and has been funded by Dry July since 2012.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is helping Cairns Hospital purchase 6 interactive patient entertainment and technology platform for use by cancer patients. Funding was made possible through supporters who nominated FNQHF as their preferred beneficiary, as well as through a grant from the Dry July Foundation.
The systems consist of a TV and a tablet that enables patients to keep in touch with their friends and do work or personal interest activities. Each system integrates with the hospital system and allows patients to work interactively to plot treatment goals with their doctors.
The system is essentially aimed at improving the patient experience by reducing patient isolation, acting as a patient portal for communication and...
The oncology massage program at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) will run 2 hours a day x 5 days per week to offer free 20 minute hand and foot relaxation massages to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The program will be fully funded by Dry July, until at least early 2017.
Massage has been shown to help relieve anxiety and depression, and enable a patient to relax.
Flinders is one of the busiest public hospitals in South Australia, serving the southern community of Adelaide and the southern region to Mount Gambier as well as patients from Northern Territory. The FCIC Infusion Suite has 12 chairs and two bed bays delivering treatment throughout the week. The unit sees approximately 300 patients, delivering more...
Thanks to funding received from Dry July, Cancer Support WA has been able to purchase comfortable and beautiful outdoor furniture for patients to enjoy and relax during their visits to the centre. The funds were used to purchase a quality outdoor table and chair setting, and several beautiful benches which have been placed around the grounds in lovely shady areas. A marine-quality, durable cantilever shade umbrella was also purchased and set up near the outdoor table and chairs to provide shade and cover all year round. The cantilever mechanism of the umbrella allows the option to swing it into different positions to ensure that patients are protected from the sun.
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.