We have made it through week 1 with flying colours and are feeling the benefits of one week off the drink! We have also reached almost half our team fundraising goal which means we are well on our way to our goal of $5000 by July 31st! Thank you for your support so far.
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We are the practitioners, therapists and supporters of the Wellness Centre at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre.
The Wellness Centre provides a relaxed, comfortable environment for cancer patients to access the latest information, advice and evidence-based complementary and allied health therapies.
Wellness Centre forms part of the Kinghorn’s integrative medicine approach which addresses the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness, with due respect for the human capacity for healing and the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Connection of the mind and body is important and a focus of the Centre.
Our Wellness Therapies are offered by highly experienced practitioners as an adjunct to conventional medicine.
Patients are able to access oncology massage, reflexology or acupuncture; treatment for lymphoedema or receive a personalised exercise physiology program, supporting wellbeing through treatment and beyond.
Our group Wellness Programs - meditation and mindfulness, art therapy and Yoga therapy - are facilitated by experts in therapeutic psychotherapy, health and wellness and are held regularly throughout the year free of charge to all patients.
We are your specialists in supportive cancer care at diagnosis, during treatment, into survivorship and beyond.
Please support us in continuing to provide much needed wellbeing support to our cancer patients by donating to our team during this year's Dry July campaign.
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Feedback from one of our patients (this is why we do what we do)...
"I immensely enjoyed the free group programs at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre. They were a gift sent from heaven during a very tough time of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and several surgeries. They not only provided a diversion from the tough treatment but also equipped me with techniques to reduce my anxiety and improve my sleep, and allowed me to see the possibility of a future.
Indeed, they greatly contributed to getting me back, mentally and physically, to a state where I could function again for my two little children. The programs also connected me to other people who were faced with the same difficulties and tough decisions. Suddenly I was not alone anymore and was able to share my experiences and learn from others. After each session, I was already looking forward to the next one, and I was able to practise at home from what I learned in the classes.
I'm very certain that the meditation, yoga and art therapy classes had an enormous beneficial effect on my treatment recovery.
We are thrilled to announce that Julie McCrossin AM has come on board as an advocate for St Vincent Hospital Sydney's Dry July campaign. Look out for her on social media, spreading the good word about the incredible ways we are able to support our cancer patients with wellbeing programs and wellness therapies via Dry July fundraising!
Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster. Julie writes for the NSW Law Society Journal and LOTL Magazine and facilitates conferences and seminars. Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. After treatment for stage 4 throat cancer in 2013, Julie is now an Ambassador for Beyond Five, Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer for Cancer Council NSW. In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.
Rob was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and underwent surgery and radiotherapy the same year. Since then, Rob has used a feeding tube, attached to his stomach via a pump which he carries around with him in a backpack. He has not let this hinder his ability to get in to the great outdoors, making sure all his supplies are mobile to suit his active lifestyle. His cancer reoccurred in 2018 and he has been back at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre on a regular basis for further treatment.
Rob has enjoyed attending the Wellness Centre’s Dry July free patient programs, as he finds them to be extremely beneficial in helping him through his treatment – physically and emotionally. He has experienced oncology massage and reflexology, and has taken part in our Art Therapy and Meditation & Mindfulness group programs.
He has particularly enjoyed attending the monthly Art Therapy workshops, commenting “it has been a special time for me to be in a group of people who have gone through diagnosis and treatment. Even if we haven't all experienced the exact same things, it's the closest we will get to connecting with others through a shared experience. And it's very different to meeting people on the wards or during chemo, etc. because there aren't family members or friends around so it's okay to let your guard down which is something I almost never do but is SO important.”
Orsi is our lymphoedema physiotherapist and she is going Dry this July to ensure that all St Vincent's head and neck cancer patients are able to access much-needed lymphoedema services following surgery and radiotherapy.
Natasha is our Reflexologist and she is going Dry this July to bring the healing power of reflexology to all cancer patients, especially those suffering with chemotherapy induced pain and numbness in the hands and feet, fatigue and sleeplessness. Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment, suitable for anyone going through cancer treatment.
Simone is our Wellness Manager and she is the TKCC Wellness Centre Team Leader. Simone is going Dry this July to raise funds to support the introduction of free wellness therapies in the new haematology/BMT ward. We hope to bring art and music therapies, as well as meditation and reflexology to our patients and their families.
Sue is one of our amazing acupuncturists. She is going Dry in July to ensure we raise enough money to keep our 'Gift of Wellbeing' program going, enabling those with a cancer diagnosis to experience the many benefits of acupuncture for cancer treatment side effects.
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