This March we celebrate five years of the Cancer Wellness Program, proudly funded by GMRF and located at Greenslopes Private Hospital (GPH).
The Cancer Wellness Program offers free education and peer support sessions for people receiving cancer treatment and their loved ones at GPH. Holistic support can create a smoother experience for patients and their support networks through cancer treatment and beyond.
With close to 10 000 patients receiving cancer treatment each year at GPH, this program has made a real difference in the lives of countless people in the community over the past five years.
In 2016, a handful of nurses in GPH’s Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre identified the need for post treatment support as many of their patients started the next part of their cancer journey. Running workshops in their lunch breaks, it soon became clear that beyond the first class medical treatment received at Greenslopes Private Hospital, more could be done to support people with cancer.
Thanks to the generosity of GMRF donors, Blair and his daughter Joanne, the Cancer Wellness Program started with one program coordinator working two days a week to support people receiving treatment and those taking the next step on their cancer journey.
“When my Mother was diagnosed with cancer I felt totally lost, not sure of what the future held or what I could do to support her. When my father and I were approached to become involved in the Cancer Wellness Program we immediately envisioned the benefits this would bring to patients and their families. We feel honoured to have been able to supply funding and ongoing support to the program and I feel privileged to have worked with Ranee and her team. Happy 5th Birthday Cancer Wellness,” says Joanne.
Five years, countless sessions, workshops and phone consults later the Cancer Wellness Program has touched the lives of over 1000 people in the community. Research takes time to go from the bench to the bedside so the Cancer Wellness Program is our opportunity to help people in need right now.
We’re proud to help make such an important program possible and look forward to supporting many more people in the future.
Learn more about the Cancer Wellness Program