The Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre (CGCC) at Greenslopes Private Hospital aims to be a full service Centre of Excellence for the treatment and management of individuals with cancer. To complement the medical and clinical services provided at the CGCC, it has been identified that a holistic approach to understanding cancer treatment and survivorship would be of benefit to patients and their families. As a private day oncology unit, there is currently no funding available to provide psychosocial and counselling services for the approximately 790 patients undergoing or finishing treatment at the centre every month. The top five cancers treated are colorectal, melanoma, breast, lung and cancers of the blood.
The team at The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation have worked closely with the staff at CGCC for a number of years giving patients access to clinical trials for new cancer therapies (find out more about our Clinical Trials Unit). Whilst recognising the need for a cancer wellness program, the team at the CGCC did not have the capacity or budget to develop and deliver such a program and approached GMRF for help.
With seed funding from our generous donors, GMRF has worked with the team at CGCC to develop a wellness program at the centre to provide patients and their families with the support they need.
The GPH Cancer Wellness Program
Established in early 2017, the GPH Cancer Wellness Program has been designed to provide education and support to Greenslopes Private Hospital cancer patients and their carers. It identifies specific needs and facilitates services including counselling, dietary advice and exercise techniques.
Patients have access to monthly education seminars which are designed to provide practical help, emotional assistance, and other necessary tools to optimise patients’ wellbeing and ensure a smoother pathway to a better future.
Patients also receive a discharge pack upon completing treatment, which supports survivorship and assists with the transition back to daily life post treatment.
“It is especially heart-warming to witness patients who were struggling and feeling lost become empowered to better manage their treatment.” Ranee Saffioti – Wellness Program Coordinator
Because my wife received such wonderful care at the Cyril Gilbert Centre… Count me in!
When you’re facing a battle with cancer, little acts of support and kindness can go a long way. It’s something that GMRF Discovery Partner, Blair Smith, experienced firsthand at the Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre. In 2011, his wife, Joy, spent a great deal of time receiving treatment at the centre. Sadly, she passed away that year, but Blair has never forgotten the tremendous care they received from staff. Catering staff would ensure they were both well fed; volunteers and nurses constantly went the extra mile to ensure the pair were comfortable, and even the cleaning staff offered their condolences to Blair at Joy’s passing. ‘Greenslopes Private Hospital treats you like a person, not a number,’ Blair says.
To honour his wife’s memory, and as a thank you to the staff at the Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre, Blair has counted himself in for the GPH Cancer Wellness Program. He and his daughter, Joanne, provided a significant portion of the seed funding for the program. Thanks to their generosity the program has gone from an idea to a reality, which will mean an even greater level of care for other families battling cancer.