Cancer Wellness Centre
Thanks to your generous support, patients and their families affected by cancer are receiving additional support in a new Cancer Wellness Centre at Flinders Medical Centre.
Opened in February 2020, the centre is a focal point of a new cancer wellness program, to help ease the burden of cancer and address many of the unmet needs of patients and their families during and after cancer treatment - many of which can be lifelong.
This extra support focuses on a range of physical, educational, emotional and practical impacts which cancer can often have, including fatigue, anxiety, dietary, financial and employment concerns among others.
Located on the ground floor of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, the centre is also a valuable conduit in connecting patients and carers with support groups and other services in the community.
But your ongoing support is needed to fund activities and programs in the centre to support patients and their families affected by cancer. Make a donation here, or get in touch with our team on 8204 5216.
It’s nice to know there’s a place to turn to that will support my overall wellbeing following my cancer diagnosis. The wellness centre complements my medical treatment. It is a place where my practical, emotional and social needs can be met to support me and my quality of life.”
Chris Christensen, Flinders cancer patient.
As part of the many challenges of COVID-19 and the need to keep cancer patients, their families, and volunteers safe the Cancer Wellness Centre has temporarily placed services on hold.
In light of this the Arts in Health team at Flinders Medical Centre have developed a selection of the activities and programs usually on offer in the centre that can be accessed from the comfort of the homes of cancer patients and their families via a series of videos.
The collection of online videos can be accessed here and includes meditation and relaxation to music, art therapy, creative writing and drawing workshops as well as journal making and guided art making.
Flinders Foundation has also proudly supported two websites developed by researchers at Flinders University to better support cancer patients and their families that can be accessed from the comfort of their own home.
Workaftercancer.com.au is a valuable resource for patients, health care providers and employers, and covers working during cancer treatment, returning to work when treatment is done and changing work.
Findingmyway.org.au is another valuable resource providing information and skills to improve physical and mental wellbeing during cancer treatment.
Both websites are free to use. If you or someone you know might find these useful, please encourage them to take a look.
We look forward to seeing the Cancer Wellness Centre back up and running in the coming months.