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SolarisCare Foundation (MVRC)

: Solaris Cancer Care, an innovative cancer support organisation, the first of its kind in Western Australia, and the leading organisation of its type in Australia, came about by a chance comment made by a lymphoma patient under the care of Dr David Joske, a consultant Haematologist, at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH). In 2002, a research committee was formed involving clinicians and researchers from SCGH and external agencies. The Foundation research has shown complementary therapies may assist with symptoms associated with cancer treatment, including pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression and improved quality of life. The demand for this service has seen additional Solaris Cancer Care Centres established at St John of God Hospital Subiaco, Albany Health Campus and a stand-alone centre in Bunbury. The centres offer cancer patients and their carers’ access free to complementary, integrated therapies as well as access to resource information, education and drop in areas, where a cup of tea and a quiet chat can make the world of difference to someone’s day. In the past year, Solaris Cancer Care centres delivered more than 9,500 free therapies to Cancer patients and their carers, an average of 790 sessions per month. Additionally, more than 375 people per month, ‘drop by’ to access resource material, have some quiet time or curl up on the lounges to recover between appointments. Solaris Cancer Care is supported by 250 volunteer therapists and meet and greet staff, who willingly give their time and expertise. The recognition of the Foundation model of complementary cancer care as effective in providing health benefits in oncological medicine is reward enough. In addition to approved therapies, Solaris Cancer Care provides cancer patients with a sense of community and support.

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