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Queensland Cancer Wellness Initiative launches

Monday 24 February 2020

The PA Hospital based Queensland Cancer Wellness Initiative (QCWI) are proud launch the next major step in the rollout of their Cancer Wellness Program – an online portal to make wellness services more accessible to patients at the PA Hospital and beyond.

Funding for the QCWI portal was made possible by The PA Research Foundation's 2019 Dry July campaign, which saw 102 Dry July-ers band together to raise over $46,000. These funds were instrumental in the establishment of the Queensland Cancer Wellness Initiative, a unique service where people with cancer are enabled, nurtured and empowered to access evidence-based support at a time and place that works for their individual needs.

The online portal, which launched on Friday 21 February, is home to a wealth of resources, activities, and information for patients to access to support their treatment journey. QCWI is the first program of its kind in Queensland to provide a model of cancer care based on a wellness framework which addresses all the components of self – mind, body and spirit.

The program is made up of a group of motivated and forward-thinking people, with a common goal to provide streamlined wellness support to all cancer patients receiving care at the PA hospital. The group has brought together the knowledge and expertise of a broad range of health professionals including dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, speech pathologists and consumers with first-hand knowledge of cancer care.

Jodie Nixon, QCWI Team Leader says, "with so many people now living with cancer, there is a need to develop a model of care that looks after individual well-being in a holistic manner during and after cancer treatment."

With a growing list of activities and resources, patients can currently access services including physiotherapy, massage, lymphoedema therapy, leisure and activity services, animal therapy, dietary support and emotional well-being support. As the program continues to develop, the list of services and resources will only continue to expand.

"Our goal is that every person with cancer, and their support crew, feel enabled and empowered to access services and support to promote their own individual "wellness", from diagnosis through to completion of treatment, and continue living well after treatment", says Dr Bena Brown, Wellness Initiative Principal Researcher.

QCWI is striving to improve the quality of life of people with cancer and their families, empower them to drive their health service needs, and encourage sharing and connection with other like-minded families and staff.

Explore the QCWI portal here. If you would like to make a contribution to the Cancer Wellness Initiative research group and assist in the long-term development of the Wellness Centre, please donate now.