Yesterday we officially opened our new Dot’s Place Peel Cancer Support Centre.
Speaking at the opening, our President, Professor George Yeoh said the Centre would enable the staff and volunteers to offer clients a more holistic service under one roof.
“I know our Cancer Council staff and volunteers have always worked hard in this region to provide excellent support for people affected by cancer, but this new Centre will allow us to offer even more,” Professor Yeoh said.
“This facility also reflects Cancer Council’s commitment to ensuring that cancer patients, including those from outside the metropolitan area, have access to the care and support that they need during their cancer experience,” he said.
Staff at the centre will offer reliable, evidence based information to anyone affected by cancer as well as a range of practical support services including a free ‘transport to treatment shuttle service’ and a peer support program.
“We know this Centre will deliver benefits for clients in the region because the scientific evidence shows patients who have good support around them have better outcomes, meaning they better cope with the physical and emotional fallout from cancer, than those who don’t,” Professor Yeoh said.
47 year old Vanessa Eylward was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in September last year and said being put in touch with our support services has been invaluable.
Ms Eylward has used the complementary therapies we have on offer including reflexology, massage and reiki, and will use the free transport to treatment service later this month when she needs to travel to Fiona Stanley Hospital for further treatment.
She said Dot’s Place has given her a sense of belonging.
“To me this is about community, this is about friendship, support and knowledge. It’s about feeling normal and connected, and to me the new house is very much about the growth of a service and engaging more people. Ultimately it’s about being supported and supporting others,” she said.
In 2016, our Cancer Support Services in the Peel region delivered 870 different occasions of service, 332 complementary therapy sessions, and 233 trips to treatment.
Professor Yeoh also paid tribute to Dorothy and Allan Smith, the donors who’ve made Dot’s Place Peel Cancer Support Centre possible.
“All of those who have played a role in the establishment of this Centre, either through your fundraising, donations to Cancer Council or contribution of time and effort, have made an enormous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families,” he said.
Dot’s Place Peel is located at 34 Victoria Circle, Greenfields.
Dot’s Place Bunbury is located at 62 Forrest Ave, South Bunbury.
For more information about any of the services available at Dot’s Place or to find out more about the support services available near you contact our Cancer Nurses on 13 11 20.