Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gobbé Wellness Centre?

The Gobbé Wellness Centre is the home of the Bendigo Health Cancer Wellness program. The wellness centre is designed as a welcoming retreat for patients and carers.  The Gobbé Wellness Centre has been created to be more relaxing and home-like than a typical hospital setting. It has comfortable couches and chairs, a sleep/relaxation pod, reading material and kitchen facilities where patients and visitors can make a cup of coffee, heat up their lunch or just relax alongside our therapy dog Sharlee. Patients and families are welcome to use the centre before, during and after appointments.

What are complementary therapies?

The Gobbé Wellness Centre offers a variety of complementary therapies for cancer patients. Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional cancer treatments to manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer. These include reflexology, yoga, oncology massage and mindfulness/meditation sessions. There is increasing evidence that particular complementary therapies are valuable in reducing some of the symptoms of cancer and its treatment such as fatigue, nausea and stress.

How many treatments can I have?

Due to high demand, reflexology and oncology massage have a limit of two sessions per patient. Yoga has a limit of two terms per person. Other programs such as mindfulness have no limit.  

How much does it cost?

Wellness programs are free of charge. If patients would like to continue to access a service after the allocated limit then they are welcome to purchase more sessions.

Who is entitled to access the Cancer Wellness Program?

Our Cancer Wellness Program is are available to support all cancer patients in the Loddon Mallee region from the time they commence anti-cancer therapy until 12 months after treatment completion.

Can Carers participate in the Cancer Wellness Program?

Due to high demand, patients are given priority for  individual therapies such as reflexology, oncology massage and yoga.

If there are sessions available and Carers are in need, they will happily be accommodated.

When is the Gobbé Wellness Centre open?

The Gobbé Wellness Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 9am-4pm.

Where is the Gobbé Wellness Centre located?

Do I need to book?

All Cancer Wellness Programs undertaken at the Gobbé Wellness Centre do require you to book in for an appointment.

However, you can drop into the Gobbé Wellness Centre to use its facilities such as the kitchen, lounge or sleep pod at any time during opening hours.

How is the Cancer Wellness Program Funded?

The Gobbé Wellness Centre does not receive any government funding to run the Cancer Wellness Program and is reliant on community donations, generous community partnerships, support from the general public and fundraising events such as Dry July.

Where can I find out more about the Gobbé Wellness Centre?

Please phone 5454 7140 or visit our home page here to find out more about our programs and services.