Wellness Services

Wellness Services

A variety of wellness and supportive services can be accessed via the Bendigo Cancer Centre. Talk to your treating team about what is appropriate for you. The goal of supportive care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment.

Wellness Services

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

The Bendigo Cancer Centre’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program aims to provide support and to encourage cancer patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle during and after treatment.

The free 7 week rehabilitation program is available to cancer patients during and following their treatment. The program includes education, exercise and relaxation facilitated by allied health staff. Education includes: managing fatigue, exercise, rest and sleep, diet and nutrition, and coping strategies.

The Rehabilitation Program runs weekly on a Tuesday morning from 10.45am-12.30pm in Bendigo Health’s Cancer Centre education room.  A referral from your health professional is required to register for the program. Click here to download the referral form.

Living with Cancer Education Program

Facilitated by trained health professional, these free Cancer Council Victoria education programs empower people affected by cancer with useful skills and helpful information.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has, this is your chance to learn more about:

• What cancer is and how treatment decisions are made
• The various symptoms, cancer treatments and side effects
• The doctor-patient relationship
• How to access the cancer services available
• Information on important factors like diet and exercise
• Myths about cancer
• Relationships, self-esteem and body image
• Coping with loss and grief

You will also have the opportunity to share stories and tips with others going through similar experiences.

To find out more
Phone: 13 11 20
Email:
[email protected]
Website: www.cancervic.org.au 

Wellness and Life after Cancer

The Wellness and Life after Cancer program is for those moving from clinical treatment to survivorship. This supportive care program assists survivors to make the change from clinical management to supported self-management.

Hear presentations from health professionals and discuss topics including:

• Adjusting to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment
• Working with your GP to build a healthy lifestyle
• Returning to work
• Managing the financial impacts of cancer
• Connecting to support services in your community

You will also have the opportunity to share stories and tips with others going through similar experiences.

To find out more
Phone: 13 11 20
Email:
[email protected]
Website: www.cancervic.org.au 

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer with diagnosis with confidence.

To find out more
Phone:
1800 650 960
Website: www.lgfb.org.au  

Venue Name

Date

Time

Type of workshop

Bendigo Cancer Centre

9/4/2019

9.30am-12pm

Womens

Bendigo Cancer Centre

4/6/2019

9.30am-12pm

Womens

Bendigo Cancer Centre

23/7/2019

9.30am-12pm

Womens

Bendigo Cancer Centre

17/9/2019

9.30am-12pm

Womens

Bendigo Cancer Centre

19/11/2019

9.30am-12pm

Womens

The Otis Foundation

Phone: 5444 1184
Website: www.otisfoundation.org.au
Email: [email protected]

The Wig Library

To find out more
Bendigo Health: 5454 6364 or 0409 416 852

Wellness Services

Fatigue Management Group

Many people who have had cancer and cancer treatment have fatigue (tiredness). It is the most common side effect and there are many ways to help manage this. The radiotherapy centre is offering a free program for Peter Mac radiotherapy patients to prevent and manage fatigue. The four week program will include education, exercise and relaxation and will be run by physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other allied health staff. Topics covered include: managing fatigue, exercise, rest and sleep, and diet and nutrition. It runs weekly on a Thursday afternoon, 2.30-4pm in the education room in the Cancer Centre.

A referral from a health professional is required.  If you are unable to attend a group program, individual sessions can be arranged.

The Bendigo Cancer Support Group

The Bendigo Cancer Centre Welfare Work

Phone: 54549251
Website: www.bendigocancersupport.com.au

The Bendigo Cancer Support Group (BCSG) – Third Tuesday of each month in the Bendigo Cancer Centre, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Pink N Teals – Breast and Ovarian Cancer support group

The Pink ’n’ Teals support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm and on the third Wednesday of the month for an afternoon tea, these meetings take place in the community. The group is facilitated by Michelle Gibson and Maree West.

Email: [email protected]

Counterpart

Women supporting women with cancer provides programs, information sessions, webinars and activities for all women diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers.

Phone: 1300 781 500
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.counterpart.org.au/stay-in-touch

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Fourth Thursday of the month at St John of God Hospital, 6.00pm

Men’s support group is a place that provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for men affected by prostate cancer, a place for mateship, sharing and learning coping skills with others who understand what they are going through.

Phone: 0430 037 922 (Neil MacDonald)
                0417 091 083 (David Heath)
Website: www.prostate.org.au