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20th Anniversary Morning Tea SESIAHS

The following article and photograph by Greg Ellis is reproduced with permission of the Illawarra Mercury

Partnership: Lorraine Davidson, SESIAHS chief executive Terry Clout, director of nursing Nicole Sheppard, Professor
Phil Clingan, Audrey Walsh and Sue Maidman at the morning tea for Illawarra Cancer Carers volunteers

Cancer Carers’ role praised

The Illawarra’s largest employer is thanking 235 volunteers who help care for cancer patients in the region every week.

Their work is considered so important that South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS) Chief Executive, Terry Clout, hosted a morning tea for Illawarra Cancer Carers volunteers.

 

 

“It is important to celebrate partnerships and members of the community who go … beyond what most people do,” he said.

Illawarra Cancer Carers have been helping people with cancer for 20 years.

Mr Clout said the group’s achievements were so many that a commemorative DVD was produced.

Illawarra and Shoalhaven Cancer Services director and Illawarra Cancer Carers patron, Professor Philip Clingan,said it was a wonderful way to acknowledge the volunteers.

Illawarra Cancer Carers started when 12 women began providing support and care at Wollongong Hospital’s Illawarra Cancer Care Centre in 1990.

In the DVD, hospital staff speak about how carers visit the Cancer Care Centre and oncology ward daily to offer patients friendship, emotional support, help with transport and information.

Carers also assist people who stay at home while receiving treatment.

Illawarra Cancer Carers president, Sue Maidman, said the volunteers did many things.

“Whenever we see the need to assist patients who have cancer, we try to help them if we can,” she said.

Mrs Maidman said business support for fundraising events such as Banquet at the Beach was a key to why carers had been able to achieve so much.

The $2 million raised to date has helped Alkira Lodge accommodate outpatients and their families, assisted Palliative Care’s move to Port Kembla Hospital and purchased radiotherapy equipment for Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Shoalhaven Hospital Oncology Day Care.

It has also assisted a Breast Cancer Support Group, supplied equipment for the oncology ward and hospital inpatient areas, allowed research into prevention and treatment for cancer, provided volunteer transport, delivered funding support to Camp Quality and the Wollongong Children’s Ward, supported the haematology department and provided financial assistance to people in need.

Prof Clingan said the funds had significantly helped provide excellent diagnosis, treatment and support services for people diagnosed with cancer.

And a sponsor-a-bed fundraiser has resulted in 25 new electric beds being installed in Wollongong Hospital’s haematology oncology unit.

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