Support boost for cancer patients

Two people cutting ribbon at opening event

People diagnosed with cancer have new support options opening up in Kinjarling/Albany following the start of a project through healthcare organisation Solaris Cancer Care. The organisation secured a $50,000 grant through the GSDC to refurbish its Earl Street premises and supply technology and furnishings.

Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens MLA visited the centre on Friday 15 October to launch the project with Solaris Cancer Care founder Dr David Joske.

Ms Stephens said the centre would provide support and services to improve the quality of life of patients, carers and families.
Dr Joske said the centre’s complementary therapies provided valuable support for people with a cancer diagnosis and also gave a sense of empowerment and control over their experience of cancer.

Solaris Cancer Care Great Southern suspended its operations in March 2020 in response to COVID-19 and was later unable to resume services in the Albany Health Campus. The organisation secured new premises in Earl Street, Albany, which will enable a resumption of services.

The grant will support the replacement of ageing equipment and the refurbishment of the premises to a suitable standard.

Three people in treatment room

Photos: Dr David Joske and Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens cut the ribbon to open the Solaris Cancer Care facility (top) and went on to look through the premises (bottom) with client services manager Tami Short.

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