Wellness Centre takes shape

15 July 2016

AlburyCity councillors have visited the soon to be open Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre to hear how Council’s $100,000 donation will support people from the surrounding region requiring treatment.

The donation was approved when the AlburyCity budget was adopted last month.

Mayor Henk van de Ven said Councillors were proud to support the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund and its work.

“This centre will bring the very best medical treatment, care and facilities to our city but it will help people from the entire region,” he said.

Trust board chairman Grant Luff thanked AlburyCity for its support and said work was progressing well on the centre.

“We’re very grateful to AlburyCity for this support, which will allow us to fund the Wellness Centre programs for cancer patients such as yoga, tai chi and meditation classes, fund beauty treatments such as oncology massages; all of these treatments have been proven to alleviate stress, relieve symptoms and reduce pain and anxiety,” he said.

“In addition, the funding will be put towards other programs such as visiting dieticians, oncology counselling and other support services as required.”

The centre will provide 30 inpatient beds, a day chemotherapy facility, three radiotherapy bunkers for radiation therapy and a wellness centre.

Councillors will meet board member and cancer survivor Michelle Hensel whose son Braedon Hensel died of sarcoma, a form of cancer, two years ago.

Mrs Hensel’s son had to travel to Melbourne for treatment and she will tell Councillors what the centre will mean for local people fighting cancer.