THE Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre’s Wellness Centre has become a “home away from home” for cancer patients, according to coordinator Simone Noelker.
Ms Noelker said many BRICC patients and their families had been using the centre since it opened in July.
The Wellness Centre includes a lounge and kitchen and dining facilities, and features computers, a television, newspapers, magazines, a lending library, information brochures and even jigsaw puzzles.
“We wanted to make it all about the patient and their family,” Ms Noelker said.
“We wanted it to be a home away from home so they can have some time out.”
Ms Noelker said several programs were to be introduced at the Wellness Centre, including “Look Good, Feel Better”, which gives cancer patients makeovers, yoga and exercise classes and support groups.
Ms Noelker, who was a Ballarat Health Services physiotherapist for 12 years before taking on the Wellness Centre role, also helps organise the Girls Night Out, raising funds for the cancer patient wellbeing fund.
The annual event has raised $70,000 in its three years.