Can­cer So­ci­ety, car­ing for those in need

No mat­ter who you are, where you live, or the can­cer is­sues you’re fac­ing, our sup­port­ive care team can help with ser­vices that are free, con­fi­den­tial and ac­ces­si­ble.

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Th­ese ser­vices are avail­able for car­ers, fam­ily and friends as well. Our ser­vices aim to help those af­fected by can­cer main­tain a pos­i­tive out­look and make the most of liv­ing in the present. in­for­ma­tion on can­cer and treat­ment is­sues emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port – time to talk and time to lis­ten ex­er­cise and sup­port groups plus ed­u­ca­tional work­shops as­sis­tance MOH claims for travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion re­lated ex­penses ac­com­mo­da­tion at Kowhai House, for peo­ple who live out of Dunedin and are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Dunedin Hos­pi­tal. You do not need a re­fer­ral and we wel­come you to make con­tact with us. We can as­sist you to re­ceive the best ser­vices and in­for­ma­tion for your needs. Health be­gins where we live, work, learn and play. Re­search has in­di­cated for some time that healthy life­style choices and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments can re­duce the im­pact of some can­cers. The Can­cer So­ci­ety de­liv­ers two main pro­grammes within the com­mu­nity - SunS­mart and Smoke­free. The Can­cer So­ci­ety works col­lab­o­ra­tively to ad­vo­cate for healthy pub­lic pol­icy and to cre­ate sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments to strengthen com­mu­ni­ties. Health Pro­mot­ers work through­out Cen­tral Otago pro­vid­ing re­sources to schools, work­places and the wider com­mu­nity. Be phys­i­cally ac­tive as of­ten as you can Eat a healthy diet Be smoke­free Main­tain healthy choles­terol lev­els Keep blood pres­sure down Reg­u­late blood sugar lev­els The sup­port from vol­un­teers is vi­tal to the ef­forts of the Can­cer So­ci­ety to im­prove com­mu­nity well-be­ing. Vol­un­teers, in part­ner­ship with staff, are the face of the Can­cer So­ci­ety in our com- mu­ni­ties. Over 700 Can­cer So­ci­ety vol­un­teers through­out Otago and South­land are ac­tively in­volved lo­cally in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and sup­port for peo­ple af­fected by can­cer, fundrais­ing, health pro­mo­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion and gov­er­nance. Each year the Otago and South­land Di­vi­sion of the Can­cer So­ci­ety con­trib­utes $170,000 to can­cer re­search. This re­search is ad­min­is­tered by the national of­fice of the Can­cer So­ci­ety. Lo­cally fund­ing is given to the Can­cer So­ci­ety So­cial and Be­havioural Re­search Unit based at the Univer­sity of Otago’s Depart­ment of So­cial and Preven­tive Medicine and this part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity has ex­isted for 21 years. The So­ci­ety re­ceives no fund­ing di­rectly from Govern­ment and is to­tally re­liant on the gen­eros­ity and good­will of the

com­mu­ni­ties it serves. The Can­cer So­ci­ety Cen­tre, which in­cludes Kowhai House, in Dunedin and the of­fice in Queen­stown ser­vice the Cen­tral Otago re­gion. For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion please phone (03) 477 7447 or email ad­min@cansoc.org.nz. For in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the Sup­port­ive Care ser­vices avail­able in your com­mu­nity phone Marie Wales – 0275 360 066 or email marie@cansoc.org.nz.

Ad­ver­tis­ing Fea­ture

Raewyn Robert­son Client Sup­port Hawea, Lug­gate, Tar­ras, Wanaka

Glenys Camp­bell Client Sup­port Alexan­dra, Te­viot Val­ley, Cromwell

Marie Wales Team Leader Cen­tral Otago Queen­stown-Lakes

Jessica Stani­land Client Sup­port Wakatipu Basin, Ar­row­town, Glenorchy

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