Mac­quarie Home Stay’s whop­ping $33,000 do­na­tion from Can As­sist

Dubbo Photo News - - Photo News - By DARCEE NIXON

AN es­ti­mated 134,000 new cases of can­cer will be di­ag­nosed in Aus­tralia this year.

That’s 134,000 peo­ple that can­cer will di­rectly trau­ma­tise in just one year, plus the hun­dreds of thou­sands of fam­ily mem­bers, friends, ca­reers and health pro­fes­sion­als that will also be af­fected as part of the can­cer chain re­ac­tion.

Every­one knows that can­cer is not fair, but what a lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise is that the oc­cur­rence of all can­cers is gen­er­ally higher for peo­ple in re­gional ar­eas, as op­posed to met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gions.

You would think, there­fore, that can­cer treat­ment cen­tres would be more con­cen­trated in ru­ral ar­eas, where they are needed most. Shock­ingly, there are 94 per cent fewer on­col­o­gists in the ru­ral health­care workforce, com­pared to ma­jor cities.

Peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas have poorer sur­vival rates than those liv­ing in ma­jor cities. The fur­ther away from a ma­jor city that pa­tients with can­cer live, the more likely they are to die within five years of di­ag­no­sis. One of the lead­ing fac­tors of lower sur­vival rates for peo­ple with can­cer in ru­ral ar­eas is the lesser avail­abil­ity and qual­ity of di­ag­nos­tic and treat­ment from Can As­sist present their $33,000 cheque to Stay’srod Crow­foot (far left). PHOTO: DONNA FALCONER

ser­vices.

This is where or­gan­i­sa­tions like Can As­sist step in and be­come a valu­able part of a ru­ral can­cer pa­tient’s jour­ney. Can As­sist is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that all peo­ple in NSW, par­tic­u­larly the West­ern District, have ac­cess to can­cer treat­ment and care.

For most can­cer pa­tients, their di­ag­no­sis causes sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal and emo­tional dis­tress, loss of in­come and sub­stan­tial ex­pense. Most ru­ral peo­ple with can­cer need to travel to ma­jor cen­tres in or­der to ac­cess treat­ment, which adds fur­ther fi­nan­cial and per­sonal bur­den on them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

Can As­sist pro­vides sup­port for ex­penses such as ac­com­mo­da­tion, power, gas, rent and phar­macy ac­counts to en­sure that peo­ple from ru­ral and re­gional NSW are given in­creas­ingly sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties and choices for their treat­ment as peo­ple in met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gions.

Can As­sist was proud to present Mac­quarie Home Stay a cheque for $33,000 on Thurs­day, March 22, which will be used to build the ‘Dubbo and District Can As­sist Room’. Mac­quarie Home Stay is a planned ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity, to be lo­cated near the Dubbo hospi­tal, that will pro­vide the se­cu­rity of a home

away from home when pa­tients and their fam­i­lies need to come to Dubbo to seek med­i­cal treat­ment.

Es­tab­lished by a group of com­mu­nity mem­bers who saw the need for low-cost but not low-qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion, Mac­quarie Home Stay will en­sure that the cost of ac­com­mo­da­tion is not an ex­tra bur­den when seek­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

Mac­quarie Home Stay hopes to have 14 rooms ready for use by Septem­ber this year.

Can As­sist would like to thank the Dubbo and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties for their con­tin­ued sup­port, in­clud­ing do­na­tions, fundrais­ing and vol­un­teer­ing.

If you would like to get in­volved with Can As­sist and sup­port their amaz­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the Dubbo re­gion, you’re in­vited to go along to the Dubbo Au­tumn Gar­dens. This event will be held on Sun­day, April 29, from 9.30am to 4pm. The $25 con­tri­bu­tion to visit all gar­dens will go straight to Can As­sist, to be put to­wards great causes in our com­mu­nity, such as Mac­quarie Home Stay.

There will be qual­ity stalls at all gar­dens, with lunch, tea and cof­fee avail­able as well. ABC ra­dio gar­den­ing ex­pert Reg Kidd will be in at­ten­dance to give talks and gar­den­ing ad­vice. See you there!

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