Skip links and keyboard navigation

    Media Statements

    Coat of ArmsMedia Release
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister ‘mixes it up’ with Cairns team for Dry July

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    Minister ‘mixes it up’ with Cairns team for Dry July

    A month without alcohol can have several health benefits but for those taking part in Dry July, the challenge to refrain from drinking is made more attractive by the fundraising rewards for a cause close to their heart.

    And if there are moments when even that fails to bring solace, there is always the odd mocktail mixing session with the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services to get one through!

    Cairns Hospital’s Day Oncology Unit has a team who have accepted the challenge, the ‘Cairns Can Canners’.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick, in Cairns today, dropped in to offer moral support and mix up some non-alcoholic cocktails – “mocktails” – at the hospital’s D’café.

    “So many Queenslanders are touched by cancer and I am happy to lend a hand to the fabulous staff at the Cairns Hospital and their Dry July endeavours,” Mr Dick said.

    “Their outstanding fundraising efforts since 2013 have seen more than $105,000 raised to help cancer patients at Cairns Hospital.”

    The money has bought vital medical equipment such as chemotherapy pumps, which deliver medication while allowing a patient to be mobile, and other items that enhance patient comfort, such as the chemotherapy chairs used for day oncology.

    This year, fundraising from Dry July will go towards a PhysioTouch device to help manage oncology patients with lymphoedema, post-surgical scars and post-radiation fibrosis and pain.

    With PhysioTouch, a small vacuum lifts the skin to activate the clogged capillaries that are retaining fluid. As they start to unclog, fluid moves around the body more freely and the swelling goes down.

    The members of the team who have signed up for Dry July, including nurses, a medical oncologist and a physiotherapist, say the challenge has been made easier by the fact they have all been personally affected by cancer in some way.

    Lead by Acting Day Oncology Nurse Unit Manager Rebecca Johnson, the team is among a group of 85 supports who have so far raised almost $7000 with the total growing daily.

    “Everyone in the community is affected by cancer in some way. Yes, not having a drink for a month will be hard, but it’s a very small sacrifice for us to make, compared to what many people going through treatment endure,” Ms Johnson said.

    Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Clare Douglas said she was delighted that the Cairns Hospital staff had decided to participate in Dry July.

    “By giving up alcohol for a month, Rebecca and her team are making a big difference to our local cancer patients,” Ms Douglas said.

    ENDS

     

    Media contact:

    Cath Palmer 0424 823 834