20 November 2012
SA Health Minister will join a community celebration held by Cancer Council SA today to highlight the importance of improving services and support for country South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
Guests will gather at Cancer Council Lodge Flinders on Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town today to celebrate the recent improvements made to its lodges that serve as a ‘home away from home’ for country South Australians with cancer.
“Today, the Minister, our Lodge guests, our supporters, volunteers and staff will join together to officially launch the latest upgrade to Cancer Council Lodge Flinders - a brand new lift and walkway that will ensure safer and equal access to all our rooms for our guests.
“By making these upgrades to our lodges we aim to reduce the distress of those in our community who need to travel long distances for their cancer treatment and who must often leave the support of loved ones and support networks behind, often for long periods of time.
“Today we will acknowledge the many people that have helped to make these recent improvements at Cancer Council Lodge Flinders possible, in particular the South Australian community and the South Australian Government which provided $250,000 to get the project underway.
Brentyn and Carol Koch from Naracoorte both know the distress that a cancer diagnosis can bring. They are now staying at Cancer Council Lodge Flinders for their second time in three years.
“My wife Carol was diagnosed with Myeloma back in 2009 and now I am having treatment in Adelaide for prostate cancer.
“Both times around we have stayed at Cancer Council Lodge Flinders because it makes having treatment in Adelaide so much easier.
“The staff are warm and friendly and really understand what guests are going through and the rooms are clean and comfortable. When staying here we know help is only a phone call or short walk away.
“The new lift is a welcome addition – it certainly offers lodge guests who are very unwell some relief, especially after a day of cancer treatment,” says Mr Koch.”
Cancer Council SA offers affordable and subsidised accommodation across three different Adelaide sites to regional and remote South Australians affected by cancer, including their carers and families.
“Many people don’t know that this wonderful service exists, not to mention the variety of free services available to them when they arrive; like a free bus service to cancer treatment centres and access to a dedicated social worker for practical assistance and counselling,” says Professor Wilson.
Where: Cancer Council Lodge Flinders, 27 Dequetteville Tce, Kent Town