Cancer doesn’t discriminate. In 2020, 145,000 Australians were diagnosed with cancer - one diagnosis in approximately every four minutes. The people living on the Northern Beaches are no different, with the major cancer presentations being lung, bowel, breast and prostate.
However, because it’s a new hospital, patients treated at Northern Beaches Hospital do not have the same access to services as other cancer patients elsewhere. For example:
There is no Wig Library at Northern Beaches Hospital.
There is no care coordinator to coordinate patient care between medical and Radiation Oncologists, General Practitioners, allied health professionals (physiotherapists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists etcetera).
There is no organised community of cancer patients to learn from and talk with.
Even though many of the treating specialists are involved with cutting-edge cancer research via clinical trials elsewhere, participation in clinical trials is not available to Northern Beaches Hospital patients unless they travel elsewhere.
Patients with certain cancer types are forced to travel to hospitals elsewhere in Sydney in order to access certain equipment for treatment.
We established the Northern Beaches Community Cancer Charity (NBCCC) to help people living with cancer via the Oncology Unit at Northern Beaches Hospital so patients can access the same level of service as other hospitals elsewhere. We are a new community-based charity run entirely by volunteers who are cancer survivors or who have had close family members with cancer.
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Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) is a non-profit organisation that provides support and services to residents in the Ku-ring-gai area in any way it can. KNC is located at St Ives Shopping Village and has been providing information and support services since 1979.
"How may I help?" are likely to be the most frequently uttered words you will hear if you visit. KNC is a Community Centre and Information Hub and provides a range of services to the local community including public-use computers, facilities to print, copy, scan, fax, email, laminate, book recycling and a Justice of the Peace available Mon-Fri.
KNC is also a leading provider of aged care services that assist individuals to remain living independently in their own homes. KNC offers a Wellness Program to support community members to thrive. All are welcome.
KNC supports people with disabilities, and their families, navigate the health and social care systems, access the services they require, when they require them, to maximise opportunities and to live independently.
KNC supports people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, migrants, refugees, families.
For further information:
Call 99884966 or email info@knc .org.au to learn more about how KNC support our older community and connect with people with disability.