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This will be an event not to be missed!

Be inspired by the venerable Ajahn Brahm, a gifted teacher who has been a practicing Buddhist monk for over 30 years. With his deep wisdom coupled with raucous sense of humour, you’ll be delighted and transported by his story telling, and invited to experience the vast stillness within through direct meditation experiences.

 

Ajahn Brahm's dharma talk will cover mindfulness, kindfulness and with his usual humour, bring us all together. 

 

Venue: Solaris Cancer Care Conference Hall , 80 Railway Street, Cottelsoe

Time: 4pm-6pm 

FREE TO ALL

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker Event - Ajahn Brahm

04 Feb 2020 More Info

While some things are just unlucky, there’s a lot you can do to improve your lifestyle, and decrease risk of cancer or it’s recurrence. This 10 week course covers all aspects of lifestyle medicine and is skilfully facilitated by someone who walks her talk. Cathy Brown is a long term survivor and thriver, who will share her personal and professional insights, informed by her training as a Gawler Foundation facilitator, clinical hypnotherapist and group facilitator. Join for 10 weeks, choose 5 weeks or drop in to the following topics:

Meditation – Feb 5th

Mind Training  1 – Feb 12th

Nutrition – February 19th with Chandrika Gibson

Healthy Emotions – February 26th with Julie Verley

Healing –March 4th

Living and Dying – 11th March

Mind Training 2 – 25th March

Pain Management—1st April

The Connection movie screening and Finale – 10th April

Day: Wednesdays   

Dates: February 5th – April 8th    

Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm   

Duration: 5 week, 10 weeks or drop in session  

Facilitator: Cathy Brown

Live Well: Create your Wellness Lifestyle

05 Feb 2020 More Info

Once a month we host a introductory seminar about Solaris Cancer Care and our services.

Meeting the Challenge will introduce you to a range of available services and support, including

  • Evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer
  • How to cope with diagnosis and treatment
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Managing stress
  • Nutrition, including juicing demonstration
  • Proven complementary and integrative therapies 

“When everything is under a cloud – jobs, friendships, relationships, lifestyle and indeed life itself – we ask people diagnosed with cancer to negotiate hospital mazes, a whole new language, learn something about biology and then to decide on treatment.”

Dr David Joske

 

 

Meeting the Challenge Seminar

11 Feb 2020 More Info

 

Join our panel of experts including a nutritionist, naturopath, dietitian and consumer representative who are willing to share their knowledge and answer your questions

The microbiome is the “mini-ecosystem” of microbes living everywhere throughout your body, including your skin, eyes, mouth and gut. If that sounds scary or disgusting, don’t worry. Most of the bacteria are helpful (symbiotic) or at least not harmful (non-pathogenic). While the microbiome contains all the bacteria in and on your body, several surprising health benefits have been linked to the bacteria in your gut specifically, and this is what most people are referring to when they talk about all the good the microbiome can do for you. Also learn about edible herbs and vegetables and how to locally source organic produce.

Come and hear the latest information about the Microbiome.

The panelists include:

Hayley Parcell is a qualified nutritionist  and clinical application specialist at Microba with a focus on the human gut microbiome and a passion for improving the gut health of Australians. Working with the leaders in gut microbiome research and analysis, Microba, enables Hayley to experience firsthand, the pioneering developments in this area of research as they occur.

Sam Smith is a consulting naturopath, who practices privately under the name Smith & Co Naturopathic Medicine. Sam has a interest investigating and supporting optimal gut health and prioritising wholefood nutrition.

Clemency Nicolson: is an accredited pracitising dietitian who practices privately with the Nutrition Specialists. Clemency also facilitates our Nutrition: Cooking and Eating for Wellbeing Course and Chemo and Nutrition workshops.

Carla Weir: Carla Weir is a horticulturalist that has extensive experience  in sustainability and landscaping and is passionate about mentoring others to connect with their gardens, grow their own food and embrace sustainable living practices. Carla is a qualified in business and marketing and practices reiki and meditation.

All welcome to this free event. Donations welcome.

Tuesday

February 11th

6pm - 8pm with Registration at 5.45pm

Conference Hall, 80 Railway St, Cottesloe

 

 

Guest Speakers: Microbiome: Magic and Mysteries of Gut Health Panel Discussion

11 Feb 2020 More Info

 

 

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others.

We are fortunate to have facilitators trained to support you to use drumming to connect.

No musical skills or experience are required, and the instruments are provided, so come along and make some noise, and see how drumming in a group feels for you.

 

 

Day: Friday

Dates: November 29th

Time: 1pm- 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley / Maureen Tan

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Drumming Circle: Building Resilience through Rhythm

14 Feb 2020 More Info

 

Step back into a fascinating future of Victorian romance, windswept ruins and audacious ingenuity, Blending the mystery of a by-gone era with the artistry of steam power.

Join us Saturday 15 February 2020 at The Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Perth

Inclusive of Pre-dinner Drinks |3 Course Menu | Beverages | Live Entertainment | Auctions

$150.00 pp | 10 guests per table | BOOK ONLINE:     https://www.trybooking.com/BDAKI

Enquiries: T: 9384 3544

E: [email protected]

Solaris Cancer Care Gala Ball 2020

15 Feb 2020 More Info


If you, or someone you know, is currently undergoing cancer treatment, you may be wondering if it is safe to exercise, or why you should even do any.

An exercise program can be one of the best things you can do for your body during this time.

Research shows that exercise is effective for people living with cancer and may even reduce chances of cancer recurrence. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause side effects on your body and you may experience muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion when doing things that you may have enjoyed previously.

Exercise while undergoing cancer treatment can:

· Manage and reduce cancer-related fatigue and overall side effects of cancer treatment;

· Maintain lean muscle mass, bone mineral density and aerobic conditioning;

· Maintain mobility post-surgery;                                                    

·  Improve mood, sense of being connected and social interaction- great for mental health!

Come and learn about all the benefits of exercise, how to monitor and manage fatigue during exercise, the types of exercises you can do and how to safely do them - you’ll also be in for a treat and get your body moving!

Come and listen to Exercise Physiologist Fiona Nguyen

 

Tuesday, February 18th from 12pm-1pm

 

 

 

Get Your Body Moving- Benefits of Exercise

18 Feb 2020 More Info

In this 2.5hr workshop, we will discuss some of the common ideas, myths and philosophies of nutrition for wellbeing during and after cancer. Bring your curly questions for our naturopath who is also a cancer researcher. 

 

Date: Wednesday February 19th

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Facilitator: Chandrika Gibson

Nutrition with Chandrika Gibson

19 Feb 2020 More Info

This program is run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, and the Look Good Feel Better workshops are hosted by Solaris Cancer Care.

Participants need to register directly through Look Good Feel Better either via our website -  www.lgfb.org.au/workshop - or by phoning 1800 650 960.

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance- related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

The workshops include sessions on skincare techniques to alleviate symptoms including dryness and sallowness; makeup tips to help patients deal with concealing redness and drawing on
eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection. 

Each participant receives a Confidence Kit, full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and to continue in their own homes.

Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Through the workshops friendships and additional support networks are formed that can help during their diagnosis and treatment.

Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. 

Day: Thursday
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Date: February 20th

Register online

 

www.lgfb.org.au/workshop

 

Look Good Feel Better

20 Feb 2020 More Info

Have you lost someone close to you? Joining this 5 week group will allow you to express and process your experience in a supportive, professionally facilitated group with others who have also experienced the great pain of loss. We believe that grief doesn’t go away, it stays with you and you learn to live around it. Through discussions you will gain skills in identifying emotions, share ideas about how to honour and remember your loved one, and find practical coping tools to help you manage.

After the course you’ll be invited to join our monthly ongoing support group. (1st Wednesday of the month 10.30am- 12.30pm).

Day: Fridays

Dates: February 21st – March 20th

Time: 10am - 12pm

Duration: 5 weeks

Facilitators: Julie Verley & Maureen Tan
 

There is no charge for this course.

Bereavement: Living with Loss

21 Feb 2020 More Info

Cathy Brown is coming to Bunbury to facilitate our very informative Meeting the Challenge Seminar

Throughout the year, we run this introductory seminar about our services, based on the key evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer.

This workshop provides information on:

· How to cope with diagnosis and treatment

· Positive lifestyle changes

· Managing stress

· Nutrition, including juicing demonstration

· Proven complementary and integrative therapies

Everyone is welcome but please register your interest. Light lunch is provided.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunbury - Meeting the Challenge Seminar

21 Feb 2020 More Info

Join social worker and counsellor Julie for a facilitated discussion about mindset, emotions and more. You'll be offered techniques to help yourself as well as find out more about how to access professional support when you need it.

 

Date: Wednesday February 26th

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Healthy Emotions with Julie Verley

26 Feb 2020 More Info

Memory making is an invaluable activity for people of all ages.

Creating a Memory Box creates a real physical and tangible trigger for us to remember meaningful life experiences and relationships and the box protects them from fading.

Through memory making activities people can express and process their feelings, communicate their wishes, needs and love for each other.

 

Join facilitator Jane Boys as she guides you through this creative experience, Thursday 27th Febraury | 12pm - 2pm | Cottesloe centre

No need to bring anything except your imagination and memories - templates are provided.

Memory Box Creations

27 Feb 2020 More Info

 

 

Solaris Cancer Care is very excited to offer the first men’s drumming circle in 2020. For men facing a diagnosis or who are carers, the changes they face within themselves and by extension to their relationships is unfamiliar territory.

Research shows depression and anxiety is elevated due to the adjustments required to manage the varying levels of lifestyle changes and social connections. In light of this, we offer a space where men can connect through their experiences, to come together and form a trusting circle - let your spirit speak through the vibrations of the African Djembe Drums.

Julie Verley and Maureen Tan are excited to be the facilitators of the very first of drumming as therapeutic support for men who want to connect through rhythm and fun.

 

Day: Fridays

Dates: 28th February- March 27th

Time: 1pm- 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley / Maureen Tan

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Drumming Course for Men

28 Feb 2020 More Info

iRest has been developed by Richard Miller PhD and trialled widely including large studies with returned service people and those suffering post traumatic stress disorder. iRest is proven to decrease stress, anxiety and improve sleep, pain and quality of life.

Your guide for this 5 week course is Dael Hunter, a yoga therapist, very experienced yoga teacher and trained iRest facilitator.

Day Mondays

Time 11.30am – 1:00pm

Dates:  March 9th - April 6th

Duration: 5 weeks

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Deep Rest-the iRest Experience

09 Mar 2020 More Info

Once a month we host a introductory seminar about Solaris Cancer Care and our services.

Meeting the Challenge will introduce you to a range of available services and support, including

  • Evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer
  • How to cope with diagnosis and treatment
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Managing stress
  • Nutrition, including juicing demonstration
  • Proven complementary and integrative therapies 

“When everything is under a cloud – jobs, friendships, relationships, lifestyle and indeed life itself – we ask people diagnosed with cancer to negotiate hospital mazes, a whole new language, learn something about biology and then to decide on treatment.”

Dr David Joske

 

 

Meeting the Challenge Seminar

10 Mar 2020 More Info

 

Pain over any sustained period of time can be debilitating on the quality of life. Research shows it has a significant negative impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

These 2 session workshops explore mindful breathing and movement to promote your autonomy in gaining ownership in the way you manage pain.

 

Day: Monday and Tuesday

Date: 16th March and 17th March

Time: 1:00pm -2:30pm

Facilitator: Maureen Tan

Mindful Movement for Pain Management

16 Mar 2020 More Info

 

This workshop offers you 10 easy steps to solving the problem of a sore mouth.

Learn tips and tricks to keep ulcers and mouth sores at bay during chemotherapy treatment.

Dr Float and Dr Scanlon from Rokeby Dental Surgery and Implant Centre run a cancer support
program and have helped many people manage the health of their mouths and teeth during and after cancer treatment.

They are focused on patient comfort and want to help you make mouth soreness an avoidable symptom of the past.

Great for newly diagnosed people as well as those currently having treatment.

 

Day: Thursday

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Dates: March 19th 

Facilitator: Kate Scanlon

 

 

Sore Mouth Solutions

19 Mar 2020 More Info

Having issues or questions with hair growth during or post chemotherapy?

 Jane is a qualified Trichologist from The HairPhysio. Jane is a passionate professional with more than two decades experience in the hair industry. Jane also volunteers at our SJOG Subiaco centre every month.

Jane began her passion for hair and scalp health more than a decade ago, where she trained in hair science at the world famous Philip Kingsley Clinic in London, before completing her certification in trichology with the International Association of Trichologists and later joining the World Trichology Society.

 This workshop will offer you solutions to restore hair and scalp health.

 

Day: Tuesday

Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Dates: March 24th

Facilitator: Jane Davies

 

 

Hair and Scalp Solutions

24 Mar 2020 More Info

Why do some people seem more prone to cancer than others? Lifestyle factors like smoking, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet,
exposure to toxins and other known causes may increase risk, yet some people seem to get away with it, while others with health
conscious lifestyles still get cancer.

As the understanding of genetics grows, particular genes have been identified that increase risk of certain cancers.

There’s still a lot of unknowns though and having genetic testing won’t be for everyone.

This workshop is facilitated by a skilled genetic counsellor who can explain the science clearly and help you understand the options for testing.

 

 

Day: Thursday 

Date: March 26th

Time: 1pm-3pm

Facilitator: Amy Pearn

 

 

Genetics

26 Mar 2020 More Info

Join our dietician Clemency Nicolson and learn about eating well during chemotherapy.

What to eat, how to eat with chemotherapy side effects, nutritional supplements and more…

 

Day: Friday

Date: March 27th

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Facilitator: Clemency Nicolson

 

 

Chemotherapy and Nutrition

27 Mar 2020 More Info

 

Are you providing care for someone with cancer or a serious illness?

Register for this one-day education course providing information and practical skills to help you give the best care possible.

This course is free and open to all carers of seriously ill patients.

The course will cover:

• Effective Communication with family, friends and medical personnel

• Managing Medication

• Managing Pain

• Managing Symptoms

• Practical Aspects

• Good Nutrition

• Exercise

• Self-Care

• Complementary therapies: what are they and how can they help

 

All course materials, lunch and refreshments supplied.

Registration is essential as places are limited. Please register either by calling, emailing or by visiting one of our centres and completing this form - Carers Course 2020

Solaris Cancer Care SCGH

P: 08 6383 3474

E: [email protected]

 

Where: Solaris Cancer Care SCGH

DD Block, Ground Floor Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, 6009

Day: Saturday, 28 March 2020

Time: 9:45 am — 4:00 pm

Cost: free

Carers Course Perth Metro

28 Mar 2020 More Info

This program is run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, and the Look Good Feel Better workshops are hosted by Solaris Cancer Care.

Participants need to register directly through Look Good Feel Better either via our website -  www.lgfb.org.au/workshop - or by phoning 1800 650 960.

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance- related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

The workshops include sessions on skincare techniques to alleviate symptoms including dryness and sallowness; makeup tips to help patients deal with concealing redness and drawing on
eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection. 

Each participant receives a Confidence Kit, full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and to continue in their own homes.

Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Through the workshops friendships and additional support networks are formed that can help during their diagnosis and treatment.

Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. 

Day: Thursday
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Date: February 20th

Register online

 

www.lgfb.org.au/workshop

 

Look Good Feel Better

02 Apr 2020 More Info

Join naturopath, yoga therapist, and cancer researcher Chandrika Gibson for a workshop exploring the ‘Mix of 6’ in your anti-cancer lifestyle.

Based on the work by Lorenzo Cohen PhD and Alison Jefferies Med, this workshop will give you practical tips and insight based on the latest evidence about how to integrate the following aspects of wellness to increase your tolerance to treatment, reduce risk of recurrence, and create an optimal environment in your mind, body and home that is inhospitable to cancer.

The ‘Mix of 6’ includes;

1. Love and Support

2. Stress

3. Sleep

4. Exercise

5. Diet

6. Environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day: Monday

Date: April 6th

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Chandrika Gibson

 

 

Mix of 6: Create an Anti Cancer Lifestyle

06 Apr 2020 More Info

 

Come along to hear the latest science and get inspired to use exercise as a medicine.

 

Professor Rob Newton was recognised as WA’s joint Scientist of the Year in 2019 and with very good reason. His research has included over 38 randomised clinical trials focusing on improving the wellbeing and life span of people with cancers including breast, lung, ovarian, pancreatic and a type of brain cancer as well as mesothelioma.

Rob says research into tens of thousands of people shows that cancer patients who exercise live longer than those who are sedentary. That’s not just because of the overall health benefits of exercise – cancer patients who exercise are less likely to die from their cancer. “So there’s something about exercise that actually suppresses the development of the cancer,” Rob says. He says targeted exercise produces changes in the body of cancer patients that slow cell proliferation and increase the death of cancer cells. Rob says if a patient exercises each day they are effectively dosing themselves with internal anti-cancer medicine.

This is a not to be missed presentation from a world leading expert on exercise and cancer.

 

 

All welcome to this free comunity event co-hosted by Solaris Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Care WA and melanomaWA.

Tuesday, April 7th  from 6pm - 8pm

Conference Hall, 80 Railway St, Cottesloe

 

 

Guest Speaker Event - Exercise Science Update- Prof Rob Newton

07 Apr 2020 More Info

Once a month we host a introductory seminar about Solaris Cancer Care and our services.

Meeting the Challenge will introduce you to a range of available services and support, including

  • Evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer
  • How to cope with diagnosis and treatment
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Managing stress
  • Nutrition, including juicing demonstration
  • Proven complementary and integrative therapies 

“When everything is under a cloud – jobs, friendships, relationships, lifestyle and indeed life itself – we ask people diagnosed with cancer to negotiate hospital mazes, a whole new language, learn something about biology and then to decide on treatment.”

Dr David Joske

 

 

Meeting the Challenge Seminar

14 Apr 2020 More Info

Come and explore beliefs during this three week course of the untapped power of the mind in the search for meaning, freedom and personal happiness.

Empower yourself with strategies and skills to enhance your life.

Facilitators Cathy Brown and Pauline O'Connor

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: April 15th - April 29th

Time 1:00pm – 1:00pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Venue: Cottesloe 

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

15 Apr 2020 More Info

Join a passionate, well informed Accredited Practicing Dietitian to delight in the theory and practice of cooking and eating for well-being.
Covering nutrition basics, debunking myths, and opening up to the pros and cons of different eating styles, this 5 week course will provoke
and inspire discussion.

Although there‘s no one diet that is perfect for everyone, this course will provide you with take-home tips for improving the nutritional
content of your favourite foods, making sustainable nutritionalchanges, practical recipes, and cooking tips.

Includes taster of food prepared.

 

Day: Fridays

Dates:April 17th to May 22nd

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Facilitator: Clemency Nicolson

Venue: Wanslea Room and Demonstration kitchen

 

 

Cooking and Eating for Well-being

17 Apr 2020 More Info

Join Suzie Craddock from The Rhythm Centre who will facilitate a  5 week fun filled expressive Movement program to help individuals cope with the emotional, physical and social challenges you might be having during your cancer journey.  

Dance therapies use movement to promote self-expression. It improves your state of mental and physical wellbeing. It helps develop positive body image, self-esteem, increases communication skills and will encourage you to feel the benefits of movement as  a form of exercise.  Dancing has no age limit.

If the word “dance “seems intimidating to you we will encourage you to approach it through different eyes. Its about expressing your experiences through the power of movement .

Join us Thursdays for a fun filled expressive way to move safely.

 

Date: Thursdays

Dates: May 7th - June 4th

Time: 11am -12pm

Venue: Conference Hall  80 Railway Street, Cottesloe 6011

Mindful Movement

07 May 2020 More Info

Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword, it’s an incredibly useful skill to develop.  This eight week course is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has been studied around the world for thirty years.  Delivered in all major cancer centres worldwide, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is a structured program to take you deep into your own meditation experience.  It has been proven in numerous studies to help with pain management, fatigue and stress, lowering rates of anxiety and depression.  Participants frequently report that they find this program truly life altering. MBSR can help you live well, regardless of your circumstances.  The course also includes a one day silent retreat (see MBSR Day Retreat below for dates).

 

The evidence

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been proven in numerous studies to help with pain management, fatigue and stress, lowering rates of anxiety and depression. Participants frequently report that they find this program truly life altering.

 

The classes

During the classes you will learn practical ways for enhancing your awareness and managing the pressures of life. You will learn and practice mindfulness meditations including the body scan, mindful eating, mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditation and gentle yoga exercises. There will be some short lectures and exercises to explore and transform patterns of thinking and feeling and time for questions and discussion.

Retreat Day

The final session on June 25th is an excursion to the Buddhist Monastery at Serpentine where you can experience lived mindfulness in the company of the long term meditating Buddhist monks and lay community. Details will be provided by your facilitator and carpooling is suggested.

 

Day: Thursdays

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Dates: May 7th to July 2nd 

Duration: 8 weeks course plus 1 day Retreat June 25th

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Venue: Conference Hall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

07 May 2020 More Info

In this workshop we will be exploring different forms of mindful movement - yoga, spinal movements and dance.

Through this exploration of movement and the body, we can begin to deepen our understanding of ourselves. We become aware of tensions we hold in the body, linear movement patterns and movements we feel most comfortable with and uncomfortable with.

When we start to move mindfully and bring our awareness to the present moment, we also begin to become more aware of the patterns in our mind. We can begin to see the mind - body connection.

 

 Day: Monday

Date: May 11th

Time: 12pm-2pm

Facilitator: Samantha Briatico

 

 

Dance and Yoga: Movement Medicine

11 May 2020 More Info

This program is run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, and the Look Good Feel Better workshops are hosted by Solaris Cancer Care.

Participants need to register directly through Look Good Feel Better either via our website -  www.lgfb.org.au/workshop - or by phoning 1800 650 960.

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance- related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

The workshops include sessions on skincare techniques to alleviate symptoms including dryness and sallowness; makeup tips to help patients deal with concealing redness and drawing on
eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection. 

Each participant receives a Confidence Kit, full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and to continue in their own homes.

Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Through the workshops friendships and additional support networks are formed that can help during their diagnosis and treatment.

Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. 

Day: Thursday
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Date: February 20th

Register online

 

www.lgfb.org.au/workshop

 

Look Good Feel Better

14 May 2020 More Info

Join experienced facilitator Cathy Brown to explore the nine areas of life cancer thrivers may have in common. Built on lived experiences, this interactive program brings to life your unique experience making informed choices to support your wellbeing.
This course is hopeful and opens up discussions on a variety of topics relevant to people facing health issues. As her PhD thesis Kelly Turner examined outliers- people who outlived their prognosis, and analysed the key themes they had in common. While we are careful to avoid false hope, many people diagnosed with cancer find that reading the stories of these cancer thrivers is very helpful.
The nine areas discussed, with room for debate, sharing and dissension, include:
1. Changing your diet – if so, why, and who to consult
2. Taking control of your health – how to source reliable information and make informed decisions
3. Following your intuition – first de-stress, then tune in
4. Using herbs and supplements – is there any evidence? Can this cause harm?
5. Keeping the lines of communication open
6. Managing emotions; increasing positive experiences
7. Embracing social support
8. Deepening your spiritual connection
9. Checking with values and reasons for living well

 

Benefits & Outcomes

  • An understanding of the nine key principles that people who thrive have in common.

  • Deeper understanding of the choices people make, and what possible life paths have been trod by others.

  • Sharing resources and ideas in a facilitated, inclusive forum.

“Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our moment-to-moment decisions. This includes how we choose to eat and drink, think and feel, act and react, and move and rest on any given day.”
Dr Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 1pm – 3.30pm

Dates: May 20th to June 17th

Duration: 5 weeks course

Facilitator: Cathy Brown

Venue:  Cottesloe

9 Keys to Empowerment

20 May 2020 More Info

 

Would you like to explore many ways to outsmart stress, be your own best friend and invite more healing laughter into your life? Join Janni Goss for this five week course based on her book "Love, Laughter and Longevity - The Art and Science of Wellbeing". Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Try a weekly dose and find out!

 

Day: Thursdays

Date: May 21st - June 18th

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wanslea Room, Cottesloe

Facilitator: Janni Goss

Wellbeing Matters: Laughter as Therapy

21 May 2020 More Info

Why do certain memories– of people, places, objects and events– continue to matter to you?

Using short and longer writing exercises, this five week course will explore the nature of memory itself and will help you find the best words and pleasing shapes through which to write the story of your life.

 

 Day: Friday

Date: May 29th

Time: 1pm-4pm

Facilitator: Susan Midalia

 

 

Memoir Writing

29 May 2020 More Info

Once a month we host a introductory seminar about Solaris Cancer Care and our services.

Meeting the Challenge will introduce you to a range of available services and support, including

  • Evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer
  • How to cope with diagnosis and treatment
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Managing stress
  • Nutrition, including juicing demonstration
  • Proven complementary and integrative therapies 

“When everything is under a cloud – jobs, friendships, relationships, lifestyle and indeed life itself – we ask people diagnosed with cancer to negotiate hospital mazes, a whole new language, learn something about biology and then to decide on treatment.”

Dr David Joske

 

 

Meeting the Challenge Seminar

09 Jun 2020 More Info

 

 

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others.

We are fortunate to have facilitators trained to support you to use drumming to connect.

No musical skills or experience are required, and the instruments are provided, so come along and make some noise, and see how drumming in a group feels for you.

 

 

Day: Friday

Dates: November 29th

Time: 1pm- 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley / Maureen Tan

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Drumming Circle: Building Resilience through Rhythm

09 Jun 2020 More Info

 

Financial toxicity is a real and increasingly recognised source of distress. Issues may arise due to you or your support person needing to stop or reduce work, costs associated with travel to treatment, child care, gap payments, allied health services, medical equipment, and other changes that cancer brings.

We have brought together a panel of experts who will share their knowledge about topics such as how to access insurance, superannuation, legal aspects of wills and estate planning, and HR advice on managing your career during and after cancer.

Panelists include financial advisors, lawyers and HR specialists.

 

 All welcome to this free comunity event co-hosted by Solaris Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Care WA and melanomaWA.

Tuesday, June 9th from 6pm - 8pm

Conference Hall, 80 Railway St, Cottesloe

 

 

Guest Speakers: Financial Matters- Panel Discussion

09 Jun 2020 More Info

You are invited to visit the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine on

Thursday 18th July.


 9.30 am Arrival at Monastery.
10.30 am Sharing of Food. Early lunch and enjoy the gardens.
12.00 pm Talk and guided meditation by the Ven Abbot Ajahn Brahm.
 2.00 pm Departure. 


Please bring a plate of vegetarian food for a shared lunch, which is the only meal of the day for the monks. Examples of suitable food are: vegetarian pies, bakes, quiches, noodle/pasta/rice risotto dishes, salads, fruits, cheese and desserts are welcome.

Please wear warm clothing and (shoes which are easy to slip on and off)
Phone 08 9384 3544 for further details

Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery Visit

25 Jun 2020 More Info