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We host many events throughout the year. All proceeds from our events support the work of Solaris Cancer Care.
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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

Dates: March 28th

Time: 1pm - 3.00pm

Facilitator: Amy Pearn

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Genetics

28 Mar 2019 More Info

Solaris Cancer Care Business Breakfast 2019
Resilience

Key Note Speaker: Glen Jakovich


The annual Business Breakfast is designed to inspire attendees through new ideas and fresh thinking. Speakers share their knowledge, insight and approaches to problem-solving and critical thinking. 

In his address, Glen will draw on his diverse career, business and personal experiences to share his observations about resilience and the ability to cope with unexpected changes and challenges and how these challenges can ultimately strengthen both personal and business capacity.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 

Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth, WA 6008
$90.00 per person or $600.00 per table of 8 www.trybooking.com/YWDM

All funds raised proudly benefit Solaris Cancer Care.

For more information please contact
(08) 9384 3544
[email protected]

Solaris Cancer Care Business Breakfast 2019

03 Apr 2019 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 April 3rd

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Emotional Wellbeing with Julie Verley

03 Apr 2019 More Info

 

Join us for a panel discussion that promises to be lively. Complementary therapy use in cancer is a hot topic with plenty of controversies. This is an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts. Co-hosted by Breast Cancer Care WA, melanomaWA, Myeloma Australia and Solaris Cancer Care.
Join our panel of experts including a conventional doctor, naturopath and researcher who are willing to share their knowledge and answer your questions. 


Around 70% of people with cancer choose to use at least one kind of complementary therapy. There's evidence to show that complementary therapies can help people manage side effects, given themselves a sense of empowerment, and improve quality of life. Yet there's still a lot of fear and controversy, as well as confusion and misinformation about what is safe, effective, and worth exploring. 

David Joske is a professor, haematologist, founder of Solaris with abroad understanding of integrating complementary therapies into mainstream care. 


Chandrika Gibson is a naturopath, Yoga teacher and yoga therapist with a Masters in Wellness, currently undertaking a PhD in integrative oncology. Formerly a project officer in the Cancer Council’s Life Now program, a patient educator, and now Director of Wellness, Education and Research at Solaris. 

Bring your questions on the night, or if you'd like a more considered response, please submit your questions to [email protected] prior to the event so our panelists can prepare.
 

 

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

Tuesday, April 16th from 6pm - 8pm

Conference Hall, 80 Railway St, Cottesloe 6011

 

 

Guest Speaker Event -Understanding Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

16 Apr 2019 More Info

Autumn Day Retreat

This free one day retreat will invite you to rest and relax in our tranquil centre. There will be opportunities to book bodywork (massage, hand and foot massage, scar work).

A light, vegetarian lunch and herbal teas will be provided.

Bring a water bottle, and dress in stretchy layers you can move in for the gentle yoga.

The planned schedule (subject to minor changes) is:

9.15am Meet in conference hall

9.30am - 11am Guided meditation 

11am-11.30am tea break

11.30am - 12.30pm gentle yoga

12.30pm - 1.30pm Light lunch

1.30pm - 2pm Walking meditation

2pm - 3pm Self Care Strategies discussion

3pm - 4pm Sound healing

When: Monday April 29th 9.15am - 4pm

Venue: Conference Hall, 80 Railway Street Cottesloe

Places are limited so please register all attendees.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Day Retreat

29 Apr 2019 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 1st to May 29th  

Duration: 5 weeks course

Facilitator: Cathy Brown

Venue: Wanslea House Cottesloe

9 Keys to Empowerment

01 May 2019 More Info

 

 

 

Are you providing care for someone with 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 via details below


 

Carer's Course: Perth

04 May 2019 More Info

 

The term “mandala” is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning disc or circle.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the mandala is used to assist in meditation. The process of making a mandala is a process of
journeying inward.
Creating mandalas can be an excellent way to focus the mind. By the process of going inward we have an opportunity to get in touch with a
deeper aspect of ourselves.
Creating mandalas can help us to relax, relieve stress and offer insight whilst maintaining a sense of inner order within the safe boundary of
the circle.
During this workshop you will be creating your own unique mandalas that reflect in some way who you are.

 

Day:  Monday

Date: May 6th
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julia Singh

Venue: Conference Hall

Mindful Mandala

06 May 2019 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: May 9th 

Facilitator: Kate Scanlon

 

 

Sore Mouth Solutions

09 May 2019 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 an ongoing support group if you want to.

 

Day: Fridays

Dates: May 10th - June 7th 2019

Time: 10am - 12pm

Duration: 5 weeks

Facilitators: Julie Verley & Maureen Tan
 

There is no charge for this course.

Bereavement: Living with Loss

10 May 2019 More Info

 

Living with a cancer diagnosis impacts on a relationship in ways that are sometimes difficult to manage. This 5 week Communication for Couples course aims to develop your understanding of the concept of 'self'- your communication style and how that impacts on your relationship. It is an exploration into how you create meaning in your relationship and in your life together, that enhances your emotional connection and fulfillment.

 

Day: Mondays

Date: May 13th - June 17th  

Excluding Monday June 3rd (public holiday)

Time: 10 - 12pm

Facilitator: Maureen Tan

Communication for Couples Course

13 May 2019 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 July 18th 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 16th to July 4th  

Duration: 8 weeks course plus 1 day Retreat July 18th

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Venue: Conference Hall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

16 May 2019 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 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: Thursday

Dates: Thursday 23rd May

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Samantha Briatico

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Dance & Yoga: Movement Medicine

23 May 2019 More Info

 

 

 

Are you providing care for someone with 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 via details below


 

Carer's Course: Great Southern

25 May 2019 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 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: Thursday

Dates: Thursday 6th June

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Samantha Briatico

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Dance & Yoga: Movement Medicine

06 Jun 2019 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

 

 

 

 

Day: Fridays

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dates: June 7th to July 5th

Duration: 5 weeks course includes taster of food prepped 

Facilitator: Clemency Nicolson

Venue: Wanslea Room and Demonstration kitchen

 

 

Nutrition - Cooking and Eating for Well-being

07 Jun 2019 More Info

 

Change is an inevitable part of life. To a large extent, how change affects us is down to how we react to it; in other words our attitude.
It is said the only constant in the world is change. Nothing stays the same forever, however for many of us change can be an unsettling
time and we may feel scared, anxious or even angry.

Day:  Wednesday 

Date: June 12th
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Kirsty Wood

Venue: Conference Hall

Managing Change

12 Jun 2019 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. This one day workshop explores mindful breathing and movement to promote your autonomy in gaining ownership in the way you manage pain.

 

Date: Wednesday June 19th

Time: 1 - 3pm

Facilitator: Maureen Tan

Mindful Movement for Pain Management

19 Jun 2019 More Info

 

Introduction to ACT Workshop
ACT is a form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness strategies together with behavioural change strategies to help you increase your psychological flexibility.

Why get more mentally flexible? It helps us to effectively deal with our negative thoughts and feelings, accept what is out of our control, and focus on committing to action that will improve and enrich our lives. Join experienced facilitator and registered Psychologist Kirsty Wood to learn practical techniques that will assist you to clarify values and take meaningful action in your own life.

 

Date: Wednesday February 27th
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Kirsty Wood 

Venue: Conference Hall

Introduction to ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

26 Jun 2019 More Info