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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: Bunbury and South West

28 Apr 2018 More Info

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If you've lost someone dear to you, you are invited to join this 6 week course to explore the bereavement experience in a supportive group environment. 

Day Wednesdays

Time 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dates 2nd May – 6th June

Duration: 6 weeks

Facilitators: Richie Perera & Julie Verley
Venue: Wanslea room

Bereavement - Living with Loss Six Week Course

02 May 2018 More Info

The internet is rife with claims about the ability of certain natural therapies and substances to treat cancer. How can you tell which is true and which is snake oil? This five week course will help you become a savvy consumer so that you can understand the proven benefits, and wisely consider the risks of using natural medicines. With expert guidance you’ll come to understand the strengths and weaknesses of herbs and supplements, and the evidence for other complementary therapies such as massage, meditation and more. The information will allow you to understand the science as it is currently, so that you can ask the right questions of your health care providers. We’re here to offer unbiased information without trying to sell you anything, that’s a rare opportunity!

Day Mondays

Time 10am – 12pm

Dates 7th May – 4th June

Duration: 5 weeks

Facilitator: Chandrika Gibson
Venue: Conference Hall 

Using Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

07 May 2018 More Info

 

Every second Tuesday of each 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
  • You will be introduced to meditation and other key concepts we embody
  • A tour of our wonderful venue
  • Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet other people who are new to Solaris Cancer Care

“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

08 May 2018 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 28th 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.

Time;

Thursday for 8 weeks, 10am-12pm, starting 10th May until 28th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

10 May 2018 More Info

Empower Yourself 

Barbara Warren is one of Australia’s most respected and dynamic trainers. A corporate coach, mentor and more, this is an entertaining, practical and inspiring workshop. Empowerment strategies are learned skills you can apply to decsions making and self-care. Join Barbara for an exciting and enjoyable workshop that will provide you with transferable skills for any area of your life.  

Day: Friday

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Date: May 11th

Venue: Conference Hall 

Empower Yourself

11 May 2018 More Info

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.

Our 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 our 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: Thurs
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Date: May 17th

Register online

https://lgfb.org.au/register/

Look Good Feel Better

17 May 2018 More Info


Don’t miss Perth’s own ‘Dance Party’ with songs from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and the modern music of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams.

Date: May 19th 6pm - 10pm
Venue: The Sewing Room

             Basement, Wolf Lane

              317 Murray St

               Perth
Tickets are $39 and part proceeds from the night will be donated to Solaris Cancer Care, assisting Western Australians living with cancer.

Book at http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/jazz-for-a-cause/102384

Jazz for a Cause

19 May 2018 More Info

 

 

Join author, laughter yoga facilitator and physiotherapist Janni Goss to learn strategies to outsmart stress and nurture yourself. With a focus on positive relationships and emotions such as kindness, love, gratitude and compassion, along with hearty laughter. Is laughter the best medicine? Try a dose and find out!

Day: Thursday

Date: May 24th

Time: 1pm - 2.15pm

Venue: Cottesloe

Wellbeing Matters

24 May 2018 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.

9 Keys to Empowerment

29 May 2018 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

09 Jun 2018 More Info

 

Every second Tuesday of each 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
  • You will be introduced to meditation and other key concepts we embody
  • A tour of our wonderful venue
  • Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet other people who are new to Solaris Cancer Care

“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

12 Jun 2018 More Info

Many of our clients tell us that they are interested in nutrition. Yet the internet, books and well meaning people in the community seem to have conflicting ideas about what kinds of food and eating philosophies to follow. Bring your curly questions on the night, or if you'd like a more considered response, please submit your questions to csmcottesloe@solariscancercare.org.au prior to the event so our panellists can prepare.

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

Tuesday June 12th from 6pm - 8pm

Conference hall, 80 Railway St, Cottesloe

 

 

Guest Speaker Event - Nutrition Panel - Ask an Expert

12 Jun 2018 More Info

 

 

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

Thursday 28th June.


10.00 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 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.


Email info@solariscancercare.org.au or  phone 08 9384 3544 for further details

Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery Visit

28 Jun 2018 More Info

The ancient practice of Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga, and deals with holistic wellness through diet, cleansing techniques, herbs, massage, lifestyle, yoga, meditation and relaxation. Join experienced facilitator Cathy Brown on this journey into the culture and healing practices of stunning southern India.

 

When:

Date: October 27th - November 10th, 2018

 

For more information contact Cathy Brown at: Cathy@solariscancercare.org.au

Kerala Wellness Retreat

27 Oct 2018 More Info