Supporting Tasmanians living with cancer

A NEW oncology massage service is now available at Cancer Council Tasmania (CCT) thanks to a $5000 Community Grant from Aurora Energy.

Aurora Energy funded the purchase of a specialised oncology massage table through its inaugural community grants program.

The massage table and related accessories were unveiled at CCT’s new premisis in Hobart last month.

Massage therapist Atholl Reid said the grant would allow many more people to experience the benefits of oncology massage.

“Research carried out at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York has shown that oncology massage delivered by a trained therapist can improve the quality of life for people living with a history or diagnosis of cancer,” he said.

“Oncology massage can lead to benefits of improved relaxation, sleep and immune function, as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea.”

CCT client Maria Flynn was one of the first recipients of the specialised massage service.

“l found the massage extremely relaxing on both an emotional and physical level,” she said.

“As I lay on the table my stress dissolved away and I felt relaxed and ready to take on the rest of the day.”

The grant complements Aurora Energy’s existing partnership with CCT, which offers financial assistance to customers undergoing treatment for cancer.

CCT chief executive officer Penny Egan said for many people a cancer diagnosis was life changing, and if it wasn’t for the support of organisations like Aurora Energy, many patients’ lives would not be as comfortable.

“Cancer patients undergoing treatment are often highly stressed, anxious and suffering debilitating side effects,” she said.

“We’re very appreciative of the way Aurora Energy is supporting our clients to alleviate some of the emotional, physical and financial stress caused by their cancer diagnosis.”

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos said nearly nine Tasmanians were diagnosed with cancer each day, which made Cancer Council’s work in Tasmania vital to the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Our partnership with CCT has assisted 220 customers living with a cancer diagnosis since its inception in early 2017,” she said.

“We’re committed to assisting Tasmanians both directly and indirectly to help reduce disadvantage and build capability and capacity in our communities.

“It is without any doubt that our relationship with Cancer Council Tasmania does exactly that.”

Aurora Energy’s next round of Community Grants is now open.

For more information or to apply, visit auroraenergy.com.au/about/community

Caption: From left, Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive officer Penny Egan, oncology massage therapist Atholl Reid and Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos.