Working together as one
Strengthening relationships with other industry members is important for any organisation to remain vital and grow. The Leukaemia Foundation continues to build on core relationships and seeks to forge new ones to increase support for people with blood cancer.
In 2011–12 we worked with a number of prominent organisations, discussing new ideas and ways to make life easier for people dealing with blood cancer, such as better accommodation, more accessible information and the creative use of the latest digital technology.
Hospital Allied Accommodation Australia
The Leukaemia Foundation is represented on the steering committee of a national collaborative of health charities that specialise in providing accommodation for regional patients who need to relocate to access healthcare. The Hospital Allied Accommodation Australia (HAAA) is dedicated to increasing and improving accommodation for this group of people through research, information sharing and advocacy. The other members of HAAA include: Cancer Council, Ronald McDonald House, and CanAssist.
National Myeloma Day provides an opportunity for the Leukaemia Foundation and the Myeloma Foundation to work together on education events for patients and their loved ones in the three states in which the Myeloma Foundation operates. Both organisations understand the importance of coming together to create better outcomes for Australians with myeloma. This year more than 600 people attended our National Myeloma Day
information sessions in May.
Alfred Hospital project – Positive Change for Life
The Leukaemia Foundation has been invited to work with the Late Effects Clinic at The Alfred Hospital on a new project called Positive Change for Life. The project, funded by Victoria’s Department of Health, aims to help people who have had a stem cell transplant to take an active role in their ongoing physical and emotional healing beyond their treatment.
Cancer Research Leadership Forum
The Cancer Research Leadership Forum (CLRF) is made up of national cancer organisations that fund cancer research. One of CLRF’s main initiatives is to facilitate development of a national cancer research plan to streamline and improve cancer research funding, and create greater impact for people affected by cancer. The Leukaemia Foundation is one of seven members of CLRF.
Australian Homestay Network
The Leukaemia Foundation identified that the need for accommodation for regional patients undergoing treatment in the cities far outweighs the resources available. A possible solution was to develop a billeting service, where people in the city could host patients for the duration of their treatment. To achieve this, the Foundation contacted the leading provider of Homestay services in Australia – the Australian Homestay Network – to help develop a health-specific accommodation service. This new service will be called HealthStay and will commence in 2013.
University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle and the Leukaemia Foundation are working together on a research project to identify the benefits of using iPad apps to educate people with blood cancer about their illness, treatments, side effects, and how to live well with their disease. Leukaemia Foundation volunteers have been recruited and trained to work with patients in hospital waiting rooms to show them the technology and recruit interested people to the study.
TOLL distributed the World’s Greatest Shave, Mining and Energy and Crazy Hair Day kits to sites and schools throughout Western Australia. TOLL’s introduction to our team of new systems allowed for the efficient dispatch of packages and speedy direct delivery to our Shavers. The ease and speed of this process further enhanced our positive relationships with the hundreds of teams involved in the challenges, who helped us to achieve our $2.8 million total for WA.
The Leukaemia Foundation has formed a collaborative partnership with Murcotts to provide quality training and education to the Victorian Patient Transport Program volunteers. Murcotts achieved a contract under the Victorian Government’s Training Guarantee to deliver government subsidised training to community volunteer drivers through a State and Federal government initiative, and provides the training at no cost to the Foundation. This collaboration will provide driver training and development modules to the 90 regular volunteer drivers based in Melbourne.