The SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre is a purpose built drop-in centre offering support to all cancer patients and their carers in Western Australia. It is at the forefront of integrating touch-based complementary therapies into mainstream healthcare in both public and private hospitals.
The Centre has information on accommodation, various forms of cancer, links to local and national support groups. The Centre also has links to Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia and Curtin University for recruiting patients into their research programs, and is presently conducting its own collaborative research with ECU into Quality of Life Outcomes and Symptom Control for cancer patients.
The Centre also provides a ‘listening ear’ and access to supervised complementary therapies that do not conflict with mainstream treatments. The services are provided through its volunteer program. Approximately 150 people per week access Centre services.
SolarisCare aims to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and carers by giving them the support they require to cope with the emotional and physical side effects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. A purpose built drop-in centre provides a safe place to reflect and have time-out. Trained volunteers provide information, links to other support groups, a ‘listening ear’ and complementary therapies. Since 2001, the SolarisCare Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. Its innovative approach to supportive care has been influential in changing the face of cancer care in Western Australia.
Vision and Mission
The Centre will advance research to yield insight and tools derived from integrative mainstream and complementary medicines, working to benefit the health and well being of the public, while enabling an informed public to have more choices. The role of the Centre is to apply an uncompromising standard of excellence in research to healthcare practices derived from many rich traditions. We will employ the best of world practices for the conduct of science and management of research, training and relative activities. We are committed to the timely dissemination of research finding to the communities we serve. The Centre’s vision will be realised only by creating and sustaining close partnership across the spectrum of consumers, investigators, and health care providers, and by reaching out to diverse stakeholder groups for advice and exchange of information.
We are dedicated to exploring the benefits of integrating mainstream medicine and complementary therapies; using rigorous science; educating and training the Centre’s researchers; disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals for validation and expanding our knowledge; and optimising care of cancer and chronic illness.
Solaris Programs and Services
These therapies are provided by professional therapists who volunteer their time and skills every week. They are mostly touch- and counselling-based, and do not conflict with mainstream treatments.
- Beauty therapy
- Bowen therapy
- Breath for Health
- Chi breathing
- Chi meditation
- Creative visualisation
- Creative art therapy
- Healing touch
- Relaxation massage
- Pranic healing
- Sound and music therapy
- Tai chi
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Ground Floor, Block E
1 Hospital Ave
WA 6009, Australia
Located next to the Haematology Care Centre in Watling Street (opposite Newsagent/Chemist)
Any cancer patient in Western Australia, their immediate family and carers can avail themselves of services at SCGH, which is a public hospital. People using the services of the SCGH Centre don’t need to be patients at SCGH.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Phone: (+61) 8 9346 7631
Fax: (+61) 8 9346 3793
St John of God Hospital
12 Salvado Rd
WA 6008, Australia
Located next to the Jack Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre
The SJOG centre at Subiaco, a private hospital, is open only to patients at SJOG centre and their families and carers.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Phone: (+61) 8 9381 3097
Fax: (+61) 8 9388 9700