You Can Around Australia – Update
You Can is Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program which is closing the gap in care that currently exists for 15-25 year old patients through the establishment of much-needed, specialised, age-appropriate You Can youth cancer centres.
Through the building of age-appropriate, specialised You Can Centres, You Can aims to ensure Australian adolescent and young adult patients are given the best possible environment in which to overcome their cancer diagnosis and to continue pursuing their goals after diagnosis and treatment.
Sony Foundation has committed $1.5 million to build the Sydney You Can Centre, at the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital. The Centre, currently under construction, will provide world-class facilities, services and treatment for adolescent and young adult patients from across NSW.
SYDNEY YOU CAN CENTRE
Phase 1: You Can Clinical Spaces Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre
STATUS: Operational since March 2017
A designated chemotherapy bay enables young people aged 15-25 years to be treated alongside each other and an additional recovery space in the radiation area will provide a haven following treatment, accessible only by their peers.
Phase 2: You Can Centre
STATUS: Open late 2018
A world class Survivorship Centre at Prince of Wales Hospital will provide health and wellness spaces and services for cancer survivors. The Sydney You Can Centre will encompass the entire ground floor of the building, offering young people a huge communal lounge room, music room and recreational room, a kitchen/café area and study area. The Centre will also have a multifunctional spaces for yoga, art and private counselling.
The Sydney You Can Centre will become a place where young people can go to escape the clinical areas, seek peer support and access survivorship programs to support their entry back into everyday life.
SYDNEY YOU CAN ONCOFERTILITY CENTRE
Status: Funding of $400,000 towards free fertility preservation services for Youth Cancer patients at the new Fertility & Research Centre, The Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick. Projected opening in Q3 2018.
YOU CAN CONNECT – www.youcan.org.au
Status: Funding to build online networking and peer support platform, You Can Connect to reach every young cancer patient across Australia regardless of their proximity to a You Can Centre.
PERTH YOU CAN CENTRE
Status: Donation of $1.8 million. Complete and fully operational You Can Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Opened in 2013
MELBOURNE YOU CAN CENTRE
Status: Donation of $1.5 million. Complete and fully operational You Can Centre at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Opened in 2016
SYDNEY YOU CAN CENTRE
Status: Commitment of $1.5 million. Building in progress at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Projected opening in Q4 2018.
BRISBANE YOU CAN CENTRE
Status: To be announced March 2018