Welcome to the Wellness Centre
Wellness Centre at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre provides a relaxed, comfortable environment for cancer patients to access the latest information, advice and evidence-based complementary and allied health therapies. As a St Vincent’s patient, you have access to world class treatments and expert specialists who are dedicated to guiding you through your care.
Wellness Centre forms part of TKCC’s integrative medicine approach which addresses the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness, with due respect for the human capacity for healing and the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Connection of the mind and body is important and a focus of the Centre.
Our Wellness Therapies are offered by highly experienced practitioners as an adjunct to conventional medicine, where there is open communication between all care providers and the patient; an environment where patient choice and quality of life is paramount.
Our FREE group Wellness Programs facilitated by experts in therapeutic psychotherapy, health and wellness and are held regularly throughout the year and are available free of charge to all patients.
We are your specialists in supportive cancer care at diagnosis, during treatment, into survivorship and beyond and we look forward to welcoming you.
Wellness Centre is located Level 4 of TKCC
Phone: +61 2 9359 8071
Hours of Operation
Reception: Monday – Thursday 9am-3pm
Appointments: Monday – Thursday 8am-6pm
Wellness Centre is closed Fridays
Treatment Fees and Rebates
Fees apply to all Wellness Centre therapies, however if you are experiencing financial hardship, please talk to us about how we may assist you to access treatments. Please contact us for information on current treatment fees. Private health fund rebates apply (except Medibank Private & HCF for Oncology Massage). Medicare rebates apply for Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology under a GP Management Plan.
Gift Vouchers Available
A Wellness Centre Gift Voucher is the perfect idea for a friend or loved one undergoing cancer treatment. Please contact us to for information or to purchase.
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All therapies offered at the Wellness Centre are evidence-based and are proven to be safe for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Our Therapies are designed to be used alongside conventional cancer treatments (eg. chemotherapy and radiotherapy) and are integrated into your complete care.
All Wellness Centre therapies are open to patients, as well as partners, carers and family members. We understand the stress associated with caring for a loved one undergoing cancer treatment and are here to support you throughout.
Individually prescribed Exercise Physiology programs assist in relieving the side effects of cancer treatment and focus on regaining strength, protecting bone density and maintaining muscle mass. An Exercise Physiology assessment is recommended for all patients at the time of diagnosis, in order to obtain the best results during treatment and beyond.
- Anna-Louise Moule and Sarah O’Hara are our Accredited Exercise Physiologists.
- Exercise Physiology appointments are available Mondays and Thursdays.
Lymphoedema Management and Physiotherapy play a key role in the multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. Treatment focuses on the early identification, management and rehabilitation of physical and functional impairments during and after cancer treatment.
- Orsi Kokai is our Physiotherapy and Lymphoedema Therapist.
- Physiotherapy appointments are available Wednesdays.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective therapy that can accessed at any time throughout treatment to minimise side effects, and after treatment to support recovery. Acupuncture works on all systems of the body, making it an excellent therapy for many conditions. The needles used are extremely fine, causing little to no discomfort.
- Susan Gallagher is our Acupuncturist.
- Acupuncture appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Oncology Massage takes into consideration the physical changes that occur in the body during and after cancer treatment. The massage is modified to be safe at all stages of your treatment and recovery. It is deeply relaxing and nurturing.
- Rebecca Della-Franca is our Massage Therapist.
- Oncology Massage is available Mondays and Wednesdays.
The Wellness Centre offers FREE Group Wellness Programs to our patients throughout the year. These Programs allow some time out from your treatment schedule, as well as teaching valuable skills that can be used in everyday life. Please contact us to enquire about the current Wellness Program schedule.
No previous experience is necessary to join in. We welcome beginners!
Meditation & Mindfulness
The FREE Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness Program runs for 8 weeks, three times each year in a small group setting, introducing the participants to the foundations of practice. Each week, the group explore a theme and practice techniques to support wellbeing. Groups are limited to 20 participants and registration is open to patients only. Groups are run three times per year.
- Sam Davis is our Meditation Facilitator.
In FREE monthly workshops, the process of joyful art making is explored using a range of mediums such as paint, clay, collage and textiles. Art Therapy offers a creative, safe and nurturing way to express feelings, reduce stress and build self-esteem. Workshops are limited to 12 participants and registration is open to patients only. Workshops are run monthly.
- Fiona Fitzpatrick is our Art Therapist.
Yoga Therapy can assist with many of the symptoms of cancer treatment including fatigue, low mood, insomnia and stress. In this FREE six week program, you will be guided through gentle movements, simple breathing and relaxation exercises. Groups are limited to 15 participants allowing for individual instruction and registration is open to patients only.
Groups are run four times per year.
- Vikki Cleary is our Yoga Therapist.
Our FREE Wellness Programs have been made possible through fundraising via the
Dry July Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge their ongoing support.