Cancer Council NSW recently launched its Beat Cancer @ Work program in the Upper Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and Central West regions.
The expansion of the free program was made possible through a $33,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to purchase a vehicle dedicated to delivering the program throughout regional NSW.
Operating as a pilot program for the past 12 months in the Lower Hunter, Beat Cancer @ Work delivers 15-minute talks, as well as education resources to businesses, community groups, and service clubs to help educate organisations, managers, and workers on how to reduce the risk of cancer.
Cancer Council NSW’s Community Programs Coordinator, Glen Parsons welcomed the expansion of the program to widen the delivery footprint.
“The information we deliver through Beat Cancer @ Work is potentially life-saving as there are many thousands of Australians diagnosed with some form of cancer every year,” Glen said.
“The impact on the person, families, carers, and communities is significant; so providing workplace education simply makes great sense.
“This grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation means we’re no longer restricted to delivering the program to the Lower Hunter. We can now share the Beat Cancer @ Work message to communities and speak to workers about the importance of cancer prevention.”
To date, 55 businesses and 5,000 workers in the Hunter and Central Coast regions have participated in the program.
This is expected to significantly increase as the program continues to roll out through the regions with the dedicated vehicle.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s Chair, Phil Neat said the program was virtually unique because it delivered vital cancer prevention information to employees in their workplace.
“What was really appealing about this program was its special ability to engage with both employers and employees,” Phil said.
“This is an important program. When a cancer diagnosis is provided, it can sometimes be an information overload for everyone involved. The Charitable Foundation Board is delighted that this grant enables more workers to participate in the program.”
The Beat Cancer @ Work program provides workers and their workplaces with guidance and information for when they find themselves in the situation of being diagnosed, or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. This program can offer information about the Cancer Council’s free transport-to-treatment services, home help services and legal and financial assistance programs.
The talks delivered cover three main areas – informing people about cancer and the work of Cancer Council NSW; information on preventing cancers; and an overview of the supportive care measures Cancer Council offers patients, their families and carers.
IMAGE |The launch of the new Beat Cancer @ Work vehicle.