Welcome to the “BAT Cave”! Yes, our hard working Bloomhill Advancement Team now has a home they can call their own and it’s all thanks to our amazing community.

Our newest office at the Bloomhill Wellness Centre is located underneath our therapy rooms. Previously a storage shed, it has now been converted into an amazing office space for our advancement, events and public relations staff members.

Bloomhill is very conscious that every dollar is precious so where possible, we seek support from the local business community to provide discounted or in-kind goods and services so that we can redirect income to where it matters most – towards our clients. Without this incredible support we could not do what we do.

The transformation began on our inaugural Annual Giving Day, June 21, when a team of volunteers from AIRBIZ spent most of the afternoon (and evening!) building the structure for the space. The team put in all the stud walls, insulation, cladding and ceiling. Father and son team Bruce and Jeremy Wetton then donated a full day of skilled trade labour to take over the baton passed by the team.

Bruce from Bruce’s Carpentry drove all the way down from Tin Can Bay to lend a hand towards Bloomhill’s office project. A local to Buderim, Jeremy, (also the husband of one of our staff) was only too willing to help out. They completed the insulation, gyprocking, skirtings, cladding and locks.

The need for this office was two-fold, borne out of the need to move staff to a new space (we are bursting at the seams in our wellness centre!) and also to allow the creation of assessment rooms for our new integrated oncology GP clinic/centre to meet growth in demand for our Wellness-Survivor Centre services. Until the giving day, this project had been sidelined due to a lack of funds to purchase materials or to be able to hire skilled labour to get the job done.

Thanks to funds raised during the June Be There for Bloomhill campaign earmarked for the clinic, we can now make it a reality!

Once the ball got rolling, everything started to fall into place. Very much a case of “if we build it they will come!”

We are also immensely grateful to our maintenance coordinator Glen Decker for tirelessly supervising and working on this project, ably assisted by one of our amazing volunteers Richard. The dynamic duo painted the office and also have been busy building a privacy screen outside the door and some steps to provide easier access from the reception car park.

In Glen’s words:

“A big thank you to Peter Pallot and his crew from AIRBIZ for providing the man-power and materials for the construction of our new office space. Peter and the crew were a delight to work with, with Peter providing the planning and direction for his team. The AIRBIZ crew were enthusiastic and professional in their endeavours and their assistance in the refurbishment program is greatly appreciated”.  

Fitting out the office interior also happened thanks to amazing community support! All materials and labour for the fit-out was provided either as a full donation or at significant discount to Bloomhill.

Our thanks to:

  • Sunshine Coast Flooring Xtra – carpets and blinds and installation
  • Maxi Cable Electrical Contractors – electrical fit out
  • The Good Guys Kawana – discounted air conditioner
  • Karen Wiggins – Office supplies, computer screens and 2 office chairs
  • All Computer Services – installation of computers, phones and printer
  • Tresco Pty Ltd (Trevor and Scott) – for installing the air conditioner
  • Russell and the team from our Distribution Centre – delivering the donated furniture

Establishing this new office space now allows the ability to create the Bloomhill Integrated Oncology Clinic. This clinic is provided by our specialist GP, Dr Kasia.

The holistic approach to patient care has been recognised as more effective for healing than focusing on the illness itself. Holistic/Integrative cancer care is a growing and much needed discipline

 Dr Kasia is an Australian trained GP with over 16 years post-graduate experience. She has a deep passion for and commitment to the holistic approach to care of patients with cancer.

Integrative oncology is a patient-centred, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilises mind and body practices, natural products and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments.

“My belief is to use all the evidence based available treatment modalities for cancer care, including conventional and complementary,” she said.

“I have experience with the entire spectrum of cancer care from prevention, to diagnosis, remission, recurrence and palliation. Survivorship is an important aspect of cancer care and will be explored with patients. Bloomhill has introduced Survivorship workshops to address this need.”

Clinical Services Manager Trish Wilson says: “I am thrilled to be able to expand our services to meet a very real need in our community by providing an evidence-based integrative oncology service to support people to live well with cancer.”

“As we know, many people use diet and complimentary therapies to assist their well-being, but so often are using product or making dietary changes without adequate qualified information and support. 

“At times this can actually be detrimental, therefore being able to offer this service will further enhance the lives of people living with cancer on the Sunshine Coast.”

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If you would like to join Bloomhill’s Community Give Back program please contact Sarah Wetton or Nikki Firmin at the Centre on 5445 5794 – ask for our Advancement Team.