Our Programs

At The Living Centre our professional and experienced team is constantly developing our comprehensive range of services, some of which are detailed below. Each program or service is designed with care and sensitivity to the needs of breast cancer patients and many of our services are not available elsewhere in the healthcare system or at other support centres.

 

Breast Care Nurse Private Consultation

Our Breast Care Nurses are highly qualified and experienced nurses who are specifically trained to assist and support breast cancer patients. Their approach is always sensitive to and respectful of the client and they provide high quality counselling and general advice to assist each client through the challenges of their diagnosis and treatment. They also help clients to navigate through the health care system to obtain better outcomes.

Accommodation

The Living Centre also offers a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment on site at 390 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The apartment is available to eligible VPTAS (Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme) regional patients requiring treatment in Melbourne. Patients must have a mobile phone and be accompanied by a family member or carer.

Wig Salon

At The Living Centre we have a dedicated group of Peer Support Volunteers, who are women who have had breast cancer and wish to help those currently going through the journey. Many of these Peer Support Volunteers have been trained by organisations such as The Cancer Council Victoria and are able to provide hope, understanding and practical advice based on their own experiences to breast cancer patients.

Wig Fitting Sessions

Days of Indulgence

This is The Living Centre’s signature pampering program for those undergoing breast cancer treatment which provides a calming and relaxing day of activities including massage, art therapy, nail and beauty services. Clients also get the opportunity to meet and share stories with other women who may be experiencing a similar journey and many attendees describe this day as ‘transformational’.

Upcoming Sessions

Support Groups

The Living Centre offers monthly support groups including:

Second Hope Support Group for women with metastatic breast cancer

50 Plus Support Group for women over 50

Pink Sisters Support Group for women under 50

Beyond Pink Support Group designed to help support women once treatment has ended

New clients are always welcome.

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Supporting Blokes

Having a partner who is diagnosed with breast cancer can have an impact on relationships and the family unit. The Living Centre offers male partners and male carers a chance to meet, share their experiences, learn coping strategies and gather information that enables a better journey through breast cancer for themselves and their partner.

Thanks to the generosity of the Freemasons Foundation of Victoria Ltd and their Community Grants program we are pleased to be launching this program in key regional areas of Victoria.

Upcoming Sessions

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is available to clients who would like to explore something that is important to them through using a sensory and creative approach. Art Therapy sessions offer a combined relaxation, meditation and art experience that assists clients to express thoughts and feelings and nurture the whole self. An experienced Art Therapist facilitates the session and encourages anyone who is interested in exploring important personal issues in a creative and interactive way to join in this session.

Upcoming Sessions

Getting back to work

The Living Centre offers one day workshops that are facilitated by a qualified psychologist to assist clients who are transitioning back into the workforce and helping them identify what they want from life and redefining what their ‘normal’ life may look like.

Yoga,Tai Chi and Meditation

We offer a range of different yoga, tai chi, meditation and relaxation classes, for patients to regain strength, relieve symptoms and gain confidence through an array of different classes. These classes help to calm the mind and relax the body and are aimed at those who are experiencing anxiety sleep interruptions associated with breast cancer treatment.

Upcoming Programs

Managing Hair Loss

A practical and interactive workshop with tips from the experts on wearing and maintaining wigs, head wraps and scarves, managing eyebrow and eyelash loss and dealing with skin changes after breast cancer treatment.

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