Healthcare design, music therapy and Sydney landmarks | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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From discussing the role of good design in healthcare, to hearing the difference that music therapy has made in one young patient’s life, here’s what you might have heard about Lifehouse in the news this month:

  • Five years after the opening of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Hospital and Healthcare Magazine checked in on the impact of patient-centred design in healing.
  • Co-authored by Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Doctor Steven Kao, a new study tests the effects of innovative immunotherapy drugs in treating aggressive small cell lung cancer.
  • NSW Senator Arthur Sinodinos visited to announce an MRI licence for Lifehouse, as reported by the Central Sydney newspaper. The licence means that patients will soon be able to receive an MRI, a valuable diagnostic tool, right here at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
  • On April 11, exercise physiologist Michael Marthick appeared on Radio 2GB news talking about the role of exercise physiologists in cancer care.
  • From dealing with Centrelink to moving back in with her parents, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patient and journalist Becca Leaver recalls the financial stress involved in being diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age.
  • Diagnosed with soft-tissue sarcoma at age 23, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patient Laura Opie tells The Australian of her relief to discover that many of her treatment costs are covered under Medicare, including fertility-preserving egg retrieval and storage.
  • As new evidence finds that exercise is a vital part of cancer treatment and recovery, exercise physiologist Michael Marthick chats with the Central Sydney newspaper about the importance of his role in the multidisciplinary team.
  • Coonabarabran woman Jane McWhirter is inspired to raise money for a palliative care facility for her local hospital after her husband was treated for cancer at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Meanwhile, healthcare services in rural areas are failing, says ABC News.
  • The organisers of the Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival recalls funds raised for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in past years.
  • If you were listening to Drive with Richard Glover on Wednesday, you might have heard mention of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and all the different ways patients can take their mind off treatment during their stay. Listen back at 2h 8m 17s for interviews with patient advocate Gail O’Brien and patient David Smiedt, as well a very touching song written by young sarcoma patient James, with the help of music therapist Jack Thomas. You can also read the article in full here.
  • Sydney Mum Kylie Cilek is raising funds to travel to the US for potentially lifesaving clinical trials, reports the Northern District Times.
  • And finally, patient and self-described ‘couch potato’ Gail Nason learns the value of exercise during five years of cancer treatment, on PH News.

Image credit: ABC Radio Sydney, Dayvis Heyne.

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