Nowra Register
28 Jan, 2008

Community worker Dee Carrington was named the Shoalhaven’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year at a ceremony at the Nowra Showground on Saturday. Also at the ceremony, musician Bernadette Morrison was named the Shoalhaven’s Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year. Mrs Carrington won the award for her tireless leadership of the Milton Ulladulla Cancer Outpatients Appeal for the Milton Hospital. The cancer centre will be opened this year after four-and-half years of fundraising. Mrs Carrington was stunned when her name was read out during Saturday’s ceremony and said she was overwhelmed to get such an award.

“It was such a terrific feeling and it makes you feel really great,” Mrs Carrington said.

Mrs Carrington said she would be sharing the award with the greater community. “I belong to a great community and from day one of this appeal there has been a great all round effort from everyone,” Mrs Carrington said. “This award also belongs to everyone who has helped with the appeal.”

Led by Mrs Carrington, the community raised about $500 000 and the centre will open by late March or early April. The centre will progressively provide chemotherapy, consulting rooms for use by visiting specialists and palliative care specialists, psychosocial support services,


Cancer library open to all

08 Oct, 2008 01:20 PM

A cancer resources library is now open to all members of the community.

The library, situated within the new Milton Ulladulla Community Cancer Services Centre beside Milton Hospital, is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.

The Cancer Services Centre has been providing chemotherapy services for patients in the local community since its opening on August 1 this year.

Those wishing to use the library can phone administration officer Andrea Wilford on 4454 9164.

“Anyone can access the library,” Andrea explained.

“Whether you are a carer, patient, parent, recently diagnosed or just need to get your hands on some information, the library is available to the community.

“We have booklets on many aspects of cancer, along with a range of books that can be borrowed,” she said.



Big day nears for new clinic

07 May, 2008 10:25 AM

AFTER four and a half years of intensive community fundraising, the big day is drawing near when the Milton Ulladulla Community Cancer Services Centre will open its doors.

And the Appeal committee is planning to mark the occasion by inviting everyone to a preview series of community open days.

"We have received many positive comments about how good the centre looks from the outside," Appeal president Dee Carrington told the Times this week.


Minister no help - Funds still tied up

14 Jun, 2006 10:04 AM

Despite a number of letters and emails from concerned residents the New South Wales Minister for Health John Hatzistergos has offered little help to the Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

The Appeal is calling for more than $300,000 of community money, raised for the construction of a cancer clinic in Milton, to be returned to the committee by the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health Service.

2UE's John Laws interviewed the minister on June 6 about the community money and according to Appeal president Dee Carrington Mr Hatzistergos said he didn't know the details relating to the issue.

"The NSW Health Minister said on the radio that he didn't know the details about the SESIAHS refusing to return more than $300,000 raised by the community," Mrs Carrington said.

"This is despite a number of letters and emails being sent in the past six weeks.

"I would suggest that more people need to send the minister letters and emails with their concerns so he can get up-to-date with what is happening."

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock accused the minister of offering no assistance to the Appeal.

"John Laws interviewed the NSW Health Minister John Hatzistergos who by his own admission didn't even know if the account the money was being held in was earning interest," Mrs Hancock said.

"He failed to offer any real assistance."



First sod to be turned tomorrow

27 Jun, 2007 12:15 PM

Doctor's vision for cancer clinic comes to fruition

WHAT started as a Milton doctor's vision will come to fruition tomorrow with a sod-turning ceremony marking the commencement of the Milton cancer clinic.

Three years ago Doctor Brett Thomson mooted the idea for a cancer facility next to Milton Hospital to reduce the stress and travel burden on local cancer patients.

Today he pays tribute to a community that has taken his idea and run with it.

"This project provides a powerful endorsement of a community getting off its butt and getting its hands dirty.

"Whether it was a function, a raffle ticket, an auction or just turning up to a meeting to show we meant business, the community never faltered," Dr Thomson said.

Federal Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash will don the spade at tomorrow's 'ground breaking' ceremony and luncheon which will be attended by representatives of community groups that have thrown their support behind the Cancer Outpatients Appeal.