CAN GIVE DAY will help a growing number of people in our community overcome hardship or distress caused by illness, disability or injury. What is funded comes directly by request to Canberra Hospital Foundation from the medical professionals on the frontline, those who have the greatest understanding of patient needs.

Research program – Ovarian Cancer

Help fund ovarian cancer research. Currently, despite surgery and platinum based first line chemotherapy around 80% women with advanced cancer have re-occurrence that is ultimately fatal. This study explores the potential benefit of two novel biological agents.


in total funding needed to support the study until completion

Robot-Assisted Rehabilitation

Development of Robot-Assisted-Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra Hospital to treat stroke and neurological disease and injury including brain and spinal cord injuries. There is a significant body of high-quality evidence showing robot-assisted rehabilitation can improve both arm function and the walking function of people following a stroke.


to fund Arm and Reaching Rehabilitation Suite

Astodia Transilluminator

The transilluminator assists with locating veins particularly in young children. It makes it possible to routinely use transillumination for difficult-to-visualise vascular conditions.


Purposeful Walking Garden

A well-designed walking garden is an environment for patients with cognitive impairment including dementia. These gardens are widely recognised as promoting independence and wellbeing.

This garden would provide meaningful activity such as gardening, watering, sweeping. It also provides an opportunity for socialisation and sensory stimulation. All proven to be beneficial for rehabilitation and recovery.

Stage one completed.


of additional funding needed for completion of next stages and to finalise garden.

Wellbeing Centre

The Wellbeing Centre within the Canberra Region Cancer Centre will support people (and their families and friends) undergoing active cancer treatment within the ACT.

Programs will include exercise physiology, group exercise and relaxation classes, art and music therapy, mindfulness, nutrition and cooking, caring for others with cancer and Look Good, Feel Better.

Central to the Wellbeing Centre will be a social hub which connects people with cancer with a range of support and advocacy groups who can help make living with cancer that much easier.

$80,000 p.a. to support ongoing programs

Interactive play therapy online lessons

Music and Drama group classes for young paediatric patients and Creative Engagement & Ukulele Classes for adolescent patients delivered via interactive online lessons. A wonderful way to safely provide long-term patients with an enjoyable interactive experience while they are hospitalised and feeling isolated during COVID-19.


Play therapy app

Help fund a play therapy app designed to promote engagement in play and playful ways to manage unique challenges faced by sick children on a daily basis.

The idea was sparked by the current challenges caused by COVID-19, the app would have a positive impact on our paediatric patients well beyond COVID-19.

$50,000 to develop design concept and functional prototype

Cuddle Bed for Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support

The Cuddle Bed enables connection between a patient at end of life and their close family member. It enables the family member to lie next to the patient. This reduces the physical barrier and can help patients reconnect both physically and emotionally.


Samaritan Fund

The Samaritan Fund offers dignity, comfort and care. This program supports patients who during their stay in hospital or on discharge do not have clean or warm clothing in their possession for reasons such as homelessness, forensic examinations required at time of admission or their clothing is soiled or damaged due to accident or nature of injury..

$10,000 p.a.