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A new entity is established to streamline cancer support organisations in Western Australia

Background: The Cancer Wellness Centre was established in 2012 to streamline a fragmented array of established Western Australian-based cancer support organisations for tenancy purposes and to confer lasting benefit to the economic and social development of Western Australia. The National Trust of Australia (Western Australia) had secured a substantial investment from Lotterywest to redevelop its Wanslea House in Cottesloe for a consortium of cancer support organisations. The Trust wanted to engage with a single entity, rather than multiple tenants and so initiated the establishment of the Cancer Wellness Centre. At the same time, it was recognised that a single entity could assist the members to achieve greater benefits by facilitating collaborative projects and providing shared professional and administrative services to optimise members’ efficiency.

Approach: CIS was engaged by the National Trust of Australia (Western Australia) over a five-year period to support the establishment of the Cancer Wellness Centre. Services included assisting members re-locate to the Wanslea site and securing approximately $2 million to invest in furniture and fittings, ICT, website development and marketing activities. CIS also worked with the Cancer Wellness Centre and its members on strategic and business planning activities; developing grant applications; governance activities; and reporting.

Results: After five years the Cancer Wellness Centre’s members had increased the number of people supported by 422%, with 12,922 Western Australians receiving services in 2015/16. This increase also captured significant growth in the number of regional Western Australians supported, which increased by 477% over the 5 years.

The successful transformation of Wanslea into the Cancer Wellness Centre was recognised with the prestigious Gerry Gauntlet Award at the 2015 WA Heritage Awards held in Perth. Wanslea was described by the judges as ‘a very good community-based project and an example of current best practice conservation methods, processes and procedures coming together and achieving a functional and economically sustainable outcome’.

Key Words: grant applications and capital sourcing