Project Vision

South Australia’s next generation of cancer action. 

Cancer Council SA’s new building will offer so much more than supportive accommodation. Our vision is to create a home for all South Australians impacted by cancer, bringing together research, prevention and support in one location to deliver a cancer free future.

Taking an integrated approach, the new facility will help ensure that we are there with the best care for every South Australian—every minute, every hour, every day—for generations to come. 

With your help, we will make sure that no one has to face a cancer diagnosis alone.

Cancer in South Australia. A growing concern.

Every day, 28 South Australians hear the words, “you have cancer.” Half of all South Australians will face a cancer diagnosis at some point during their lives. And the number of people diagnosed with cancer is increasing all the time. With 1.9 million Australians expected to have a personal history of cancer by 2040, the need for ongoing support for individuals impacted by cancer and their families is now more important than ever before.

Cancer is having a devastating effect on our local community. Five-year cancer survival rates are slowly improving – but cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in South Australia. Right now, it is still taking the lives of 10 South Australians every single day.

Regional disadvantage.

Almost one third of South Australians affected by cancer live in rural and regional areas, with South Australians more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis the further they live from a metropolitan area.

Why the inequality? Faced with the huge costs of travel and accommodation in the city, and the extra pressure it can place on families, those who do go to the city may end their treatment prematurely. It can have disastrous effects on their health and seriously affect their chances of survival.

On top of all that, leaving behind the familiarity of home—loved-ones, friends and much-loved pets—only adds to the sad and isolating journey of a cancer patient, and puts even more pressure on struggling families.

These combined economic and psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis are taking a huge toll on South Australians living in rural areas.

The Solution.

Cancer Council’s Flinders and Greenhill Lodge have been providing regional South Australians with subsidised accommodation for more than 30 years, however, these much-loved facilities are at the end of their working lives. They are becoming unsustainably costly to maintain and operate, and less fit for purpose as time goes on.

But we have a solution. We have identified a once in a lifetime opportunity to better serve all South Australians by replacing Flinders and Greenhill Lodge with a brand new facility that will take supportive patient care to the next level for this generation and the next.

Reducing the complications and financial strain that comes with relocating to the city for treatment helps more people get the best support and complete their treatment. And that helps to reduce the burden of cancer for more South Australians.

The Opportunity.

Our new facility will combine research, prevention, information and support services alongside a new benchmark 120-room supportive accommodation facility to deliver a cancer free future for all South Australians.

Taking an integrated approach, the new facility will be the next generation in South Australian cancer care and help even more people survive a cancer diagnosis, ensuring we are there with the best care for every South Australian—every minute of every hour of every day—for generations to come.

For more information on the project, including news, announcement and progress plans visit our News and Events section.

A Special Invitation

We are grateful for the support already shown by the South Australian community for this visionary new project. You can make a donation at any time HERE and we look forward to launching a very special community appeal later in the year.

We are also looking to partner with South Australian businesses and philanthropic organisations and have a number of opportunities to recognise your generosity. Visit the website HERE for more information and contact details.

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Cancer Council New Building FAQs

Will this build negatively impact your guests? How will you support those staying at the lodges during this process? 

Our supportive accommodation facilities at Greenhill Road and Dequetteville Terrace will continue to operate as normal throughout the build process, ensuring no disruption to services for regional and remote South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.

The project has a clear benefit to regional South Australians, but I’m unsure as to how this new building will support those impacted by cancer in metro South Australia?

The new building will be a home for all South Australians impacted by cancer, regardless of where they live. As well as 120 rooms of supportive accommodation, our new facility will bring together research, prevention and support in an integrated approach, making it the only dedicated cancer location in South Australia that combines all of these services and programs under one roof to reduce the burden of cancer in our community.  

Wouldn’t building at the old RAH site make more sense?

We chose to build on our current site at 202 Greenhill Road as it is close to Royal Adelaide Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital and main transport routes to the Northern and Southern suburbs. It also has access to local facilities with public transport, cafes and supermarkets located nearby.
Situated at the base of the freeway, the location of the building ensures country guests traveling to Adelaide for treatment don’t have to drive through the Adelaide CBD to arrive at their accommodation, minimising driving time and reducing stress.
The location also ensures lodge guests have access to large amounts of green space and fresh air due to the building proximity to the parklands, something our guests tell us is incredibly important for people travelling to Adelaide from regional South Australia.
Building at this location is also the most financially prudent option.

How much is the project costing in total?

The project will cost $31million dollars.

When will the build start and how long will it take?

The build will start in the first quarter of 2021 and we envisage that it will take approximately 14 months to complete.

How much are you hoping to raise through fundraising?

Our fundraising target is $5million.

I would like to make a donation in memory of someone. If I make a donation, is there an opportunity for me to publicly recognise a loved one?

When you make an investment of between $5,000 and $1million our Philanthropy Team will work with you to develop a special and meaningful way of honouring your generosity, such as having one of the new rooms named in honour or memory of a loved one.

I run my own business, can I donate items to the new building?

If you run your own business and want to donate items or products we ask that you contact our Philanthropy Team to discuss personalised ways you can show your support.