Cairns COUCH Cancer Wellness Centre

The COUCH Vision

The Woodward Family has donated land to COUCH on Reservoir road on which will be situated the Health Care Precinct. A quarter of this area will become the COUCH Wellness Centre.

The COUCH Wellness Centre will be set amongst the natural forest setting so as to give a tranquil, complete healing and wellness experience. It will be in a resort setting which will give patients, carers and the staff and volunteers a unique and rewarding experience.

What Is Wellness?

The World Health Organisation defines Wellness as:”A state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Wellness encompasses a holistic approach to health care and includes balancing the following dimensions of our lives:

  • Social and environmental
  • Occupational
  • Spiritual

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional dimensions

As patients with a life threatening illness face the consequences of that illness, they often express a need to balance the medical facets of their care with spiritual and emotional aspects in order to better cope with the disease. Patients involved in wellness programs learn new skills that help them to regain control of their lives, reduce feelings of isolation and restore hope, regardless of the stage of their disease. They become active participants in the journey of their illness.

The COUCH Wellness Centre is being built to care for all people affected by cancer.

This Includes

  • Patients
  • Survivors
  • Carers & Family

Proposed facilities, treatments and services


  • Education – Living with cancer
  • Benefits / Subsidies – Availability and how to access
  • Support / Family / Carers
  • Services availability / Information

  • Stress Reduction
  • Social / Spiritual
  • Bereavement


  • Personal training
  • Assessment
  • Gym


Nutrition / diet

Mind therapies

  • Relaxation
  • Meditation / Tranquillity
  • Yoga / Tai Chi / Reiki etc


Look good and feel better

  • Personal appearance
  • Hair dressing

Other activities

  • Art Therapy
  • Aromatherapy

  • Music Therapy
  • Gardening and Green Therapy

Proposed buildings and use

No. Building type Facilities and uses
1(a) Main Building Lobby, Reception, Waiting Room, Offices, Meeting Room and Amenities
1(b) Main Building (above) Staff Room, Caretaker Flat
2. Pavilion Café and Dining
3. Open-sided Pavilion Reflection and meditation
4. Pavilion Look good and feel better area
5. Pavilion Meeting Room
6. Pavilion Internet and Library
7. Pavilion Gymnasium and Activities
8. Pavilion Remedial and Massage
9. Pavilion Amenities and Change Rooms
10. Pool Pool and Children’s Playround, BBQ Area
11. Pagoda Children’s Activities
12. Shed Maintenance and Storeroom

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