What has been achieved


  • 4 September 2006 – 1st Public Meeting Held
    Liz Plummer spoke as a cancer patient reiterating the plight of cancer patients in the Far North. Charles Woodward called for the formation of COUCH – Committee for Oncology Unit Cairns Hospital.
  • 29 November 2006 – 2nd Public Meeting Held
    Meeting updated everyone on the progress of COUCH.
  • 9 February 2007Cairns COUCH Ltd was registered as a public company.
  • 5 March 2007 -3rd Public Meeting Held
    Liz Plummer spoke and shared her journey with everyone and four Sub committees were formed: Support, Fundraising, Public Relations and Retreat.
  • September 2007
    Cairns Cancer Crusade Fundraising Walk and submission sent to Hon. Tony Abbott Minister for Health & Ageing regarding the needs for Radiation Oncology services in Cairns.
  • October 2007
    The Federal Government gives their commitment of $8.3 million.
  • 26 January 2008
    COUCH Committee awarded Australia Day Citizen Award by Cairns Regional Council.
  • January 2009
    Premier Anna Bligh announces Radiation oncology and cancer care unit will be built at Cairns Base Hospital due to open in 2012.
  • November 2009
    COUCH and FNQHF purchase an Endobronchial Ulstrasound (EBUS) Machine.
  • 24 June 2010
    Woodward family donates 2.1 hectares of land to COUCH for a Cancer Help & Wellness Centre.
  • October 2010
    COUCH funds purchase a two Lymphatic Mapping Probes for Cairns Hospital.
  • February 2011
    Cairns Regional Council approves the sub-division of 100/114 Reservoir Road.
  • June 2011
    COUCH purchases a shuttle bus to transport patients between departments at the Cairns Base Hospital.
  • October 2011
    Official opening of the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre.
  • July 2013
    Purchase of a Bioimpedence spectroscopy device and two laser therapy units (L-Dex Machines).
  • March 2014
    Cancer Help & Wellness Centre Stage 1 Roadworks complete.
  • October 2015
    COUCH and FNQHF purchase of a PET-CT Scanner for Cairns Hospital.


What’s next for COUCH?

Fundraising and seeking government support for the construction of the Cancer Help & Wellness Centre.

The design allows one pavilion to be built at a time as funds are raised.

COUCH will then expand the COUCH Health Precinct to cater for other health needs and charities and incorporate a commercial precinct as a future income source.

We need your help to make this vision a reality so please support COUCH.

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