The history of Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better began in the USA in 1989. A health professional working with a cancer patient who felt so depressed and self-conscious she wouldn’t leave her hospital room approached the president of the Personal Care Products Council to organise a makeover for her.

The physical and emotional change in the patient was so profound that it became clear there was a need for a service that could be offered to all cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

One year later, the program was brought to Australia by Julie Carriol who had attended one of the first workshops in New York, witnessing the same incredible transformation in the other attendees.

Julie petitioned hospitals and garnered the support of the cosmetic industry in Australia and the first workshop was held at Westmead Hospital in Sydney in May 1990.

Today the program remains a free, national community service program managed by a small team of team of staff. The program relies on the support of 800 trained cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver the workshops across Australia.

The Cancer Patients Foundation, responsible for running the Look Good Feel Better program, is an independent not-for-profit organisation, not affiliated with any other cancer charity or support service. With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies on the generosity of corporate and community supporters to allow for the Look Good Feel Better program to be provided to cancer patients free-of-charge.

More information about how you can support the Look Good Feel Better program is available on our Fundraise for us, Our events and Ways to give pages.

The Cancer Patients Foundation Limited (ABN 80 051 758 368) is a charity endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

For information about the services provided as part of the Look Good Feel Better program, visit the About our program page.

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