Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program, run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.

This year is the 30th Anniversary of the program in Australia and more than 150,000 women, men and teens have participated in the program since the first workshop in Westmead, Sydney in May 1990.

 

We offer four services:

 

Physical Workshops

Our physical workshops are a group workshop environment and we currently hold approximately 1,000 workshops in 180 venues across Australia each year.

These workshops are run by a team of 1,000 dedicated volunteers who cover skincare techniques to address common side-effects like dryness and sun sensitivity; makeup tips to help correct and conceal redness, sallowness, pigmentation and dark circles as well as techniques for drawing on eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection.

Each participant receives a Confidence Kit – full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry – to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and for continued use in their own homes.

Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. During the workshops, friendships and additional support networks are formed that can help during diagnosis and treatment.

 

Home-Delivered Confidence Kits

For those cancer patients who are unable to attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop for health, travel or personal reasons, our supplementary Home-Delivered Confidence Kit service is available.

The Home-Delivered Confidence Kit contains a range of skincare and make-up products, and an information booklet and supporting DVD that guides the patients through skincare, cosmetic and headwear techniques normally covered in a workshop.

 

Virtual Workshops

Our Virtual Workshops are live and interactive and two options are available:

Skin care and make-up (1 hour): addressing common side-effects of cancer treatment like dryness and sun sensitivity; correcting and concealing redness, sallowness, pigmentation and dark circles; and techniques for drawing on eyebrows and eyelashes.

Wigs and headwear (1 hour): offering advice on wig selection, wig care, scarf styling and alternative headwear options.

During the interactive workshops our facilitator demonstrates and answers participant’s questions while they follow along and try the techniques as we go.

Patients can choose to register for one or both workshops, and our Virtual Workshops pair perfectly with our Home-Delivered Confidence Kit service.

 

Confidence Consults

Our one hour Confidence Consults are available in the Sydney-based Look Good Feel Better National Office, where a consultation space has been customised to accommodate those cancer patients who aren’t able to attend a workshop because of clashes with their treatment or work schedule, or who are uncomfortable in a group setting. The service is provided by trained and qualified volunteers with experience in the beauty and hairdressing industries. 

Patients are taken through the same practical skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations that are covered in the workshops, however Confidence Consults allow for a more customised focus on particular issues for each individual patient, and offer a more discreet environment. Patients are also provided with a take-home instructional DVD and information booklet. 

To enquire about Confidence consults, please call 1800 650 960.

 

All services provided by Look Good Feel Better have been developed with the purpose of empowering those undergoing cancer treatment, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

The program is managed by a small team of team of staff and relies on the support of 1,000 trained cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver the workshops across Australia.  
 
With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies heavily 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.