Bain Australia partners with the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

November 2013 marked a momentous occasion for Bain’s Australia offices as the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse treated its first patients. Following eight years of pro bono and strategic support, we at Bain Australia are proud to have played a part in this journey alongside so many others.

Lifehouse was named in honour of Professor Chris O’Brien AO (3 Jan 1952 – 4 June 2009), who inspired people both through his work as a cancer specialist and through his own three year battle with an aggressive brain tumour. Chris transformed his personal adversity into a national opportunity, using his experience to fight harder for cancer patients and their families.

Chris envisioned a comprehensive cancer centre where patients would no longer have to navigate through the different elements of their illnesses alone. While Chris is no longer with us, his vision has now been realised with the completion of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse: a comprehensive, not-for-profit world class cancer treatment, education and research facility, providing integrative care and support services to public and private patients alike

By bringing to life Chris’s vision, Lifehouse will fundamentally change the model of cancer care in Australia. Stage 1 of the facility, now complete, provides outpatient services ranging from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to psychosocial support and care-coordination. Stage 2 is scheduled for completion by 2015, and will provide surgery, in-patient care, and an Intensive Care Unit.

Beyond the clinical treatment facilities, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse also integrates allied health and supportive services such as therapy groups, nutrition, pilates, and art and music therapy. By designing the facilities around the needs of patients and caregivers, Lifehouse shifts health care from a clinician-centric model to a patient-centric model.

Since 2005, Bain’s Australian practice has played a significant role in supporting Lifehouse:

2005-2008: Creating the vision, business plan and getting the go-ahead
2009-2010: Assisting in securing the funding
2011-2013: Preparing for operations

In addition to the formal role Bain has played in the creation of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, individual Bainies continue to be involved in their own ways, including raising funds by cycling in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Now that the hospital is up and running, Bain’s support will be ongoing through Bain’s partner presence on the board as well as donations from all of the Australian offices through workplace giving. We look forward to being a part of the continuing journey of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and to changing the lives of cancer patients in Australia.

To learn more about the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, visit their website or view this introductory video.

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