Our History

Our achievements to date

From the moment COUCH was formed in 2006, the groundswell of public support has been overwhelming. With the original vision of its founders as a guide, COUCH’s mission to raise funds and advocate for better cancer services in Far North Queensland continues. 

  • 409/'06
    04 September2006

    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.

  • 2911/'06
    29 November2006

    2nd Public Meeting Held

    Meeting updated everyone on the progress of COUCH.

  • 902/'07
    09 February2007

    Company registration

    Cairns COUCH Ltd was registered as a public company.

  • 503/'07
    05 March2007

    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.

  • 109/'07
    01 September2007

    COUCH Fundraising Walk submission

    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.

  • 110/'07
    01 October2007

    Federal Government commitment

    The Federal Government gives their commitment of $8.3 million.

  • 2911/'06
    29 November2006

    Australia Day Citizen Award

    COUCH Committee awarded Australia Day Citizen Award by Cairns Regional Council.

  • 101/'09
    01 January2009

    Radiation oncology and cancer care unit announced

    Premier Anna Bligh announces Radiation oncology and cancer care unit will be built at Cairns Base Hospital due to open in 2012.

  • 111/'09
    01 November2009

    EBUS machine

    COUCH and FNQHF purchase an Endobronchial Ulstrasound (EBUS) Machine.

  • 2406/'10
    24 June2010

    Land donation

    Woodward family donates 2.1 hectares of land to COUCH for a Cancer Help & Wellness Centre.

  • 110/'10
    01 October2010

    Lymphatic Mapping Probes

    COUCH funds purchase a two Lymphatic Mapping Probes for Cairns Hospital.

  • 102/'11
    01 February2011

    Sub-division approved

    Cairns Regional Council approves the sub-division of 100/114 Reservoir Road.

  • 106/'11
    01 June2011

    Shuttle bus purchase

    COUCH purchases a shuttle bus to transport patients between departments at the Cairns Base Hospital.

  • 110/'11
    01 October2011

    Officially open!

    Official opening of the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre.

  • 107/'13
    01 July2013

    New equipment

    Purchase of a Bioimpedence spectroscopy device and two laser therapy units (L-Dex Machines).

  • 103/'14
    01 March2014

    Stage 1 roadworks complete

    Cancer Help & Wellness Centre Stage 1 Roadworks complete.

  • 110/'15
    01 October2015

    PET-CT Scanner purchased

    COUCH and FNQHF purchase of a PET-CT Scanner for Cairns Hospital.

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