What is WellAhead?

WellAhead is a holistic wellness program, co – designed with consumers, to support and empower those living with and beyond cancer.

Activities include yoga, meditation, volunteer programs such as Old Blokes Shed and Knitting/Craft Support, Northern Health Community Choir and classes and activities for seniors from Whittlesea U3A.

As the name suggests, it is a wellness program designed to encourage progress and positive living, in spite of the challenges of living with and beyond cancer.

WellAhead aligns with Northern Health’s Trusted Care Commitment of ‘Staying Well’. This involves the delivery of services outside the conventional hospital setting, with a greater focus on health and wellbeing in the community.

Welcome to the Wellness Lounge

Discover Tranquillity

Step into the serene comfort of the Wellness Lounge, nestled in Ward 5 at Northern Hospital Epping. This peaceful space is exclusively for those living with and beyond cancer. Allow the world to fade away as you reconnect with your body and mind.

Equipped with massage chairs and comfy sofas, you can either join in the activities below, or enjoy the changing seasons in the garden outside.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Card and table games (U3A)
(1 pm -4 pm)
Yoga and meditation:
Shruti Nagendra
(11 am- 12 noon)
Origami and greeting card making (U3A)
(10 am -1 pm)

*Starting 15 July 2024

Programs on offer at the Wellness Lounge

Card games and card making, with Whittlesea U3A: U3A stands for University of the Third Age. Every Monday afternoon and Friday morning, they will share card games and teach card making and Origami at the Lounge.

Yoga: The yoga class is held at 11 am, every Wednesday, led by Shruti Nagendra. Shruti is a certified Yoga Instructor with over 15 years’ experience, who integrates pranayama (breath control) and meditation techniques in her yoga practice. Shruti says, “The WellAhead Program emphasis on holistic wellbeing, resonates deeply with my professional philosophy and personal values.”

To enrol, email: wellahead@nh.org.au




Other activities planned at the Wellness Lounge, include a workshop on Japanese Kumihimo Braiding, Art Therapy and Qigong classes.



Activities outside the Wellness Lounge, include the Volunteer program and Northern Health Community Choir.

Volunteer program

In addition to the activities in the Wellness Lounge, there also IS:Volunteer Program

Volunteers assist in a variety of roles including administrative support within our health service, fundraising initiatives and visiting patients. Knitting and crocheting is another volunteer activity, both to create gifts for patients and for fundraising. Our volunteers also assist patients in woodworking activities at the Old Blokes Shed at Bundoora Centre.

For more information or queries, please email volunteer@nh.org.au.

Northern Health Community Choir

Research suggests that singing results in a range of positive physical, mental health, emotional, and wellbeing outcomes and leads to greater cognitive reserves as we age.

The Northern Health Community Choir is an inclusive forum, that welcomes membership not only from our staff but also members of the local community.

Currently, Northern Health Community Choir rehearses at Northern Health, Epping, every Wednesday at lunchtime (12.30 until 1.30) and Friday morning (8.30 until 9.30). However, in 2024, additional times and venues may be added if there is sufficient interest.

To register your interest or to find out more, contact Alison Davies at Alison.Davies@nh.org.au

For more information on the WellAhead program, please email Mike Masilamani, Project Officer, Wellbeing Program, Cancer Services: mike.masilamani@nh.org.au