The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project is providing accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment at hospitals in South Australia.

The idea for Under Our Roof was born from an issue  vocalised by clinicians that cancer patients from rural areas have limited family accommodation options when needing to travel to Adelaide for treatment. Finding a place to stay close to the hospital during treatment periods is one of the major stressors for country patients.

Having suitable accommodation and family members close by we hope will help improve the level of comfort for many country cancer patients at a crucial time. The unique part of Under Our Roof is that the homes built are designed specifically for families, allowing patients to  have the all-important support networks around them, which ultimately aids in recovery and comfort when going through cancer treatment.


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How is under our roof helping?

Under Our Roof was developed to meet a crucial accommodation need for country cancer patients who are required to travel for treatment at Adelaide’s busiest cancer treatment centres including The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Royal Adelaide Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital and Tennyson Centre.

In the 2018 year, THRF’s Under Our Roof accommodation provided a home away from home for country cancer patients and their families for 92% of the year!

Check out the Under Our Roof Impact Report 2018

The first project

The first Under Our Roof project – 30 Nicholls Terrace Woodville West is very close to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one of South Australia’s busiest cancer treatment centres. It also has the State’s largest Breast Cancer Clinic.  Each year more than 15,000 patients receive cancer treatments in the Day Centre alone.

Before Under Our Roof, there was no short stay accommodation in the western suburbs for families. The first project features two three bedroom homes for patients and their families to stay.

THRF has a long standing relationship with multi-award winning builder Scott Salisbury Homes who built the first two Under Our Roof homes.

The homes have been specifically designed to cater for families and those who may be feeling unwell. Both homes feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan kitchen/ living as well as a separate lounge area.

The first two homes were opened in September 2015.

The first Under Our Roof project for country cancer patients- Woodville West
Halfway through the build of the first Under Our Roof project for country cancer patients at Nicholls Terrace, Woodville West.
The Hospital REsearch Foundation's Under Our Roof homes for country cancer patients
One of the two completed Under Our Roof homes ‘Mercer House’ at 30 Nicholls Terrace, Woodville West.
Under Our Roof for Cancer Patients
Without the generosity of the South Australian community and the contributions of major fundraising partner Mercer SuperCycle and proceeds from Dry July, the completion of these homes would never have been possible.


Take a look inside the Under Our Roof homes which were launched in September 2015 – a major milestone for all involved in fundraising for this project.

How can you help?

You can make a donation to Under Our Roof by visiting the donation page. We are currently in the process of fundraising for the second Under Our Roof project, so your support is vital to ensure we can build more much-needed accommodation for country cancer patients.

Spread the word about this wonderful project to your friends and family! They may wish to make a donation too.

For more information on the different ways you can make a lasting contribution to the lives of cancer patients through Under Our Roof please get in touch with Fiona via (08) 7002 0815 or

How important is this program?

“Finding accommodation that is reasonably priced and close to hospital is the single biggest stressor for many of my patients that come from the country. For example some of our treatment regimens are 6 days long. So the patient will have their treatment in hospital, spend half the day there and then have to leave. They need somewhere to stay close by, so do their support people. It’s difficult, they’re often away from home for a long time,”

– Dr James Grey, Haematologist TQEH

Dr James Grey, Haematologist TQEH
Dr James Grey, Haematologist TQEH

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Who is helping?

The completion of these homes means country patients can pack up their lives and families and feel nurtured in a home environment close to treatment, it’s what we would all want and need if we were placed in the same difficult position.

This project would not have been possible without our very generous sponsors and supporters who have helped The Hospital Research Foundation make the first Under Our Roof homes a reality.

We would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their generosity and commitment to this wonderful community project.

These South Australian individuals and companies have lent their care and support to a vital community project that will help country patients and families in a time of need. Please help us recognise their generosity and build a network of caring companies by putting your business their way. Thank you.

Principal Fundraising Partner

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Naming Rights Sponsors

Mercer Major Sponsor

Dr Jones & Partners

Major Project Sponsors

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Dry July support Under Our Roof

Major Project Suppliers

Austral Bricks support Under Our RoofThe Good Guys Marion support Under Our Roof

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Statesman WindowsSA L:inen Support Under Our Roof

Project Suppliers

  • Andrew Baines – artist
  • Kitchens by Farquhar
  • Wallspan
  • Routleys
  • TDR Electrical
  • Dreamland Mile End
  • Adriatic Bedding
  • Burnside Blinds and Curtains
  • Advanced All Energy
  • RAA Security
  • Freedom Mile End
  • Beacon Lighting
  • Plush Sofas Mile End
  • Bluesky Air conditioning
  • Floors Plus Carpet Court
  • Adairs
  • Hard Image Photography
  • Katrina Kyros

More about Under Our Roof

New family home for country cancer patients

Patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families will soon have a new home-away-from-home in Bowden, Adelaide thanks to The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) latest Under Our Roof project and Mercer SuperCycle. read more

Riding to Support Country Cancer Patients – Eric’s Motivation

Eric Young is one of 50 SuperCyclists who is riding 1000km over seven days across rural South Australia to raise vital funds for The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project, providing accommodation for country cancer patients and their families who need to travel to Adelaide for treatment. read more

A Haven for Family to Be Together – Under Our Roof

When mother of one Francesca was diagnosed with breast cancer her first concern was for the welfare of her young family as she faced commuting from their hometown of Ceduna to Adelaide for treatment. Thankfully The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project was there to be a haven for Francesca and her family. read more

A Place of Healing

Separated from her loving husband and three beautiful children while braving treatment for breast cancer, Karla O’Neill from Whyalla found comfort in a house to call home - The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof Project. read more