How to Book & Guidelines

Anyone who has faced the challenges of living with breast cancer is eligible to stay at an OTIS retreat, along with their partners, family or friends. 

To book a stay at an OTIS retreat contact our bookings team: 


All retreats are subject to availability. Waiting times may apply. 


Your Questions Answered

What is The OTIS Foundation?

The OTIS Foundation is a charitable organisation established to nurture and support women and their families experiencing breast cancer by offering retreat accommodation at no cost. We are the only national charity dedicated to providing the gift of time and space, in peaceful environments, that creates opportunities to rest, reflect, reprioritise and rejuvenate. Our service is made possible through the generous donation of properties and fundraising activities.

Am I eligible for a stay?

Anyone with a breast cancer diagnosis is eligible to stay at an OTIS retreat.

How do I make a booking?

To book, or for more information, please contact our Bookings Coordinators on 03 5444 1184 to allow us to gauge your requirements and to discuss property availability directly.

When are the properties available?

Most of our properties are donated for specific times throughout the year when not in use by their owners. Availability is per the owner’s instructions and, therefore, can be limited and waiting times may apply.

Do I need a letter from my medical professional?

No. Our Booking Coordinators will provide you with all of the required documentation relating to your stay – this includes a booking form which needs to be signed by yourself and your health professional (eg Breast Care Nurse, GP, Oncologist).

How many times can I stay?

As occupancy is often at capacity, our priority is to provide stays to first time guests, those who are recently diagnosed and those with high level needs e.g. advanced disease. Additional requests will be at the discretion of OTIS management.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes. If a stay is not available at the time of your call, you will be offered a place on our waitlist for the retreat/s of your choice. Our Bookings Coordinators will contact you when further stays become available.

Can my Support Group make a booking?

The OTIS Foundation welcomes group bookings from breast cancer support groups and a signed booking form is required from each guest attending the retreat. All groups are welcome to one stay per year.

What happens in an emergency, such as bushfire, flood or other natural disaster?

Throughout the duration of your stay (including travel to and from the property), please familiarise yourself with the following information in case of emergency and/or natural disaster

  • In an emergency situation, call 000
  • Listen to the local ABC radio
  • Regularly check the website for your state and download the appropriate app which may alert you to imminent threats in the area (see below for further information).

STATE WEBSITE APP

EMERGENCY HOTLINES

SA

www.cfs.sa.gov.au


Alert SA


Bushfire Information Line 1300 362 361


NSW

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au


Fires Near Me NSW


Bushfire Information Line 1800 679 737


VIC

www.cfa.vic.gov.au


VicEmergency


VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226


QLD

www.qfes.qld.gov.au


N/A


Queensland Fire and Rescue Service 0427 143 263


NT

www.pfes.nt.gov.au


N/A


Flood, storms and cyclone emergency help 132 500




The OTIS Foundation advises that it is the responsibility of the guest and/or the accompanying adult(s) to assess the safety risks within that area.

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