20 July, 2013
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
THE HON. PETER DUTTON MHR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING
The Coalition will provide $5.5 million towards the establishment of Queensland’s only dedicated children’s respite and hospice facility.
There are over 3,700 children in Queensland who are affected by life limiting conditions in which it is likely that the child will die before the age of 18.
We will work with the Queensland Government, the charity, Queensland Kids and St Vincent’s Private Hospital as they continue to develop their plan to make this much needed facility a reality. This project is in its earliest stages and the Coalition’s commitment will give all parties greater certainty as they continue to explore the options before them.
The children’s hospice to be known as ‘Hummingbird House’ is expected to be situated at St Vincent’s Private Hospital at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. The facility will provide ‘end of life’ care, grief and bereavement services, support services for siblings and accommodation for families.
Having witnessed the work of Bear Cottage in Warringah, we are believers in the powerful work of a children’s hospice. That is why the 2005 Pollie Pedal was dedicated to the great work of this children’s hospice as well as research into childhood medical research.
As parents, we wish there was not a need for such a facility, but sadly there is.
There are only two dedicated children’s hospices nationwide – in Sydney and in Melbourne. The completion of Hummingbird House will provide a much needed service in Queensland.
Our children’s hospices do the work of angels – they are places of love and kindness during times of pain and grief.
The Coalition’s $5.5 million commitment over seven years will be matched by the Queensland Government and provide a total of 50 per cent of the costs of providing 24 hour care for these children.
We particularly acknowledge the work of Paul Quilliam from Queensland Kids and Cheryle Royle from St Vincent’s Private Hospital to bring this project one step closer to reality.
The LNP Candidate for Griffith, Dr Bill Glasson and our candidate in Moreton, Malcolm Cole, as well as the Member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, have all been and will continue to be strong advocates for Hummingbird House.