Tuesday, 2 August 2022
Statements by Members
In a cottage in Doonan, set in beautiful grounds, people at end of life are comforted in the embrace of loved ones, their pain eased with specialist palliative care. In three years, Katie Rose Cottage Hospice has cared for more than 250 people, easing the load on both patients and families during those precious final hours together. In January this year, I announced a $1.5 million federal funding grant to help this vital service expand from three to five rooms to give more people end-of-life care. At Katie Rose, dying mums hear their children playing in the pool and watch their sons wed on the balcony. Terminally ill kids can cuddle their pets. Families truly are supported. On behalf of a passionate community of fundraisers, 280 volunteers, chair Carol Raye and her committee of palliative doctors, nurses and carers, and the patients and families, I've written to the Treasurer seeking that this grant be honoured. I call on the government to deliver this funding.