Rose­haven Hospice pro­gress­ing

Mansfield Courier - - News -

A WALK­THROUGH of the ris­ing Rose­haven Hospice build­ing was taken last week by fed­eral mem­ber for Indi Dr He­len Haines (MHR, Indi) along with many vol­un­teer mem­bers of the project.

Project man­ager Ge­off Watkins led the tour through the build­ing site which at this stage is com­pleted to frame­work and roof.

“I con­grat­u­late the Rose­haven board and the Mans­field com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing this fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive,” Dr Haines said.

“It is so good to see the re­la­tion­ship also with the lo­cal hospi­tal and the GPs.

“This is a project which will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity but es­pe­cially the fam­i­lies and friends of pa­tients who need pal­lia­tive care dur­ing the most chal­leng­ing of times.”

This was the sec­ond visit to the Rose­haven site for Dr Haines, hav­ing vis­ited ear­lier in the year.

“There are some spec­tac­u­lar changes from the first time I was here,” she said.

“I wanted to come back to see Rose­haven and speak to the crew, the driv­ers be­hind this amaz­ing com­mu­nity en­deav­our that is Rose­haven.

“Pal­lia­tive care is a huge gap in our sys­tem for many ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, but here in Mans­field the com­mu­nity has got an ap­proach at Rose­haven that is fill­ing a re­ally im­por­tant gap, so I am sup­port­ive of com­mu­ni­ties for find­ing a so­lu­tion that are look­ing for and work­ing with the health ser­vices to do so.

“This is a process up­date for me and a con­ver­sa­tion with the board of man­age­ment, and with the com­mu­nity that is sup­port­ing Rose­haven to think about ways to think about how the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment can es­sen­tially pro­vide ways to give some sup­port – and per­haps there will be some grants that will be ap­pli­ca­ble to here.”

Dr Haines said that the way the sys­tem works is the states look af­ter health care and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­vides the states the money to do so.

“But the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment funds Medi­care for pri­mary health care and of­ten that in­cludes pal­lia­tive care, so our GPs are do­ing pal­lia­tive care fre­quently through their prac­tices so that al­ready hap­pens,” Dr Haines said.

“But more broadly there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to look at some fund­ing for one off grants and po­ten­tially look­ing at other ways of sup­port­ing a project such as Rose­haven.”

Dr Haines ad­vised that the sim­plest and most sus­tain­able way for Rose­haven to op­er­ate is to pro­vide the fa­cil­ity – the pal­lia­tive care cen­tre, run by vol­un­teers, but have the pro­fes­sional ser­vices come in to visit, as they would in a home care pal­lia­tive sit­u­a­tion.

Dr Haines wished the board and the com­mu­nity all the best and promised to be back next year for the of­fi­cial open­ing which is ex­pected to hap­pen around April.

She also promised to keep her ears to the ground and to look for smaller grants to fund spe­cific needs, but not for staffing.

LOOK­ING OUT: At the walk­through of the Rose­haven Hospice build­ing last week were (from left) Rose Gilder, mem­ber for Indi Dr He­len Haines, project man­ager Ge­off Watkins, Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley and co­founder Is­abel Ap­pleby.

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