Rosehaven Hospice progressing
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.