The Sunshine Hospice charity is alive and well.
Whilst we may not have a hospice operating at the present time, we have experience in delivering compassionate end of life care at our hospice facility that operated in Doonan between May 2010 and December 2015. We assisted 318 patients and their families during this time.
The Board of Sunshine Hospice has a clear mandate to build and operate a financially sustainable hospice on the Sunshine Coast. This involves identifying and securing a suitable block of land. Once that is achieved, we will design and build a hospice that meets the requirements of gaining both a private health facility licence and accreditation, a fundamental change in our model of care.
Licensing and accreditation are essential to our future sustainability, the attainment of which means we will be able to access funding from government, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and private health funds – revenue streams previously excluded from us.
So, where are we in achieving our dream?
The good news is that we have never been closer to securing land. The timing of a public announcement is dependent on other parties and at this stage, we expect to make an announcement in early 2019.
In the meantime, we continue to operate five Op Shops located at Tewantin, Montville, Maroochydore and Bli Bli, staffed by dedicated volunteers. All profits from the shops are accumulating in a building fund and will be used to deliver on this exciting project.
We look forward to the day that we can celebrate the opening of the new Sunshine Hospice which will serve the Sunshine Coast and surrounding communities.