Queensland Kids announces this week that it is a step closer to construction of Hummingbird House children’s hospice in Brisbane after securing a significant funding commitment from the Queensland Government and Federal Coalition.
The commitment of $5.5 million by the Queensland Government over seven years is in response to the recent State parliamentary inquiry recommendations regarding palliative care services in Queensland. The Federal Opposition has offered to match this funding if elected to Government this year. Greens candidate for Griffith has submitted the costing to the Australian Greens for consideration at part of the party’s submission to the Parliamentary Budget Office.
These funding commitments will go towards the $22.6 million forecast for the construction over 2 years and the first 5 years of operation of Hummingbird House. The balance of funding will be sourced from corporate and private donors. We are yet to receive a Federal funding commitment from the current Federal government.
Currently, there are only two children’s hospices in Australia, with none being in Queensland. Queensland families are suffering under immense emotional and financial strain caring for their ill children with limited local services.
Hummingbird House will be Queensland’s only children’s hospice, servicing a critical need for respite and care for children with a life limiting illness to complement Queensland’s existing hospital based services.The establishment of Hummingbird House also offers an alternative for families whose children require end-of-life care.
Queensland Kids co-founders,Paul and Gabrielle Quilliam have drawn praise
from Hummingbird House Chairman John Hummelstad. ‘The Board is proud to celebrate this important milestone with Paul and Gabrielle, who have worked tirelessly for over two years to make this project a reality.’