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Former Health Foundation Chairman honoured for his work

The former chairman of Wishlist was recently awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal – the nation’s highest level of recognition – as part of the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Mike’s efforts fundraising for the local health service are matched only by his passion for his community. Mike Kelly is a true local hero that has devoted more than 20 years to enhancing the health service across the Coast.

Most notably, Mike was the founder of Wishlist from 1998 to 2017. By 1996, under Mike’s guidance, foundation raised $1.7millllion dollars to establish a multi-disciplinary cancer care centre in Nambour.

During Mike’s 20 years at the helm, the foundation raised and directed more than $17 million to vital health equipment, services and projects that so many local families have benefited from, including three The House The Coast Built projects and the Reed Charity House in Nambour.

mike kellyIn 2017, Mike was awarded the prestigious Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Benefactor Award for his work to support local health services.

While devoting himself passionately to the work of Wishlist, Mike also spent countless hours at the Motocross Track at Coolum. Mike was the driving force behind the establishment of the track and worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of riders, and maintain the facilities.

Surprised by the acknowledgement, Mike said he felt humbled to receive such a prestigious award for what he considers to be a privilege.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference in my community, through my work with Wishlist and in motocross.

“I would encourage everyone to invest in the power of volunteering, as the rewards are both priceless to our world, but also to the individual giving” said Mike.

Local businesses team-up with Wishlist

Two Sunshine Coast-based companies have teamed-up with Wishlist, supporting their work to enhance the health service on the Coast.

International Maroochydore-based technology company, EyeOnIt and Warana-based national equipment manufacturer, Quik Corp, have joined the Wishlist Partnership Program to show their commitment to their local community.

Wishlist’s partnership program harnesses the support of local businesses to enhance the work of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service for the benefit of local families.

IMG_2872EyeOnIt Founder, Phillipa Harcourt McNamara, said the decision to support Wishlist is based on their long term and diverse community focus delivering positive impacts to people’s lives when needed.

“EyeOnIt, we are proud to live and work on the idyllic Sunshine Coast. Partnering with Wishlist allows us to give back to our local community, a value close to our heart.

“We look forward to our 2019 partnership with Wishlist and are excited to be supporting a fantastic local organisation and great team,” Ms Harcourt McNamara said.

IMG_2868Quik Corp Managing Director, David Wardle, said the company wanted to support something in the local area that they felt made a significant difference to people’s lives.

“After visiting the hospital and seeing what was being done to help, it was an easy choice for us.

“Our staff can appreciate what it feels like to have a family member or friend ill. It is never a good time. So, to be able to actively contribute to improving facilities and accommodation to help those who are doing it tough was supported by the whole business as the best way to give back to our community,” Mr Wardle said.

IMG_2861Wishlist Lisa Rowe said the partnerships are crucial to the foundation and its fundraising efforts.

“Wishlist’s partnership program sees an exclusive club of local businesses work towards our shared vision, to provide the best health services possible for our families.

“In the case of both Quik Corp and EyeOnIt, our charity is partnered with cutting edge, locally-based business leaders, both achieving incredible things in the world marketplace.  As with all our partners, both businesses share a passion for the Coast community which is a win for Wishlist and potentially every Sunshine Coast family who visit a local hospital or health service.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with the Quik Corp and EyeOnIt teams,” Ms Rowe said.

Already in 2019, Wishlist has approved another $92,000 in support of local health services thanks largely to the support of local business.

Wishlist coffee house seeking volunteers

Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, the Wishlist Coffee House has raised $370,000 for the Gympie Hospital in just six years.  Now, they need your help.

Wishlist is calling out for more volunteers at the Wishlist Coffee House, based outside Gympie Hospital, to be a part of something positive and help reach a massive $500,000 milestone.

The Wishlist Coffee House opened its doors in 2013, and quickly became a social hub and convenient coffee stop for anyone using Gympie Hospital.

Already this year, funds raised through the Coffee House has allowed Wishlist to enhance the Gympie Hospital service through funding of a $15000 refurbishment of the Maternity and Paediatric Emergency Units as well as $8,095 for Sozo Lymphoma Index for early detection and screening of Lymphoedema – a condition which commonly occurs as a result of cancer treatment.

Run by manager, Richard Ward, and armed with a team of hard working volunteers, the Wishlist Coffee House provides fresh, healthy food and drinks for staff, patients and visitors of the Gympie Hospital. With 100 per cent of its proceeds going towards the needs of the hospital, the Wishlist Coffee House is a great asset to the Gympie community.

Manager Richard Ward is currently calling on volunteers to donate some time to assist however they can.

“Our volunteers enjoy working here as it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends, gain new skills and utilise past experience. They also feel proud knowing they are giving something back to the community.”

“Volunteers get back into the work force, take holidays, or in some cases move away, so we need a continuous stream of volunteers to keep us going strong.”

richard“It’s not a requirement that our volunteers have experience, we teach them how we operate and appreciate the time they have to offer. Our volunteers do a range of things, from cleaning and preparing food to making coffee and serving customers, and we value everything they do for us.

“We work hard and have a lot of fun at the same time, usually at my expense,” Richard said

The Coffee House is urgently seeking volunteers, so if you or someone you know has a few hours to spare please phone the Wishlist office on 5470 6598 or email us at: sc-wishlist@health.qld.gov.au.

Local students make a difference to kids in hospital

Students of Chevallum State School generously assembled and donated gift packs to their local hospital foundation to be given to children staying in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital over the Christmas holidays.

These gift School donationpacks were filled with hand-made teddy bears, colouring-in books and other goodies.

The hinterland school’s ‘butterfly effect’ project, encouraged students to become change agents in their local community.

Chevallum school teacher, Danae Kunkel, said they wanted the kids to learn about how they could make a positive difference in the world.

“We looked at how other children in the world have made a difference, and at different social and environmental issues that occur locally and globally.

­ “We investigated different charities and problems around the Sunshine Coast that students were passionate about.

The students were all passionate about helping sick children in hospital, and were inspired by a boy who made teddy bears for paediatric ward,” Ms Kunkel said.

They watched a clip about a boy called Campbell (Project 365) who makes teddy bears for children in hospital. They were inspired by the difference he made, and began investigating how they could have the same positive effect locally.

The gifts were donated to the paediatric ward just in time for Christmas, and they brightened a lot of faces over the holidays.

Buderim Foundation fund hospital comfort room

A $2980 grant from the Buderim Foundation has allowed Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Wishlist, to establish an important Comfort Room in the Ambulatory Care Centre at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

During a tough time, the room will be a space for patients and their families to go, away from the hustle and bustle of the clinic setting, to receive difficult news and counselling about their health, or the health of a loved-one.

Buderim FoundationIt will also offer the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Ambulatory Care staff somewhere quiet to deliver important information without the interruptions and time restrictions that are common in the busy ambulatory care setting.

Nurse Unit Manager at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre, Philomena Webb, said every day in the centre, many patients receive a life changing diagnosis.

“The Hospital has clinicians available, at short notice, to counsel patients and their families when they receive difficult news. However, until now, there hasn’t been a dedicated space for these personal conversations to take place.

“The lounge suite, table and chairs, cushions and artwork were purchased, thanks to Wishlist and the Buderim Foundation, to transform a meeting room into a comfortable ‘lounge’ for the purpose of confidential discussions and counselling between staff, patients and family members when needed.

“The space also has teleconference equipment to allow patients to include other family members that would otherwise be unable to be part of these important discussions

“It may just seem like a few pieces of furniture, but the benefits of a comforting space like this, for local families, are profound”, Ms Webb said.

Buderim Foundation Chairman, Russell Stitz, said the purpose of the Foundation is to build a stronger community by harnessing the power of giving and the work carried out by Wishlist was very fitting with building a stronger community.

“The work carried out by Wishlist fills a real gap in our community when it comes to improving the health care facilities across the region.

“We are grateful for the work they do and it’s a privilege to support such a worthy cause”, Mr Stitz said.

In 2018, the Buderim Foundation awarded a record amount of more than $75,000 in grants to 23 community-based organisations.

Wishlist work with the Sunshine Coast community to identify and fund vital health equipment and initiatives to support the local health service and its mission to provide the very best health care.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas wrapping station Sunshine Plaza

The Wishlist Christmas wrapping station is up and running at the Sunshine Plaza until December 24, wrapping your Christmas presents for just a gold coin donation.

081218 AM teamWe have masses of volunteers donating their time and gift-wrapping skills to a noble cause.

All of the funds raised from the Wrapping station will be directed to The House The Coast Built 2019 – an affordable accommodation facility for families, within walking distance to the Hospital, to rest and recharge after long and stressful days at the bedside of their loved-one.

IMG_6661We recently had some of the tradesmen from Ausmar Homes who will be generously donating their time and resources to the construction of The House The Coast Built itself, show off their gift-wrapping skills by manning the Wishlist wrapping station for a morning.

It goes to show just how generous members of our local community can be, and we are so grateful.

You can help give families a comfortable place to rest while their loved one is undergoing life-saving treatment by purchasing a house-hold item for the home from The House The Coast Built .org (https://thehousethecoastbuilt.org) or by coming down to the Sunshine Plaza to get your Christmas presents wrapped by one of our volunteers.

 

 

 

 

SCUH welcomed speech pathologists for Aphasiology Symposium

The Sunshine Coast hosted the largest gathering of specialist speech pathologists in Australia last month, and welcomed international delegates from across the globe, thanks to funding from Wishlist via Just Better Care Sunshine Coast.

Aphasiology Symposium(1)The Aphasiology Symposium of Australasia 2018 was held at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital on 28-29 November.

The symposium brought together speech pathology researchers, clinicians and students to build connections, share information and engage with one another to improve the lives of people with aphasia.

Aphasia is a condition that can affect people’s ability to speak and understand language (both written and spoken) and is caused by stroke or other damage to the language centres of the brain.

Dr Kirstine Shrubsole, chair to the conference committee and lecturer in speech pathology at the Southern Cross University, said the  symposium’s aim was to improve the quality of therapy for people affected by aphasia.

“People with aphasia often know what they want to say, but have difficulties getting their message out.

“This event, held every two years in different locations across Australia, allows speech pathologists who specialise in working with people with aphasia to stay up-to-date with the latest research and learn from world-leading experts.

“Delegates can then take this research back to their workplace and use it to provide the highest quality, evidence-based therapy and support to people living with aphasia and their families.

“Because of Wishlist’s support, we can host delegates from across Australia and abroad in the state-of-the-art auditorium at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute,” said Dr Shrubsole.

Just Better Care Sunshine Coast Director, Tony Sandy, said they were delighted to part of the important event.

“The Symposium is a great step towards improving care for customers diagnosed with aphasia, while assisting in building a supportive platform for individual’s and their family dealing with symptoms of Aphasia, locally.

The Symposium hosted delegates from Singapore, Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Denmark, India, and Vietnam.

Family grateful for hospital accomodation

When Gail McBride’s son Cooper was booked in to have his tonsils and adenoids removed at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, medical staff told her that they shouldn’t go back home to Gympie straight away.

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Brave little Cooper

When Gail McBride’s son Cooper was booked in to have his tonsils and adenoids removed at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, medical staff told her that they shouldn’t go back home to Gympie straight away.

“They warned me that there’s always a chance of complications and that we would have to stay on the Coast for two weeks,” Gail said.

“I thought it was an unnecessary precaution and it was also quite inconvenient as I had another child at home too.

“But I decided it was safest to take the doctor’s advice and contacted Wishlist’s patient accommodation at Reed House next to the Nambour Hospital and booked us in.”

It proved to be the best decision Gail could have made for her eight-year-old son.

“Cooper’s surgery went as planned but things turned seriously bad very, very quickly,” Gail remembered.

“He woke up choking on his own blood, suffering a bleed from the surgery site.

“It was a terrifying situation but with the support of the ladies at Reed House and another mother staying there, I could get Cooper the help he needed.

“I really was one of the people who thought, ‘that won’t happen to my son’, but complications happen all the time. If we had not been at Reed House, the outcome for Cooper could have been a lot worse.”

Cooper was treated immediately at the Nambour Hospital then transferred to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

“Having a safe and comfortable place to base ourselves while he was sick made a huge difference to us,” Gail said.

“The ladies at Reed House made us feel like we were important and cared for during a really hard time.

Thousands of people are in this situation every year on the Sunshine Coast.

In the first 12 months of opening, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital treated 1089 paediatric patients who lived more than 50km from the hospital.

Another 340 mothers that lived outside our region were transported to our state-of-the-art maternity unit to deliver their babies – often pre-term.

While the Hospital’s amazing medical teams care for patients, we want to help the families who travel long distances to support their loved ones.

Wishlist and Ausmar homes want to keep families together during the toughest times.

We’re building a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The House The Coast Built will be an affordable accommodation facility for families, within walking distance to the Hospital, to rest and recharge after long and stressful days at the bedside of their child, their siblings, parents or friends.

You can give families a comfortable place to rest while their loved one is undergoing life-saving treatment by purchasing a house-hold item for the home.

Items can be purchased in your name or in honour of a friend for Christmas.

Head to The House The Coast Built to help.

Donations hand-made with love

We recently received seven hand-made kids’ wooden tables and chairs, along with wooden toys to distribute to children’s hospital wards and services across the Sunshine Coast region.

Members of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, also known as the ‘Woodies’, spent several months making the tables and chairs as part of their ongoing community give-back project.

Driven by a love for their craft and a desire to help their local group and charities, the hinterland group are known for their boundless generosity and support of many local charities.

Table donation 2As well as tables and chairs, the ‘Woodies’ have dedicated time to making various wooden items for the Health Service including tables, the lectern and candlesticks for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Chapel, and many years ago the Nambour Hospital chapel.

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said the donation of the toys, tables and chairs was just as important to Wishlist’s work as the financial donations needed to support all areas of local health.

“We currently have quite a few paediatric projects underway. Many require enhancements to children’s waiting room areas from Caloundra to Gympie Hospital.  We’d otherwise buy these items for areas that need them, so the ‘Woodies’ have saved us money and made a big difference to our local hospitals.”

The group has also offered to assist Wishlist with The House The Coast Built project – a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“This group of clever men and women make such a difference to our community, while doing something they love,” Ms Rowe said.

The wooden furniture was delivered to Wishlist on 1 November and is already in use in various hospital wards and units including the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Paediatric Outpatient Ward, Maternity Ward, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Gympie Hospital Paediatric Unit.

iPads a nice distraction for paediatric patients

We have just funded a delivery of iPads to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s Paediatric outpatient unit to aid with distraction therapy for kids at the clinic.

The iPads were funded by Wishlist as part of a Project Funding Round, and will be immensely beneficial to patients in the paediatric units.

Holley Mathews enjoys one of the newly funded iPads

Children waiting for procedural sedation, with a behavioural diagnosis or undergoing chemotherapy treatment will now have a much needed and much deserved distraction.

Clinical Nurse of the Unit, Sue Maclean, said the iPads will be a welcomed distraction for both paediatric patients and their parents.

“Children with a behavioural diagnosis who come to the clinic can use the iPads for game play – allowing doctors to plan, assess and have important discussions with mum and dad.

“The iPads can also be used as a diversion tool for children waiting procedural sedation and feeling anxious, as well as children undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“If these kids can have a presence in the game they’re playing on the iPads, they’re not as focused on the invasive procedures they need to have. It’s a nice distraction for them”, said Ms Maclean.