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Wishlist wrap – May

Unless you’ve visited a local hospital with a sick or injured child, you’ll never fully understand the impact 92.7Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids has had on the Health Service we all rely on.

Spanning 20 years and raising a staggering $5million, the annual appeal has funded vital medical equipment, free access to TV for patients at Nambour, and distraction therapy in waiting rooms, wards and clinics across the Sunshine Coast. It’s also funded special services like paediatric music, pet and yoga therapy and the local Clown Doctors. 

It’s entirely responsible for growing the local Child Development Service to work with children over the age of six with behavioural and developmental issues.  Until 2014, this was not an option under the local public health system until $1.4million was donated to Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to establish the service on Wises Rd, fit-out the space and fund additional staff for three years. 

92.7 Mix Fm’s Give Me 5 For Kids launch at Australia Zoo

Appeal proceeds helped young people with eating disorders get out of hospital and back to school through equine assisted therapy. And in 2018, it bought land for The House the Coast Built–helping countless families with accommodation needs in the years ahead.  It’s built rooftop playgrounds and influenced the paediatric services on offer at Caloundra, Nambour and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, in ways we’ll never truly grasp.

During the month of June, the appeal sees every proactive business on the Sunshine Coast do their bit for a cause that impacts us all.  Families return year-after-year to hold fundraising events that add to the tally, giving up days and nights to make it happen and bringing their own kids along for the ride.  The 92.7 Mix FM team attend every event.  Every music trivia and poker night, golf day, art auction and Jessie’s Party in the park.  Not because they have to, but because every member of the team is genuinely invested in the outcome.  Tears are shed each year when the final tally is announced, and another record broken across the country.  Last year’s $606,000 tally blew everyone out of the water.

The Southern Cross Austereo network holds Give Me 5 for Kids all over Australia—nowhere else has come close to the kind of money we raise here on the Coast.  

Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids is as real as it gets.  It’s good people uniting for positive action in a community that we all know is a class of its own.  That’s the magic of Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to me.  We all know we’re lucky to live on the Sunny Coast, and by “giving 5” we can make things even better for our sick kids and so, by God, we do.

The House the Coast Built

On Friday we celebrated the roof wetting for The House The Coast Built, and boy, was it wet! 

We celebrated the important milestone with Tony Bryan and the team from Ausmar Homes and quite a few of our best buddies from the build project.

Thanks to Darren Boyle, ATF Temporary Fence Hire, Axis Surveys, DEQ Engineering, Neumann Steel, Excel Concrete, Flick Termite Management, Lizard Concrete Pumping, Coastcon Concreting, Supaloc Steel Frames, Stoddart, AJ Steel, Blake Roofing, Queensland Construction and Carpentry, CV Services Group, Reece, Superior Plumbing, Raw Skips, Suncoast Traffic Management, Chris Aitkin Crane Hire, Bulk Granite Haulage, Siltman Silt Fences, Cupolex Australia, Nastasi & Associates, Clean and Green, Sightmaster Australia, Shark Bite Plumbing Solution and True Core Steel – BlueScope for the work on the project to date. 

Queensland Construction & Carpentry with Sean from Ausmar Homes

Our New WishlistConnect App

Well, we’re now officially the Coast’s tech-savvy charity, thanks to the new WishlistConnect app.

Those who attended the official launch of the app this month would have left feeling incredibly proud of the contribution they’ve made to our work.  We had an emotional presentation by Music Therapist at Dove Palliative Care, Tracie Wicks.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  Chris Gardner, Nurse Unit Manager of Dove also provided insight into the importance of the Wishlist-funded therapy and thanked WishlistConnect supporters.

The Wishlist-funded Clown Doctors made us laugh and Adj Professor Naomi Dwyer, Health Service Chief Executive had us all feeling incredibly proud of the work we do to support her team in our local hospitals.

Thanks to Naomi, Chris, Tracie and all who attended to launch a new era for Wishlist.  The app facilitates the promotion of Wishlist business support to 7,500 local Health families and Wishlist’s wider supporter base.  The advertising dollar supports Wishlist’s work and our business supporters make exclusive offers to the users, many of whom are our time-poor Health team in hospitals from Caloundra to Gympie.

To find out more about how to be part of WishlistConnect please contact 5202 1777 and ask for Jeff.

BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore

BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore joined the Wishlist team this month, offering Wishlist Health staff across our hospitals a regular onsite banking service.

On top of this the team will contribute a commission to Wishlist on all home loans taken up by Health employees. 

Marcus and Nicholas from BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore, SCUH Midwives Allison and Kirsten and Jeff from Wishlist.

Wishlist Spring Carnival

We’ve sold a record 730 tickets to the Wishlist Spring Carnival on September 13, in the new Novotel Twin Waters function centre. 

Major sponsor Walter Iezzi Development launched his new Bokarina Beach Development, Oceanus and I celebrated with co-sponsor Craig McCulloch from Pacific Jaguar and Land Rover. 

Congratulations Walter!

International Nurses Day

Wishlist celebrates our nurses every year and this year was no exception.  Check out our tribute, thanks to volunteer Katie Rodgers for compiling the photos!

Dr Michael Lam accompanying Wishlist’s International Nurses Day tribute.

National Volunteers Week

Where would we be without our volunteers?  Well, there would be a lot less work done in the Wishlist office for a start, no emergency accommodation on offer at Reed House and very few coffees made at Wishlist Coffee House at Gympie Hospital.

Richard Ward and wife Carolyn attended the Volunteering Queensland breakfast at Brisbane Town Hall, where he was nominated for the Volunteer Manager of the Year award.  Richard has managed a dedicated team of volunteers at the Coffee House since the doors opened in 2013.   With his team Richard has managed to raise more than $370,000 for the needs of Gympie Hospital.  The latest in a long list of equipment donated by the enterprise is a Sozo Lymphoedema Unit for the early detection of this debilitating illness in cancer patients.

Wishlist sponsored a small celebration at every Health Service campus to acknowledge the incredible work of volunteers at our local hospitals.

Funding & Research

Project Funding Round 3 and Staff Scholarship Round 4 are currently under review, as is our collaborative research grant round.

The Wishlist/SERTF Research Round will be assessed by Wishlist’s Research Panel this week, with paediatric projects featuring prominently this year.  Applicants will know the outcome by July.

Making research funding available to clinical staff of our Health Service offers a great deal to the Sunshine Coast community.  Not only does local research activity present the opportunity for the potential treatment and cure of life threatening illness, but it also presents opportunities for improvements in local healthcare.   

Research activity at SCUH also presents the Sunshine Coast as a destination for specialists and academics keen to further their career, potentially bringing leaders in specialised fields to work in our hospitals.

Wishlist has directed $1.4million to local research projects and we’re keen to grow our investment in the years ahead.

To help us do so we’re thrilled to welcome some research superstars to our team.  Wishlist’s Research Committee Chair, Dr Claudia Giurgiuman, General Manager of Wesley Medical Research Institute and 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, are working on a research development strategy with Wishlist, and working with our researchers on their projects.

Prof. Alan Mackay-Sim
Dr Claudia Giurgiuman

Thanks to you all for your interest in the work of Wishlist and for the contribution to our many causes.

Get along to a 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids event if you can. We’d love to see you there!

Safety first for The House The Coast Built

Buildsafe is a national company with a big heart.  They’ve been tasked with ensuring the safety of everyone working to construct The House The Coast Built. And they’re doing it for free!

Answering the call to help Wishlist and Ausmar Homes build a home away from home for families with critically-ill loved ones at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the Sunshine Coast branch of Buildsafe have generously provided the scaffolding and manpower for the ambitious community project.

Buildsafe Account Manager, Aaron Weston said their donation of labour and materials was the least they could do.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for our team to support a project that we all care dearly about.

“Ausmar Homes has been a Buildsafe partner for a number of years. When they approached us to part of The House The Coast Built, we dived in head-first!”

Aaron has more than community spirit driving his support of the affordable accommodation project. He understands, first-hand, the importance of having a place to stay, close to hospital.

“We spent a week in ICU with the birth of my first daughter. We met multiple families, coming and going, that were being supported by the Ronald McDonald House.

“I believe these types of projects are so beneficial to the larger community and really touch our hearts,” said Mr Weston.

Close to 50 other businesses from across the Coast have come together to help build The House The Coast Built—a legacy to help thousands of families through a tough time.

The roof is set to go on the 6-bedroom, two-story home this week marking another major milestone for the project.

If you’d like to contribute to The House The Coast Built, visit www.thehousethecoastbuilt.org

Wishlist connects local businesses

It’s been dubbed the Sunshine Coast’s only app that gives back. The new-look WishlistConnect app is a tech-savvy, feel-good opportunity for businesses to support Wishlist, the local hospital foundation, through their sleek digital advertising platform, WishlistConnect.

The new app officially launched on Tuesday 28 May at the Best Western Lake Kawana to a crowd of representatives from local business including BOQ Maroochydore, Eye On IT, Sunshine Toyota, The Branding Office and Coastline BMW.

WishlistConnect initially launched in 2017 as a member benefits program for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service staff—a 7500-strong workforce. Now, with a face-lift and convenient app component, Wishlist Connect is an exciting addition to the foundations fundraising enterprise.

Wishlist Development & Operations Manager, Jeff McColl said the new app is a big step for Wishlist and it’s digital advertising platform.

“Our goal is to connect local businesses with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service staff while raising vital funds for medical equipment, support services like the local Clown Doctors, research and staff education.

“Businesses can advertise their latest offers on the app with ease and provide our amazing health staff and Wishlist community access to the best deals on the Coast.

“We’re so grateful to have a community of businesses that support Wishlist through WishlistConnect.

“We’re really excited to get it out there and hopefully encourage even more local businesses to support Wishlist and the local health service,” said Mr McColl.

WishlistConnect raises funds to support local hospitals through our partnership with local businesses. 100% of funds raised will benefit local patients and their families.

Head to wishlistconnect.org to learn more.

Hospital house back on track

After a month of rainy days, some much-needed sunshine has allowed construction of The House The Coast Built to get back on track. 

The team at QLD Construction & Carpentry dropped everything last week to take advantage of the clear skies, installing the steel frame for the two-story house in Birtinya with help from the crew at Chris Aitkin Crane Hire.

Both businesses jumped on board to help Wishlist and Ausmar Homes to build an affordable accommodation close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital by providing their materials and labour, free of charge.

Ausmar Homes Construction Manager Sean Fraser said the 6-bedroom house should have a roof by the end of the week if all goes to plan—another major milestone for the community project.

So far, almost 50 local businesses have donated their services to the project which is due for completion in September.

While construction of the house is moving full-steam-ahead, Wishlist are working to fill the house with everything a family might need during their stay at the hospital accommodation facility. To find out more or see how you can help provide families a little comfort at a time when it’s most needed, visit www.TheHouseTheCoastBuilt.org

Wishlist funds 19k for hospital staff education

More than 30 Sunshine Coast Health Staff have received education scholarships, totaling $19,045, from Wishlist to develop their skills and maintain the regions high level of health care.

A big portion of the funding will allow nine local midwives to complete a Lactation Consultant Examination Preparation Course—an important step in empowering the Sunshine Coast’s newest mums who are having issues with breastfeeding.

The 10-month course will also give these midwives the skills to deal with complex breastfeeding cases throughout the local health service, as International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants.

The funding will increase the number of consultants readily available to new mums.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital Midwife, Kirsten Lanagan, said the course will ensure she and fellow midwives can offer the highest quality care and, in turn, better health outcomes for our mothers.

“We know that Midwives play a vital role in supporting mums to establish and continue breastfeeding. We also know only a small portion of women breastfeed exclusively for more than six months. 

“Following an exam at the end of the course to become International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants, myself and eight other midwives will have a deeper knowledge of how to help mums overcome some of the issues that prevent continued breastfeeding. This course, and the skills gained from it, will directly benefit thousands of news mums on the Coast.

“We are very grateful to Wishlist for the support,” said Ms Lanagan.

The latest round of Staff Scholarship Funding is part of Wishlist’s $100,000 commitment to enhancing the local hospital experience for families through staff development—a commitment only possible because of the foundation’s ongoing support from local businesses.

Wishlist’s newest partnership with BoQ Buderim and Maroochydore has provided a valuable boost to the local health service.

BoQ Buderim owner, Marcus Henderson said the branches strong community focus is what prompted the partnership with Wishlist.

“After seeing the fantastic work achieved by Wishlist over the years, we wanted to get involved and contribute.

“BoQ Buderim is a very community focused local business and we saw Wishlist as the perfect partner in this respect,” said Mr. Henderson.

The partnership is a win for Wishlist and stands to benefit local families that will use the Sunshine Coast Health service, as well as hospital staff.

Owner of BoQ Maroochydore, Nicholas Barker, said he is thrilled to be supporting Wishlist and their work to enhance the local hospital experience through education and skill progression for staff, as well as many other important hospital services.

“Our community benefits greatly from the work of Wishlist. We’re proud to be a part of that.”

A place to rest: The House The Coast Built receives comfy donation

Yandina-based business, The Mattress Company, has become a major donor of The House The Coast Built for the second time, signing onto the project to provide more than $10,000 worth of mattresses for families doing it tough.

The mattresses will be used to furnish the six-bedroom facility in Birtinya which is currently being built by Wishlist and Ausmar Homes for families with loved-ones undergoing life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Operating on the Coast for the more than a decade, Mattress Company owners Robert and Shelley Boesten said they’re excited to be part of the major community project, again.

“We have two children and we know we landed softly compared to many other parents, as we’ve never needed any significant medical support for them,” Mr Boesten said.

“Of course, like most people though, we have watched friends deal with all that comes with having a sick or disabled child and it gives you a greater sense of gratefulness for the hand your own family has been dealt,” he said.

“Above all, the Sunshine Coast has been very good to us, so it was an easy decision to come on board and give back to the community that’s supported us for many years.”

The Mattress Company joins a group of more than 50 local businesses that have answered the call to construct a much-needed home away from home for families from the Coast and beyond, who need to stay close to hospital.

The donation of mattresses will ensure those staying at the house can get the rest they need to support their sick loved-ones. 

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said The Mattress Company are true local heroes whose kind donation will help thousands of people through a tough time, for many years to come.

“Thanks to generosity of Ausmar Homes and many local businesses, we aim create a haven for families to return to after long and often very stressful days in hospital. The donation of mattresses will give many a good night’s sleep when they need it most,” Ms Rowe said. Wishlist has set up an online shop for anyone who would like to contribute to the project by purchasing a house-hold item for the home. If you can help, visit www.thehousethecoastbuilt.org

Local plasterer pitches in to build hospital house

It’s a community effort like no other. The House The Coast Built is relying solely on the generosity of local businesses and families to construct the 6-bedroom accommodation facility for families with loved-ones undergoing life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

More than 30 local businesses, big and small, have answered the call for help, including local plastering company, OzSet.

The Buderim-based business is only 10-strong but were all too willing to pitch in and help with the local legacy project. They’re donating their time and resources to do all plasterboard wall and ceiling linings for the large house in Birtinya.

OzSet Managing Director, Sharon Canavan, felt compelled to help Wishlist’s plight to build affordable hospital accommodation after attending the 2018 Wishlist Spring Carnival.

“I attended the Spring Carnival and wanted to help such a wonderful charity and cause.

“When I was 17, a close family friend’s daughter was hospitalised with Leukemia in Melbourne. The family were able to stay close by at Ronald McDonald House and it made a big difference to them,” said Sharon.

The experience stayed with Sharon, who went on to volunteer her time to help-out at the House where she could.

“I volunteered with children at the Ronald McDonald House and saw first-hand the amazing impact accommodation close to their ill loved-ones had on families.”

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said it’s stories like Sharon’s that has sparked an overwhelming community response to the accommodation project.

“Our primary focus is to keep families together at a time when the support of loved ones is needed the most, and anyone who has found themselves in this situation will know how important that is.

“For many families finding affordable accommodation close to the hospital is very difficult, especially for extended periods of time. Building The House The Coast Built will create a haven for families to return to after long and often very stressful days in hospital. The amazing support we’ve seen from the community reinforces the need for this type of home,” Ms Rowe said.

Wishlist has set up an online shop for anyone who would like to contribute to the project by purchasing a house-hold item for the house. If you can help, visit www.thehousethecoastbuilt.org

Wishlist wrap – April

Despite Easter, Anzac Day and what feels like weeks of rain we’ve managed a month like no other at Wishlist.

It began with the announcement of a whopping $12million in federal funding to Wishlist for emergency accommodation to support patients and their families relying on the services of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and beyond. 

This project is not simply about providing accommodation.  This five-to eight-storey building will be an innovative collaboration between not-for-profit organisations to support the work of the Coast’s local hospital foundation, Wishlist. The facility will offer the following benefits to the Sunshine Coast community:

  • Provide Wishlist with an additional funding source to sustain the floor of patient/family accommodation and continue to enhance local health services with in-hospital services like Clown Doctors and music, pet and yoga therapy, equipment, staff education and importantly, local research funding
  • Provide an escape from the clinical environment of a hospital but within 5 minutes walk to a patient’s appointment, or a loved one in hospital

  • Provide a comfortable and affordable accommodation option for patients and families, close to both hospitals
  • Provide a one-stop-shop for services that supplement medical care, and offer specialised support to those needing additional physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual

Support

Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace MP, worked hard to secure this funding for Wishlist and for the Coast community, and we simply can’t thank him enough.  This grant funding paves the way for a brighter future for Wishlist, local health services, and the countless families who will benefit from the services offered by this facility. 

Thanks also to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt MP for his vision … and $12million!

I’d also like to extend a very warm welcome to Maroochydore andBuderim BOQ to the Wishlist Partnerships Program. BOQ join a special group of local businesses that support the important work we do. We’re so happy to have them on our team!


The House the Coast Built

The slab is down, spirits are up but the rain has halted the build this month on The House the Coast Built.  We’re gearing up again with the many contractors of Ausmar Homes to get the six-bedroom, six-bathroom home finished as soon as possible, and ready for families that need to be close to SCUH.

Reed House


Our accommodation facility at Nambour celebrated ten years this month.   Our team of amazing volunteers keep the doors open for weary guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We’re so proud of the work they do and so grateful for their efforts.

Fun Run

Our second annual Wishlist Fun Run raised almost $30,000 and got 450 of our closest friends up early on a Sunday morning!  Thanks to all who took part and to Stockland, QSuper and the Wishlist team for making it happen.

What we’ve purchased

  • $32,000 for a 3D Radiation Therapy Printer – thanks to a grant from the Queensland Community Gambling Benefits Fund.
  • $5,000 for resources for the hearing impaired at our hospitals – thanks to the Honda Foundation.
  • $600 for MP3 plays and music resources for the Mental Health Intensive Care Unit
  • $7229 for Paediatric Critical Care Early Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Equipment

What’s on the horizon

Australian Doctors Orchestra

I’ll be there on Sunday 12st May so come and join me, along with some of our beautiful volunteers, for a special Mothers Day afternoon.

Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids

Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids is on again in June. Check out the full calendar of events here which includes the inaugural Ride for Kids at Aura Central thanks to Stockland.

Last year’s record tally of $606,000 was largely possible thanks to a number of $25,000 donors, some of whom attended the recent Red Hot Summer Tour and met John Farnham, thanks to our media partner and major donor 92.7Mix FM.

Cherie from Capricorn Roofing (25k donor) with Tony from Just Better Care and friend Heidi

Finally, at months end we called for photos depicting kindness and compassion, knowing full well that we’d have an abundance of those given the team that we know and love here at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. 

The winner of our staff competition (and $150 gift card) is Karen Croker from Maleny Hospital who sent in this heart warming photo of a patient being visited by a member of Maleny Light Horse Troop. We will enter this image in the Queensland Community Foundation’s photo competition for a chance to win another $500 for Karen and $2,000 for Wishlist.  Thanks to everyone who contributed beautiful photos.

Thank you

There are always so many people to thank in our amazing community. This month, I’d like to acknowledge the support of Sunshine Toyota and their commitment to the Hospital’s Extended Midwifery Service.

Thanks to the generosity of Sunshine Toyota, the service now has a new car in the fleet, allowing Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s midwives to visit even more of the Coast’s newest bubs in their homes.

Wishlist Connect

Our platform has grown into an app and we launch on May 28!  The launch will see a range of new advertisers and offers and our aim is to have every Health team member signed-up and redeeming offers … saving you money and raising funds for our work through the advertiser dollars.  Check it out here but remember, it’s bigger and better from the end of May!

Lisa – Wishlist CEO

Heroes of the House: Format Kitchens

Having somewhere to make a cup of tea and a home cooked meal can make all the difference for families doing it tough.

Fortunately, the 30-strong team at Format Kitchens have stepped up to donate their time and materials to install an amazing kitchen plus vanities and entertainment units for The House The Coast Built, helping Wishlist and Ausmar Homes build a home away from home close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for families with critically ill loved ones.

The Warana-based kitchen company are not new to Wishlist’s cause, having worked on two previous house projects as well as The House For Life Project for Brisbane’s Mater Foundation. The Format Kitchen crew are true local heroes.

General Manager of Format Kitchens, David Austin, knows all too well the importance of affordable accommodation for families when a child or loved-one becomes ill.

“Recently close friends of mine were six months into a 12-month family trip around Australia in a caravan, when they found out their nine-year-old daughter had a brain tumour.”

“Luckily accommodation was available and the family are currently staying in Ronald McDonald House in Perth, while their daughter undergoes treatment,” said Mr Austin.

David’s story is a common one. Last year alone, 124 children admitted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital were from interstate or overseas.

More than 30 other businesses from across the Coast and their employees have come together to help Wishlist and Ausmar Homes build The House The Coast Built—a legacy to help thousands of families through a tough time.

If you’d like to contribute to The House The Coast Built, visit www.thehousethecoastbuilt.org

Reed House celebrates 10 years

For 10 years Reed House—Wishlist’s affordable accommodation facility in Nambour—has given more than 16,000 patients and families a place to stay when they need to be close to hospital.

Today the ‘house’ turns 10, marking a decade of amazing service to its community. The real heroes however, are the volunteers who give up their time to ensure everyone who stays at Reed House is made to feel welcome and at home. 

Toowoomba couple, Tony and Judy Brown, have praised the facility and the kind-hearted volunteers that run it, as they enter their third week at the accommodation.

In early March, the Brown’s rushed to be with their 57-year-old daughter, Michelle James, at the sunshine Coast University Hospital, without any plan or thought about where they were going to stay once they got to her.

“Our son called us to say that Michelle had suffered a stroke following her surgery. We spent ten minutes throwing a few days’ worth of clothes in a bag before we were in the car driving to the Sunshine Coast. We didn’t have time to think about anything except getting to our daughter.

“That was more than three weeks ago. We’ve been at Shelley’s bedside every day and there is no indication of when we might be able to go home,” said Mr Brown.

Tony and Judy spent the first few nights at a hotel near the hospital but said it was far too expensive for them.

“Our son ended up paying our bill at the hotel but we weren’t sure where to go from there. Luckily, a social worker at the Hospital told us about Reed House.”

Within hours, Tony and Judy were on their way to Reed House—neither of them knowing how long they would be there for.

 “We were met by the most caring, lovely people – we immediately felt like we were among family,” said Mrs Brown.

“The compassion and empathy we were shown on arrival, after what had been a very stressful few days, was just amazing. We were so grateful and couldn’t believe these wonderful people were all volunteers!

“They greet you as family. They have so much empathy and are just so caring. And they know when to ask how things are going and when to let you have your privacy. They’ve even brought their own book collections in because they know we love to read,” she said.

The elderly Toowoomba parents agreed that the facility and its volunteers had been their lifeline.

“Without Reed House, we would not be able to stay close to our daughter when she needs us most. And being able to wash our clothes and cook and generally feel at home, has made all the difference.”

The 10th anniversary of Reed House comes just one week after Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced $12million in funding for Wishlist towards future emergency hospital accommodation to support the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

Wishlist and Ausmar Homes have also commenced work on The House The Coast Built—a six-bedroom home near SCUH to help more families stay together while their loved-ones receive life-saving treatment at the Hospital. 

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said the need for affordable accommodation are only going to increase.

“As our health service grows, so too will the need for affordable accommodation. We’re thrilled to have provided accommodation to thousands of families and patients through Reed House, and we look forward to providing more accommodation resources to families from the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

“Today we celebrate Reed House and the amazing team of volunteers who make it home for everyone who needs a place to stay close to the hospital,” said Ms Rowe.  

Reed House offers affordable accommodation for patients and their families, receiving ongoing or emergency treatment at SCUH, Nambour Hospital, Selengor or Genesis CancerCare.

Patients who live outside a 50km radius of public specialist medical services may also be eligible for a subsidy to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation. A night’s accommodation starts at $60 but the Patient Travel Subsidy may mean both the patient and a loved one stay at the facility, beside Nambour Hospital, at no cost.