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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 ( 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.


Gympie Soiree – celebrating 150 years of Gympie Hospital

Hundreds of Hospital Staff turned out in style on Saturday, 20 October to celebrate Gympie Hospitals 150th anniversary.

The function was an opportunity for staff and community members to pay tribute to more than a century of outstanding health service.

The celebrationGympie soiree was successful in bringing the community together to acknowledge the important work of Gympie Hospital, and appreciate the advances in Gympie’s health service over the years.

In addition to this, the event managed to raise an impressive figure over $12,000 for Wishlist to dedicate to fund staff education, equipment and support programs in Gympie.

Gympie Hospital Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Nicole White said the event was a great success and a great opportunity for current and former work colleagues to reconnect and share memories while celebrating our wonderful hospital.


Calling for community support – The House the Coast Built

We are calling on the local Sunshine Coast community to rally behind The House the Coast Built to help create a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

House-the-Coast-Built-Logo-Portrait“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,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“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.”

Funds raised from 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids as well as those from this year’s very successful Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch made it possible to purchase the land in a prime location, walking distance from the Hospital.

Wishlist is now calling out for support from local trades and suppliers as well as anyone else who feels they can contribute to the success of the project.

THTCB 1We are incredibly lucky to have the wonderful team at Ausmar Homes back on board for this project and we don’t underestimate the value of their contribution in making this house a reality. This will be the fourth House the Coast Built completed in partnership with Ausmar Homes.

Ausmar Ambassador Darren Lockyer is also on board with The House the Coast Built and is working to raise awareness of this project.

Ausmar Homes Business Unit Manager Josh Green said, “those who come on board can take great satisfaction in the long-term contribution they are making to our community.”

“This is an opportunity to genuinely make a difference to people’s lives at a time when it really matters.

“At this stage we encourage anyone wanting to come on board to get in touch.  We are looking for building supplies, trades people, landscaping and furniture to turn this into a welcoming home for those who need it.”

For those looking for more information on how to get involved, please call Lisa Wilson on 0411 853 777. To find out more about Wishlist and The House the Coast Built, please visit

The House The Coast Built

We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with Ausmar Homes and local contractors to build the fourth The House The Coast Built.

Our most ambitious project yet, we’re planning to build an affordable accommodation facility for families with loved-ones receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“Many faHouse-the-Coast-Built-Logo-Portraitmilies travel great distances to support their loved-ones, often children, undergoing life-saving treatment at our Sunshine Coast University Hospital”, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“We are so very grateful and excited to announce that Wishlist have secured a piece of land in Birtinya – walking distance to the Hospital – with plans to build a house to accommodate a number of guests. And to ensure families can stay together when family love and support matters most”.

With funds raised from 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids and other initiatives, Wishlist have purchased a piece of land close to the Hospital. Settlement is set for Friday 12 October, marking the official start to this massive The House The Coast Built project.

A true Sunshine Coast legacy, the project will be a community effort, with trades and services being donated from across the region.

Wishlist have partnered with Ausmar Homes, 92.7 Mix FM, The Sunshine Coast Daily, WIN News & Fresh PR to make this project possible.

Teddy bear donation spreads joy to hundreds of little patients

A donation of 280 teddy bears to Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Wishlist, has brought smiles to the faces of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s smallest patients.

Donated by home styling company, Lorraine Lea, the bears will be handed out to children in the Hospital’s Paediatric wards, who will bravely undergo treatment for a range of illnesses in the coming months.

Aria Jackson with PJ Bear

On Thursday, October 10, local Lorraine Lea leaders, Cassie Dodds and Jodi Hamlyn-Harris dropped in to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s Paediatric Outpatient Unit to surprise the kids with a very special ‘Super PJ Bear’.

Jodi Hamlyn-Harris (Lorraine Lea), little Aria Jackson, Mum Jade Jackson, Cassie Dodds (Lorraine Lea)

“We are so chuffed to be able to present the PJ Bears on behalf of Lorraine Lea”, said Jodi.

“Lorraine Lea is such a beautiful company that is always giving back to the community, especially to children in need. We feel incredibly proud to be able to donate these bears”, said Cassie.

Paediatric Outpatient Clinical Nurse, Sue Maclean, said the bears offer many benefits to the kids undergoing treatment at the Hospital.

“There’s nothing better than seeing a smile on the kids’ faces. Often, they’re not having the best day, so these bears are a welcomed distraction. And when the kids are smiling, Mum and Dad are smiling, too. Everyone is happier,” said Ms Maclean.

Close to 2000 bears were donated by Lorraine Lea hosts and guests to paediatric wards in hospitals around Australia.

Wishlist provide ongoing support to Sunshine Coast Hospital’s paediatric units, including the recent funding of $6952 for iPads as diversional therapy for children undergoing surgery and the extension of the popular local Clown Doctor service for another two years – valued at $110,800.