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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.”