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Feds commit $1.5m to fund Katie Rose Cottage Hospice expansion

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The Federal Government has pledged $1.5 million to fund an extension to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, expanding access to end of life and palliative care services for people in Noosa and on the Sunshine Coast.

Katie Rose Cottage Hospice has been providing end of life and palliative care services for people in the region since 2016.

The extension will see two new rooms added to the hospice, increasing its capacity from three to five beds.

This will allow more than 20 additional people to receive care each year, depending on their length of stay.

A second lounge room, an administrative area and storage room will also be added.

The extension will create 15 jobs during construction and an additional five ongoing positions to support the expanded service.

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Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien says Katie Rose Cottage is a much-loved and treasured part of the Noosa community, and its expansion will enable more people to experience high quality care in a peaceful setting.

“Katie Rose Cottage Hospice is a place of peace, tranquillity and serenity, providing dedicated, professional and compassionate care, in a comfortable home environment,” Mr O’Brien says.

“Upon entering the hospice, you know you are in a warm and welcoming place.

“Everyone here invests their time, skills and energy to give personalised, respectful and supportive end of life care, in a range of ways, including providing direct care, cooking and cleaning, and maintaining and creating new spaces to relax in the beautiful landscaped gardens.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce says expanding the service will ensure more locals get appropriate care at the right time.

“Navigating the final stage of life can be very challenging for a person and their loved ones,” Mr Joyce says.

“Our commitment to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice will mean more Sunshine Coast residents approaching the end of their life can access the level and type of care they need in their final weeks and months.

“Community-led services like this allow people to live well, spend less time in hospital and be cared for in their place of preference. Where possible, we want to reduce hospitalisation for palliative care. 

Construction will start in the coming months and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

 

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