Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Multi-Million Dollar Win Little Haven's $4M Windfall; State Govt Comes to the Party for Big-Hearted Little Haven

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Multi-Million Dollar Win Little Haven's $4M Windfall; State Govt Comes to the Party for Big-Hearted Little Haven

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THE future of vital Gympie charity Little Haven Palliative Care is guaranteed following confirmation yesterday of an extra $4million in funding from the State Government.

This follows Federal Government funding of $750,000 over three years announced earlier this month.

About 2000 Gympie region families have been directly helped by Little Haven.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the additional funding would be provided over four years to ensure patients could continue to access community-based palliative care.

"We've been talking to palliative care organisations like Little Haven for nearly a year now to understand how we can better fund accessible palliative care services as part of our review into the sector," Mr Miles said.

"What we found was that patients really valued the service provided by Little Haven but that they needed additional funding if they deliver these vital services for more people.

"Patients expect to be able to follow through with their wishes that they pass away at home or in a home-like setting, and this additional funding ensures that they can."

Mr Miles said the $4million boost was in addition to the almost $317,000 the Palaszczuk Government had already provided to the service in 2018-19.

"We know that the Sunshine Coast's growing and ageing population means that there will be an increased demand on these types of services in the coming years, so this funding allows Little Haven to keep up with those demands," he said.

Little Haven CEO Sue Manton thanked Mr Miles and Queensland Health "for this incredible announcement".

"This is something that has been a long time coming and I really want to acknowledge the work that has been done to get us here," she said.

"This is fantastic recognition for the model of care our community has built in caring for our dying. …

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