- Site transferred to the Child and Adolescent Health Service following approval by State Parliament
- New concept design images released for WA's first children's hospice at the confirmed Swanbourne location
- Seven bed, three family accommodation suite hospice anticipated to open in 2024
- $4 million Lotterywest grant to support construction and fit out of the purpose-built facility which will provide care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families
Western Australia's first children's hospice is one step closer with Swanbourne being confirmed as the location, following the transfer of land by the McGowan Government to the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS).
The new children's hospice will be built on Crown Land at the former site of the Swanbourne Bowling Club in Odern Crescent, Swanbourne.
The hospice will be made possible through a partnership between the McGowan Government, Child and Adolescent Health Service and the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation.
Premier Mark McGowan, Health Minister Roger Cook and representatives from the partnership visited the new Swanbourne site to reveal the latest concept design images for the hospice.
Today, the Premier announced a $4 million Lotterywest grant to the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation towards the construction of what will be Western Australia's first children's hospice.
Construction of the hospice is anticipated to begin in late 2022 and it is planned to open in 2024. It will include seven beds and three family accommodation suites for families, ensuring the service will be able to provide for regional families as well as those based in Perth.
The Foundation will provide funding for the construction, fit out and ongoing non-operational costs of the hospice while CAHS will be responsible for governance, management and ongoing operational clinical and support services funding.
The design of the hospice will incorporate shared family and play rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and therapy rooms, and a community garden adjacent to the facility.
The hospice will provide outreach support and bereavement care to children and families in WA.
The hospice is estimated to cost $25 million to build with the $4 million Lotterywest grant secured to help with the cost.
The McGowan Government has committed $3.2 million for project planning and an increase to the current service capacity of the WA Paediatric Palliative Care Service.
The hospice will be the central hub from which State-wide paediatric palliative care services are coordinated to support holistic care for children and their families across WA.
There are 2,000 children (and their families) living in Western Australia with a life-limiting illness.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"WA's first children's hospice is another step closer to being established for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
"This location in Swanbourne is an ideal location for Western Australia's first children's hospice, surrounded by nature and close to the ocean. Its intimate design will provide a home away from home for families that will need this support.
"The Perth Children's Hospital Foundation has shown its commitment to delivering this unique facility and I want to thank them for their ongoing support for WA's first children's hospice.
"The State Government, through Lotterywest, is supporting the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation in their efforts and I thank everyone involved for their hard work to date."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The transfer of land is an exciting milestone that brings this project one step closer.
"A children's hospice will provide Western Australian families with choice in the way they wish to access care.
"We already have wonderful services available here in WA, but this hospice will give families the choice of accessing care away from a hospital environment.
"The partnership between the McGowan Government, Child and Adolescent Health Service and Perth Children's Hospital Foundation will make this hospice a reality, along with the support of the Western Australian community."
Comments attributed to Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Chairman Hon. Ian Campbell:
"We are delighted the children's hospice is one step closer now the site at Allen Park has been secured by the State Government.
"Concurrently the project team has further refined the requirements for the hospice that will serve the needs of palliative care patients and families for decades to come and now have revised the architectural concepts to reflect their needs.
"The next step is to turn these concepts into formal designs which we hope to have finalised this calendar year. We look forward to sharing these with the wider community.
"The Lotterywest funding is a welcome and vital step to support the construction phase and will allow the project team to deliver a world class facility without compromising the needs of WA's palliative care families."
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