The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for New England
The Hon Michelle Landry MP
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism
Federal Member for Capricornia
Dr Vicki Richmond
Fitzroy Community Hospice Board Chair
The Federal Coalition Government has committed $8 million in funding to the Fitzroy Community Hospice which will provide access to comprehensive community-based palliative care to Central Queensland.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the 12-bed facility based in Rockhampton will be the first regional Hospice in the state and will provide dedicated, holistic end-of-life care in the community and support families and carers.
“Adequate access to palliative care in Central Queensland has been a concern raised with me for some time,” Ms Landry said.
“I met the board of the Fitzroy Community Hospice in June and I am pleased this centre will be able to support and guide patients and their families through the most difficult of times when it is up and running.
“I fought hard for this service as it is absolutely crucial that comprehensive access to community-based palliative care is available in Central Queensland.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, credited Ms Landry for her fierce advocacy for her electorate.
“Michelle Landry, the passionate advocate, delivers once again for Capricornia. I do not know a political figure more effective than Michelle,” Mr Joyce said.
“From her work with Ken O’Dowd for Rookwood Weir, advocacy for the Rockhampton Hospital carpark, Aquatic Centre in Yeppoon to a Headspace facility in Sarina. She just keeps delivering.
“I look forward to visiting Rockhampton and the site of the Fitzroy Community Hospice.”
Board Chair of the Fitzroy Community Hospice Dr Vicki Richmond said the Federal Government’s commitment is fantastic news for the people of Central Queensland, who until now, have been unable to access the community-based end-of-life care and support a Hospice provides.
“The Fitzroy Community Hospice team of volunteers has worked tirelessly over the last 10 months. We are committed to establishing a community Hospice to enable those with life limiting conditions to live well, spend less time in hospital and be cared for in their place of preference,” Dr Richmond said.
“Overwhelming support has been received from local stakeholders, including Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, and our community. No family is untouched by the challenges faced at the end-of-life, the need for improved access to palliative care services in our region is urgent.
“A peaceful 12 bed home-like facility will be created; an end-of-life setting surrounded by gardens & rural views and which welcomes, encourages, and supports families & carers. The facility will also provide administration and meetings spaces that will be utilised as a hub for community outreach care, to deliver holistic support services, and as a venue for education & training.”