Noosa LNP candidate James Blevin pledges support for Katie Rose Cottage Hospice alongside LNP health spokeswoman Ros Bates and Carol Raye..
Noosa LNP candidate James Blevin pledges support for Katie Rose Cottage Hospice alongside LNP health spokeswoman Ros Bates and Carol Raye..

Promised funds would bring new life to hospice

Taking in the lush Doonan bushland setting of Katie Rose Cottage Hospice it is possible to see why 91 people in under two years have chosen to end their lives peacefully under expert palliative care.

According to Katie Rose Hospice chair Carol Raye, there is such a thing as having a beautiful death.

“It’s a beautiful place here, we’re so proud that the community has helped us to put this here,” Ms Raye said.

Katie Rose Cottage
Katie Rose Cottage

The ability of Katie Rose to keep providing this end of life care has been bolstered by a pledge by the LNP to provide $600,000 towards its annual running costs.

The support was announced during a visit to the centre by LNP health spokeswoman Ros Bates and the LNP candidate for Noosa James Blevin.

Katie Rose Cottage CEO John Gabrielson said the funding promise, if delivered, would ensure the facility’s sustainability and possible future expansion of rooms and nursing care.

Ms Bates said as a registered nurse she knew how important the services were for the patients and their families.

Candidate James Blevin with LNP's Ros Bates and Katie Rose Cottage's Carol Raye.
Candidate James Blevin with LNP's Ros Bates and Katie Rose Cottage's Carol Raye.

“This funding will make a significant difference to the accredited, not-for-profit 24/7 palliative care service, which is provided by professional nurses and carers for those facing terminal illness,” Ms Bates said.

“The LNP’s commitment will help Katie Rose Cottage provide more services for more patients in a major funding boost over the next four years.”

Mr Blevin said there was a strong response to a petition he started calling for greater support to fund Katie Rose nurses’ salaries for three years.

“It’s obvious to everyone except the Palaszczuk Labor Government that this hospice is essential and deserves more funding,” Mr Blevin said.

“As the only functioning hospice servicing the northern Sunshine Coast and Noosa Katie Rose is an imperative palliative care provider,” he said.

Health Minister Steven Miles told media the State Government had been contributing significant funds to palliative care services including the Sunshine Coast and would continue to do so.

Ms Raye said it was also important to acknowledge the support provided by the State Government under the state’s services agreement for this accredited facility.


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