The Sunshine Coast’s leading health charity has announced two unique partnerships that will provide a circle of care to patients and families while they face medical treatment.
Local cancer support service Bloomhill Cancer Care and TAFE Queensland will partner with not-for-profit organisation Wishlist to provide vital services within the organisation’s new flagship project, Wishlist Centre.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe says she is thrilled to announce the first partnerships as part of the new facility, which is currently under construction in Birtinya.
“These partners align with the facility’s vision, offering a range of supportive services that will benefit patients and carers – including yoga therapy, meditation classes, acupuncture, massage, counselling, reflexology, beauty and hairdressing,” Ms Rowe says.
“This time next year, patients will only need to cross the road before or after treatment to receive a little extra care during their health journey.”
Bloomhill Cancer Care CEO Christopher John says through the partnership, individualised support for people impacted by cancer will be within arm’s length of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“As a provider of community-based wellness services to people living with cancer and their loved ones, we see the potential of this facility to bring the community together to access the health services they need,” Mr John says.
“In collaboration with Wishlist, we plan to provide allied health, therapies and clinical nursing services we know make a difference to those touched by cancer, supporting the great treatment that people receive at Sunshine Coast hospitals and health services.”
Local students at TAFE Queensland will also provide extra services to patients and families accessing Wishlist Centre.
TAFE Queensland faculty director for Community Services, Health and Sport (East Coast) Robyn Littlejohn says the unique partnership will open the door for students to put the skills they are learning into “real world” practice.
“TAFE Queensland is looking forward to working with Wishlist and providing our beauty, hairdressing, massage, horticulture, hospitality, events and barista students with more opportunities to gain hands-on experience with such a respected charity organisation, while making a valuable contribution to our community,” Ms Littlejohn says.
The four-level $14-million Wishlist Centre project was launched in late July and is expected to open in mid-2022.
Wishlist is currently fundraising for an additional $2 million through their ‘Let’s Get 2 It’ appeal to ensure the facility is all it must be for patients and families.
To find out more about the new centre, or how to donate, visit wishlistcentre.org.au.