Sick children soon to access palliative care closer to home

KIDS living with "life-limited conditions" will soon be able to access medical help and services a little closer to home.

Two beds have been allocated to regional, rural or remote families at Queensland's only hospice centre, to be built by Mackay's Woollam Constructions.

The faces behind the Hummingbird House, Paul and Gabrielle Quilliam, met with Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford yesterday, to branch out and then meet regional families in dire need of palliative services.

Mr Quilliam said more than 3700 children in Queensland are in need of specialist care and attention, yet can only access services if families travel to Sydney or Melbourne.

The Hummingbird House is set to operate as an eight-bed, around-the-clock medical facility, and the building will provide five fully self-contained family units, as well as a suite for end-of-life care.

Families will only have to travel to Brisbane to access these services when it opens mid-April next year.

"We had a child with a life-limited condition when we were foster parents, and a life-limited condition doesn't just affect the child, it affects everyone around them," Mrs Quilliam said.

"We wanted to reach out and start asking questions about how we can support families here in Mackay and other regional and remote areas."

**Hummingbird House has partnered with Mackay Regional Council to hold a fundraiser on May 29, 2016, to raise donations for the palliative care centre. More details will come closer to the date.



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