What is Fitzroy Community Hospice?
Fitzroy Community Hospice is a not-for-profit charitable organisation committed to the establishment of Central Queensland’s first hospice.
The hospice intends to provide end of life and respite care onsite in a 12-bed home-like facility that is peaceful and surrounded by gardens. Community outreach care by palliative care nurses 24/7 will also be a key component, this will support and enable patients to stay at home if this is their wish. Holistic support services including bereavement support will be provided for patients, families, and carers. Advanced care planning education and training will be available to the wider community.
It is envisaged that there will be no out-of-pocket cost for core services and that care will be available to people of all ages with an advanced life-limiting condition, not just those with cancer.
Care onsite will be available to people residing across Central Queensland and outreach care will initially be for those living in and around Rockhampton & the Capricorn Coast.
Fitzroy Community Hospice will collaborate with existing specialist and community-based palliative care services and seek to improve integration and coordination of patient care. Community support will be crucial, and volunteers will play a vital role.