Opposition promises to fund expanded support for families in regional Australia
In exciting news today Shadow Minister Of Health, Catherine King and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced their commitment, should they be elected to Government later this year, to provide Camp Quality with at least $3.7 million over 3 years to enable us to expand our current Family Liaison Coordinator network by 9 positions.Our Family Liaison Coordinators give to families dealing with their child’s cancer diagnosis in metropolitan hospitals. However, after speaking with families about their needs on returning home, our CEO Kylea Tink realised that we need to do more.
“The idea to expand our network of Family Liaison Coordinators was inspired by anecdotal feedback we were receiving from our families about how traumatic it can be to go from the reassuring and supportive environment often found in a children’s hospital to a home environment where the services may simply not exist.”
“Time and again we heard that families simply didn’t really know where to begin to find the resources they may be able to tap into for additional support.”
“In this context we conceived the idea of expanding the network we have already established in the metropolitan centres to enable our city-based Family Liaison Coordinators to hand families onto their regional counterparts as they return home: ultimately giving families some continuity in contact and a friendly face and approach that they already know and trust,” Kylea says.
By expanding our network of Family Liaison Coordinators into communities outside the metropolitan basins, Camp Quality will be able to extend the duration of support for families facing the daily ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis including the challenging time following a family’s return home.
Camp Quality has never received any substantial funding from the federal or state government in the past. So we are very grateful to the Opposition for recognising this priority and making such a strong commitment. Funding such as this can help us reach many more of the 10,000 families dealing with the impacts of childhood cancer across Australia every year.
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