Ipswich Hospice Care nominated for Volunteering Impact Award – Ipswich & West Moreton

Ipswich Hospice Care Inc has been nominated for the Queensland Volunteering Awards for its palliative care and bereavement service in Ipswich and the West Moreton region. By supporting the needs of the community, it is ensuring the development of healthy and strong community infrastructure.

The not-for-profit, that employs 45 staff and is supported by 151 volunteers who work in the office and reception areas, fundraising, kitchen, bereavement support, book shop and in the maintenance of the building and grounds, has been nominated for the Volunteering Impact Award.

According to Paul Brew, General Manager volunteer at the organisation, 20,921 hours were donated by volunteers last financial year.

Mr Brew said that Ipswich Hospice Care has a “no set fee” for Guest Care or Bereavement Support but donations towards covering the costs of care are appreciated. Care and support is provided to the people of Ipswich and the wider region regardless of their creed, race or financial circumstances therefore equity of access to all residents of the community is ensured.

“This principle and philosophy allows those whose finances are an issue along with their terminal illness to receive quality and evidence based holistic palliative care.”

“Palliative care is care that is provided to people who have a progressing terminal illness that will lead to death. Cure is no longer the aim of treatment; instead the focus is on maintaining the best quality of life for each person.”

Mr Brew ensures that “Ipswich Hospice Care can benefit the dying and their loved ones by:

  • Allowing terminally ill people and their families to remain together in the comfort and dignity of ‘home-like’ surroundings.
  • Providing expert pain and symptom management allowing a terminally ill person to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
  • Treating the person, not the disease.
  • Focusing on quality not quantity of life.
  • Providing an interdisciplinary team of knowledgeable professionals and volunteers to care for people and their loved ones who are experiencing a life-limiting illness.
  • Providing a cost-effective alternative to the high costs of hospitals and traditional institutional care. Many people find hospice provides financial relief.”

“A good death gives people dignity, choice and support to address their physical, personal, psychological, social and spiritual needs.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Queensland Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.