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Jill Hennessy MP, Christine Couzens MP, Mr Jason Trethowan from Western Victoria Primary Health Network and Anam Cara Geelong's Patron Mr Frank Costa OAM shared morning tea alongside some of our Board Members, Nursing and Administration staff, Volunteers, and Day Respite Guests at Anam Cara Geelong this morning.
During the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy MP's visit to Anam Cara Geelong a fantastic announcement for funding from the Government’s new end-of-life framework, which is supporting more people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers was made. Here at Anam Cara House we provide support for carers of people with a life-limiting illness within the Geelong region, providing day respite and short term overnight respite.
Anam Cara Geelong will receive $120,000 to lead a 12–month project with the Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium, and their service providers, to identify gaps and options to improve respite services for families across the region.
The project will consider the important role that volunteers play in providing high-quality respite care

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Future looks bright as Anam Cara celebrates $5 million bipartisan funding commitment towards building a new hospice

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The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Geelong on Tuesday, May 24 (during National Palliative Care week) where he and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson MP met with representatives of Anam Cara Geelong at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus.

On the agenda was the Coalition's commitment of $5 million in Federal Government funding towards the building of a new purpose-built 20-bed hospice facility; and the need for improved hospice services with Anam Cara House considered a best-practice model for end-of-life care and carer support.

Representing Anam Cara Geelong at the meeting were Ambassador Bob Gartland, Patron Frank Costa, Board Chair Diana Taylor, Chief Executive Officer Helen Hunter and Health Operations Manager Gill Robertson.

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Member for Corio, Richard Marles MP, Labor Candidate for Corangamite, Libby Coker, and Member for Ballarat and Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King MP announced the Labor Party would match the Coalition's $5 million funding commitment if successful at the July 2 election.

The announcement was made during a visit to Anam Cara House on Thursday, June 2. The Labor representatives toured the House and spent time chatting with Day Hospice guests and Anam Cara supporter Darren Longridge (pictured bottom left, with Anam Cara Board Chair Diana Taylor) husband of Annie Cavanagh, whose end-of-life care at Anam Cara House late last year was the story used in our current Annual Giving Appeal.

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