Elmes calls for re-structure of Sunshine Hospice Board

18 December 2015

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes has today written to the Chair of Sunshine Hospice, Dr Frank Lewins urging a re-structure of the Board so at the very least, professional expertise can be added to it to increase the understanding of governance, government funding and government relations.

“The Board and staff and volunteers at Sunshine Hospice have provided an outstanding service of care for over 350 terminally ill patients since the Hospice began operation.

“The Hospice is an outstanding facility.  It is community-based and community-focused.  It not only must re-open but the Community Hospice Model must spread and develop as it has in the United Kingdom and New Zealand,” Glen Elmes said.

“With the Hospice closed I am also concerned that donations to the Op Shops may start to dwindle which could place further pressure on the administration and funding of the Hospice.

“It is an absolute necessity that a new comprehensive business model be established for Sunshine Hospice which includes the addition of solid community partnerships and more importantly, sound financial arrangements with the Queensland Government that up until this point in time has not happened.

“I have urged the Board to use the Christmas break to establish a new business model which further incorporates the local community and most importantly, will provide the State Government with a business model it can fund with confidence,” Glen Elmes said. ENDS