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Addressing the gap in palliative care funding for under 65s
Photograph of Sue Mason-Baker standing inside the Warana Op Shop

As seen in My Weekly Preview Issue 808. May 16, 2024 (https://issuu.com/myweeklypreview/docs/mwp808)

For those under the age of 65 finding palliative care and end-of-life services comes with an extra challenge due to very limited funding for this age group. Mingary Care is a charity with a unique model of care that can deliver free care and support quickly, filling a vital gap for the Sunshine Coast community.

“We support all age groups, however 43% of our referrals are for people under the age of 65,” said Mingary Care Managing Director, Sue Mason-Baker. “Our model of care allows those in need to access short-term crisis care, without having to jump through the hoops.

“And for those who are eligible for government funding, assessments (ACATs) don’t happen overnight, and families are often left to fill the care gap while they wait for them to come through. There is a lot of pressure on carers. People tell us it is a huge relief knowing stopgap help is available through a team of people who understand the system,” said Sue.

“With National Palliative Care Week highlighting the people at the heart of quality palliative care – the doctors, nurses, social workers and volunteers, Mingary Care is proud to be contributing to better access and care for the people of the Sunshine Coast, regardless of age.”

Mingary Care works on a referral basis and engages local community care providers to deliver in-home care on their behalf. They also provide compassionate support to the individual as well as their carers and loved ones.

Funding is provided for in-home care such as personal care, domestic assistance, and respite, as well as bereavement counselling. Items such as equipment, medications, wound dressings, hospital parking and fuel vouchers are also covered by Mingary Care. They also

work with individuals to help them achieve certain goals or make ‘wishes’ come true, such as travel or meeting a special person.

Mingary Care does not receive government funding. Its success depends entirely on the generous support of the community. Funding comes from op shops, grants, donations (tax deductible over $2) and fundraising. Op shops with their distinctive, highly visible yellow signage are in Maroochydore, Bli Bli, Warana and Caloundra. All shops are staffed by dedicated volunteers, with profits supporting palliative care on the Sunshine Coast.

If you are an individual seeking support, a healthcare provider who may be able to help or healthcare professional seeking to refer someone please call Mingary Care on 5479 0881. Mingary Care is always looking for volunteers in their op shops. If you are interested please call us or email admin@mingarycare.org.au.

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