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Mingary Care wins Queensland 2023 Innovation in Palliative Care Award

Mingary Care has been honoured to receive the 2023 Innovation in Palliative Care Award, presented on December 1 at Palliative Care Queensland’s Annual Summit. The Award recognises the initiation of an innovative practice, project or service that enhances the delivery of palliative care.

There are seven categories in the annual Awards that recognise innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in the sector and publicly identify organisations and people who support and care for people who are experiencing life threatening illnesses, death, dying and grief.

Mingary Care Managing Director, Sue Mason Baker said that she and the team are thrilled to receive the Award and to be honoured for the work they do.

“We love working with the healthcare professionals and providers to help ease the burden for families on the Sunshine Coast. The feedback we constantly get is that Mingary Care provides an invaluable stop-gap for families in need of urgent care.

“Our flexible, highly responsive and compassionate model of care through the provision of in-home hospice services to people on the Sunshine Coast is working well. It has addressed a need for those struggling to navigate the palliative journey. To be acknowledged with this Award means a lot to us,” said Sue.

The Award requires an ability to demonstrate how the innovation positively impacts service provision in a palliative care environment and how it has made a difference to the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses and their family/carers. The organisation must also show how they embrace innovation and commitment to the palliative care sector with specific examples.

Mingary Care’s ability to demonstrate their innovative and caring approach included examples of providing childcare for a three-month-old baby whose young mother was dying, organising last wishes for people, personal care, transport, shopping and domestic help. Mingary Care has also facilitated fishing trips for patients, cleaning of a carer’s oven and provided bedding, furniture and food for families in need.

Other Award categories included:

  • Emerging Leader in Palliative Care
  • Outstanding Achievement in Volunteering
  • Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care for First Nations Communities
  • Excellence in Palliative Care in an Aged Care Setting
  • Outstanding Team/Organisation Delivering Holistic Palliative Care
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

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