The Foundation’s priority programs are those that help relieve poverty and distress of people in Queensland that is caused by illness or disease. We currently have a number of patient support services running and aim to grow this area of our work over the coming year/s.
Cancer Patient Transport Service
The Foundation’s Cancer Patient Transport Service takes the worry out of getting to treatment. The Foundation funds and manages a much needed bus service for local cancer patients. Operating from 6am to 6pm five days per week, this service makes almost 10,000 vitally important journeys each year. In the period July-November 2015, these buses helped more than 970 individual patients get to and from hospital for assessment and treatment.
If you or someone you know has cancer, is receiving hospital treatment, and would like to use this transport please ask their oncologist to refer them by calling (07) 5526 5288
*This operational delivery of this service is contracted to Volunteering Gold Coast (DGR1 Status) but 100% funded by Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. This vital service is our number one fundraising and sponsorship priority.
The service is supported by the community including corporate partners. The Foundation acknowledges and thanks these partners for their generous contributions and support.
Emergency Accommodation Service
The Emergency Accommodation Service helps people who are struggling financially with loved ones in hospital. We recognise that it can be a distressing situation for families who suddenly find themselves in a crisis situation, and do not have the financial means to afford accommodation near their loved one who is seriously injured or unwell.
The hospital’s social work team refer patients to this program.
The Foundation’s Emergency Accommodation Service will become a major focus of future fundraising appeals. It is hoped there will be enough funding to allow the service to continue and grow over the coming years, as the population and number of trauma patients coming to the Gold Coast University Hospital increases.
P.A.R.T.Y Program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth)
The risks of alcohol and drug use on young people is high. We know that accidents, injury and illness as a result of drug or alcohol use can cause great poverty and distress, for the young person and their family and friends.
It is for this reason that the Gold Coast University Hospital Trauma Team has helped implemented this program to help teach local school children to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-orientated choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is a risk awareness, behaviour change education program, that helps young people become knowledgeable of the choices they can make to reduce risk to themselves and others. The goal is to reduce the incidence of trauma and distress amongst young people.
Holding the Program in a hospital environment enhances the experience and gives a lasting impression about the choices young people make. The Foundation is proud to provide administrative assistance to this program.