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Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice continues taking shape

Major works are due to begin next week on the $19.5 million Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice, marking a significant milestone for the unique facility.

The hospice, which will be operated by Northern Sydney Local Health District, sits on land at the former Manly Hospital site.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Manly James Griffin MP inspected progress of the build ahead of the first major concrete pour, alongside Chief Executive Deb Willcox and Health Infrastructure’s Executive Director (Northern) Leisa Rathborne.

“Our district is incredibly fortunate to be home to this facility, and I know it will make a really positive impact for not just young adults and their families in Sydney, but also the whole of NSW,” Deb said.

Minister Hazzard was equally as excited to see the foundations being prepared.

“This incredible project is Australia’s first dedicated hospice caring for young people with life-limiting illness and will provide support to families from all over NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The facility will give young people and their families a tranquil, supportive environment at the most difficult of times by providing respite care, counselling, symptom management and end-of-life care.”
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard

Member for Manly James Griffin said the Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice will work closely with dedicated children’s hospice, Bear Cottage, to assist families to continue to care for young people as they become adults.

“Each year, about a quarter of admissions to Bear Cottage are over the age of 16 and there has been no appropriate place for them to move to,” Mr Griffin said.

“No matter where someone is from in NSW, this beautiful state-of-the-art facility in Manly will be a welcoming place for young adults who are diagnosed with life-limiting conditions.”

More than $6.5 million has been raised for this project through generous community donations, which has been boosted by an $8 million investment from the NSW Government and $5 million from the Commonwealth Government.

Health Infrastructure is working closely with the Northern Sydney Local Health District and expert clinicians to deliver the hospice, which will be located at the former Manly Hospital site on the North Head headland.

Construction is due for completion late next year.

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