Plans for a unique hospice for young adults on the Manly Hospital site are a step closer, with the State Government committing $2 million a year to the service.

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The hospice would be the first of its type in Australia, providing support to young adults with life-limiting illnesses.

The young adult hospice is one proposal currently being considered by the Manly Hospital Project Steering Advisory Committee, which is identifying potential health and wellbeing opportunities for the site.

Northern Beaches Health Service General Manager Frank Bazik is also the chair of the advisory committee and he said good progress is being made.

“Building on the work of the former Manly Hospital Community Advisory Committee, we have commenced an evidence-based needs analysis of a range of health service opportunities. This will help us determine if these plans can be accommodated as part of the future use of the site.

“We are also carrying out site surveys, heritage assessments, as well as geotechnical and contamination studies. As a result of this work, we will see a range of activity on the hospital site over the coming months.

“Manly Hospital has been a significant part of the local community for many years and it’s important we carefully consider the opportunities for the hospital site.”

Recommendations from the Advisory Committee for the future use of the Manly Hospital site are expected later this year.