Construction has begun on Western Australia’s first purpose-built paediatric hospice in the Swanbourne centre.
To be named Boodja Mia (Sandcastles), the facility is set to provide comprehensive care for children.
The amenities comprise 24-hour clinical support, bereavement support, end-of-life care, and respite accommodation for families across the Australian state.
The Children’s Hospice project is a collaborative effort between the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) and the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (PCHF).
It received funding from both the state and federal governments, with additional financial support from Lotterywest, the Western Australian community, and regional enterprises, facilitated by PCHF.
Boodja Mia will feature a range of facilities designed to meet the needs of its guests and their families.
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The hospice will include seven single-guest bedrooms with ensuites and a two-bedroom family suite, with an ensuite, and connection to a guest bedroom.
In addition, the facility will have two more two-bedroom family suites with ensuites and private terraces, as well as a bereavement suite with a private car area.
The hospice will also be equipped with a hydrotherapy pool and a garden that includes a memorial garden and a playground.
Indoor play zones, communal living and dining areas, therapy and clinical spaces, and meeting rooms will further enhance the support provided to families.
Enabling works for the hospice are anticipated to commence soon, with the main construction phase set to start in April this year.
The anticipated completion and opening of Boodja Mia is anticipated for late next year.
The budget for the construction and fit-out of the hospice is estimated to be approximately A$34m ($22.11m).
Australia Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said: “Boodja Mia will provide support for families during their toughest times and will be the central hub from which state-wide paediatric palliative care services are coordinated.
“The facility will be a ‘home away from home’ and provide holistic care for children with a life-limiting condition.
“These services will help Western Australian children and their families, and I look forward to seeing this important facility complete.”