WELCOME TO WISHLIST
Support of community is essential
Great things achieved in our 20 years
By Lisa Rowe, Wishlist CEO WELCOME to the celebration of Wishlist’s 20th birthday. Wishlist has been my passion since 2001. It’s also been the passion of dozens of volunteer board members, community and business leaders, who have guided the growth of our organisation for 20 years. Thanks to the incredible community which we serve, and the inspirational health team we’re honoured to support, we’ve achieved some amazing things. We transformed the dank and dismal oncology unit into a bright, spacious and comfortable multi-disciplinary cancer centre that continues to treat cancer patients 12 years later. We provided an emergency accommodation centre to support the 15,000 patients of Nambour Hospital and now the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and their families. We’ve directed $4.4million in 92.7 MixFM’s Give ME 5 for Kids funding towards our sick kids, through equipment, services big and small and the education of staff. We’ve built three houses from donated goods and services, furnished them and auctioned them off to raise $922,000. We bought $430,000 worth of lasers and ophthalmology equipment for Caloundra Hospital, immediately reducing the need for patients to travel to Brisbane for eye surgery. Many elderly patients simply weren’t making the journey, for fear of being a burden to family or of making the trip alone with poor eyesight. We’ve grown the Ear Nose and Throat Service, bought countless ultrasounds and other medical equipment with all the “bells and whistles” to help streamline and grow local services. We fund music therapy, equipment and help sustain the volunteer-driven Client Biography Service at Caloundra Hospital’s Dove Palliative Care Unit, providing families with documented memories from their loved ones. We work with amazing volunteers who keep Reed House running, wrap thousands of Christmas presents each year for the cause, pack colouring kits and make recovery bears, knee rugs, beanies and so much more to ease the burden of a visit to hospital for thousands. We’ve funded more than $1.2 million towards the education of local
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe says the charity enjoys strong community support. health staff, more than $1.4 million to local research projects and we aim to ramp up our research investment in the years ahead. We do it all without touching a single cent of any donation for operational costs, something we don’t take for granted. We’ve celebrated this remarkable community’s achievements along the way, we’ve cried at life’s disappointments and we pride ourselves on the small role we play in the daily work of the heroes who fix us, hold our hands or simply greet us at our hospitals every day. I’m honoured to have been part of the past 20 years of the amazing organisation that is Wishlist. I look forward to being part of an exciting future that sees us set to play a greater role in support of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. I pay tribute to everyone who has played a part in our work to date and if you’ve any opportunity to help make the world a better place for families needing a local hospital or public health service, then I invite you to be part of it too. ● Meet the rest of the Wishlist team on page 31.
ONE can’t help but look back on the humble beginnings of Wishlist, without enormous pride. I was asked 20 years ago by the Minister for Health to establish a hospital foundation to support local health services. Despite many challenges we did just that and then negotiated the management of the carpark at Nambour Hospital, which has sustained our operations since. I’ve no doubt that what this community has achieved through its generous support of Wishlist has changed and saved lives. Who knows what local services, particularly cancer and paediatric, would look like now if we had not raised millions towards enhancements in both over the past 20 years. In my 20 years as Chairman of Wishlist, my belief in the power of a proactive community has grown daily and I know that anything is possible when it comes to rallying the generous, positive people on the Sunshine Coast for a local cause. I know that with Peter Boyce as Wishlist Chairman from this year, our local charity is in the best possible hands, and I look forward to all the future brings for our local hospital foundation. — Mike Kelly Wishlist founding chairman
92.7 MixFM’s Give Me 5 For Kids a proud supporter of Wishlist By Caroline Hutchinson IS IT just me or does everyone think it’s surprisingly easy to change someone’s life? In June 1999 my breakfast co-host Peter Lang and I heard about premature babies being “bagged” to Brisbane. That is, pre-term babies unable to breath on their own were being manually resuscitated while being airlifted or ambulanced to Brisbane. Our children’s ward didn’t own any mobile mechanical ventilators. Pete and I talked to families, nurses and doctors, found out what was needed and asked the public to help. The response was extraordinary. Money came in from families still Page 2
struggling with sick pre-term babies, from healthy adults who had been born premature and from families who realised how lucky they were to have never made that terrible dash in the night to save a baby that couldn’t breathe. I think we needed $23,000 to buy a mobile ventilator and in less than a month we raised enough money to buy three. Give Me 5 for Kids was born on the Sunshine Coast. Because we were part of a network in those days, Give Me 5 for Kids eventually spread to almost 50 radio stations across Australia but no market has ever come close to the success of the Sunshine Coast. In 18 years we have raised more
than $4 million. That first year we held car washes, cow pat bingo and a monster auction at Kawana Shopping World. The next year we upped the ante, convincing 12 handsome young blokes, including Darren and Dean Mercer, Zane Holmes and Garry Crick, to get their gear off in the Full Monty. A year later we roped in local surf girls and called it the Full Mary. We’ve attempted the world’s biggest Mexican wave, dragged cash-filled wheelie bins through the rain, raffled diamonds and trips to Disneyland, auctioned pools, art, weddings and blokes and attracted some of Australia’s biggest stars to the Sunshine Coast.
There are businesses that have become the backbone of our month-long fundraiser, like Mark and Tanya Martin from Narellan Pools Sunshine Coast, Garry Crick, PJ Burns and Aitken Legal. And there are people who have been with us from the first year, like David Johnson at Caloundra Timber and Steel, artist Kendall Perkins, Peter McDonald from Oz Music and Terri Irwin at Australia Zoo. Very soon we will hit Give Me 5 Million Dollars For Kids. Literally thousands of hands have built Give Me 5 for Kids. I am incredibly proud of this community and most of all my radio station, 92.7 MixFM, for making it happen.
PATIENTS WHO STOLE OUR HEARTS
Tiger Taylor has beaten the odds due in no small part to Wishlist’s support of the Child Development Service.
PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON
Tiger’s survival a miracle Wishlist’s support of Child Development Service is helping youngsters beat the odds
“If it wasn’t for the help of the Child Development team I think I would have felt alone in the community and completely overwhelmed at how to get Tiger past these hurdles.
KEZZIA Taylor’s eyes light up at the mention of her son Tiger. It’s no wonder because the cheeky five-year-old’s survival has been nothing short of a miracle. Tiger was born with oesophageal atresia (long gap) with tracheo-oesophageal fistula - a rare condition meaning his food pipe was connected to his windpipe, instead of his stomach. It led to him spending five months in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane, where he was fitted with a tracheostomy tube to enable him to breath. “Tiger had to learn to eat because the natural instinct to eat is lost after three months,” his mum said. “He didn’t eat orally until therapy started at eight months of age and it took the good part of a year to master eating and drinking. “This is how we met the incredible team at the Child Development Service, who helped us overcome Tiger’s developmental hurdles.” Ms Taylor’s family admits the emotionally-charged years and constant care of Tiger took a substantial toll on the mother-of-three. In 2015 she fell pregnant with her third child, Indie, but due to the worry of another complicated birth and the stress of Tiger’s care, she suffered a nervous breakdown which first resulted in speech problems. At 38 weeks pregnant, Ms Taylor fell and broke her ankle in three places. “Her labor was induced and she had to endure surgery shortly after to insert plates,” friend Nicola O’Leary says. “Kez returned home in a wheelchair and a healthy newborn baby in her arms but she has been unable to walk properly since then and has been unable to carry her baby. “Her speech has now steadily declined to the point where she cannot be understood so she must communicate via text message, even when speaking face-to-face with someone.”
Ms Taylor, who has no cognitive impairment, now communicates with visitors through her iPad and enlists the help of around-the-clock carers to help her and her children. “Tiger going to school this year has made me really proud,” she writes. “All the hard work I put into him has paid off and St Thomas More Primary School have been fantastic. “They welcomed him with open arms and since I’ve been sick the past couple of years, they have been really supportive and keep a close eye on Tiger’s big sister Harmony.” Tiger’s grandmother Jenny Harris, who now lives with Kezzia, said doctors had attempted to remove Tiger’s tracheostomy tube five times, without success. “Tiger’s speech has been affected with the tube, but hopefully it will come out this year,” Ms Harris said. “He’ll learn to cope with his breathing and he is learning to communicate in sign language. “Other than going for regular check-ups, he does everything the other kids can do. He loves playing with cars, his iPad, gymnastics and jumping with his sisters on the trampoline. “There are lots of hugs and kisses, and the children are always so loving and supportive of each other.” Wishlist directed $1.4 million towards the refurbishment and relocation of the Child Development Service in Maroochydore. It has been the major beneficiary of 92.7 MixFM’s Give Me 5 For Kids campaign and has helped thousands of young patients with development delays. “If it wasn’t for the help of the Child Development team I think I would have felt alone in the community and completely overwhelmed at how to get Tiger past these hurdles,” Ms Taylor said. Page 3
Paramedic Rhys Greedy undertakes amazing feats of endurance to fundraise for Wishlist.
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Rhys is an inspiration
Meet the man whose amazing feats of physical endurance raise money for Wishlist projects
I personally consider my diagnosis to be a blessing in disguise now, as it has given me so many opportunities to try and inspire people around me whilst doing what I love.
HE has conquered cancer, some of the world’s tallest mountains and raised $21,000 for sick kids on the Sunshine Coast. Paramedic Rhys Greedy, who grew up in Caloundra, is an extreme fundraiser. His next adventure on June 10 will see him run the Kokoda Trail in under 30 hours for local cardiac services. Mr Greedy’s affiliation with Wishlist began in 2015, when he was looking for a local organisation to benefit from a fundraising campaign. “I had just been associated with a very successful fundraiser with Lymphoma Australia, however this time I was keen to keep the charity close to home within the Sunshine Coast,” he said. “Following a spontaneous visit to Nambour Hospital, I was introduced to the staff and patients within Ward 2F West (paediatrics) and immediately knew the campaign was going to be an extra special one." The 30-year-old established the Kilimanjaro For The Kids campaign, raising $21,000 over the next eight months for young patients on the ward. “This provided a range of new items for them to use and enjoy during their stay including 10 portable DVD players, Samsung Galaxy tablets, a television for the unit’s play room, Xbox consoles and other distractive therapy tools." Mr Greedy was also a force to be reckoned with, paddling for the Wishlist team at two Waterlife events which raised funds for cancer care. “The event was previously known as Wishlist’s Row for Cancer – a cause close to me with my own personal battle with cancer,” he said. “This October will mark nine years since being cleared in remission from my battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“Particularly since my five years in remission in 2014, I have embarked on a very passionate and character-building journey to reach out to Lymphoma patients and their families and provide support through both the campaigns I have set up and the personal physical challenges I've put myself to the test with. “Being able to combine my love of mountaineering and charity work has seen over $50,000 raised in the last four years and I have lost count of the number of inspiring people I have crossed paths with in that time. “I personally consider my diagnosis to be a blessing in disguise now, as it has given me so many opportunities to try and inspire people around me whilst doing what I love.” The avid adventurer embarked on a 16-day expedition in and around the Andes, scaling five volcano summits ranging in heights between 4100m and 6300m. He said the expedition was “training” for his Heart and Soul Kokoda Challenge fundraiser. “I'm a huge believer in karma and feel that there is no better way to receive good karma than to not only contribute to charity, but try and personally take part in hands-on roles associated with charitable organisations and fundraising campaigns,” he said. “For me, there has been no personal gain from my fundraising campaigns other than the satisfaction expressed in the quote ‘you have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you’. “I've known of Wishlist’s amazing work and efforts for years and having the opportunity to personally team up with them during one of my own fundraising campaigns was a no-brainer for me.” To help Rhys on his Heart and Soul Kokoda Challenge visit www.giving.wishlist.org.au/heartandsoul. Page 5
Opthalmology benefits clear to see Wishlist funds equipment to save patients travelling to Brisbane By Clinical Nurse Belinda Vayro
Opthalmology Service clinical nurse Belinda Vayro demonstrates some of the equipment donated by Wishlist.
THE Ophthalmology Service was the recipient of funding from Wishlist’s House The Coast Built initiative in 2012, which was an amazing fundraising experience to be involved with. Prior to this funding initiative, the Ophthalmology Service was restricted in the types of services we could provide to local patients and many needed to travel to Brisbane for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. The initiative raised over $430,000 for our service, which enabled us to purchase ophthalmic equipment including diagnostic imaging equipment and ophthalmic lasers which can be used to diagnose and treat patients with various eye conditions. The imaging equipment has enabled us to be able to comprehensively visualise the back of the eye, looking at the optic disc and retinal layers. This assists us with the diagnosis and management of conditions such as macula oedema, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. With Wishlist’s support, we were able to fit out an additional consultation room with a slit lamp and visual assessment equipment to support our clinics at Caloundra Hospital. The funding also provided important paediatric equipment to assist in assessing and treating children with visual problems such as amblyopia and squints. With the support of Wishlist, the scope of the ophthalmology service has expanded enormously, helping thousands of patients.
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Music soothes pain Wishlist committed to palliative care therapy program
Dove Palliative Care’s Nurse Unit Manager Clodagh Barwise-Smith.
THE compassionate work being done at the Dove Palliative Care Unit at Caloundra Hospital is etched into the hearts of many. Wishlist-funded music therapists use methods such as songwriting, improvisation, guided imagery and music, lyric analysis, singing, instrument playing and music therapy relaxation techniques as ways of treating patients and families in palliative care. Nurse Unit Manager Clodagh Barwise-Smith said the benefits of the therapeutic treatment were immense. “Music therapy has made a remarkable difference to patients nearing their final days, and to their families,” Ms Barwise-Smith said. Wishlist has committed more than $44,000 to a music therapy program for Dove Palliative Care patients for 10 hours per week until 2019. Wishlist also provides funds to the Dove Palliative Care Unit for bereavement programs, Delta Therapy Dogs visits, specialised medical equipment and end-of-days life recordings which serve as a priceless memento for family members. Countless local families and community groups including The Velvet Country Music Club continue to donate to the Palliative Care Unit. Club president Sandy Lewis said the group fundraised through concerts, sausage sizzles and raffles. “Over the years we have been touched by a lot of our members having to be in Dove Cottage palliative care,” Ms Lewis said. “We’ve lost four people just in a couple of years through cancer that were assisted by Dove. My own mum was here in 2004 and the care that was given to her was amazing.” Can you help support Dove Palliative Care? Consider donating at wishlist.org.au.
Music therapy has made a remarkable difference to patients nearing their final days, and to their families.
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Wishlist has achieved so much in 20 years – here are some of the highlights
Wishlist is established.
Wishlist purchases demountable for ofﬁce.
Established a non-denominational chapel and grieving room at Nambour Hospital.
The ﬁrst Wishlist House raises $362,972.
$1.7 million raised for the Sunshine Coast Cancer Centre.
Work begins on the long-awaited Cancer Centre.
The Sunshine Coast Cancer Centre opens on January 28.
Reed Charity House becomes ‘stage 2’ to support cancer patients on the Coast.
The ﬁrst Wishlist Spring Carnival raises $87,436 for juvenile diabetes patients. Reed Charity House hosts its ﬁrst guests on April 6.
Sunshine Coast Health Foundation changes its name to Wishlist.
Work commences on the Doug Biggs Memorial Sky Bridge connecting Nambour Hospital with Reed Charity House.
Wishlist Houses raises $267,232 for ophthalmology equipment at Caloundra Hospital.
Wishlist commits to relocating and expanding the Child Development Service (CDS) to the tune of $1.4 million. Wishlist Coffee House opens in Gympie.
CDS funding starts (ongoing for 3 years), thanks to 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids.
The House the Coast Built raises $292,692 for local paediatric services.
92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids raises a record-breaking $403,682. SCUH opens with Wishlist Grand Celebration. Launch of WishlistConnect.
Wishlist celebrates its 20th year. Page 8
THE CLOWN DOCTORS
Laughs help make tough times easier THE Clown Doctors have spent a year spreading laughter and administering doses of fun to thousands of patients at Nambour Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). The local service is funded by Wishlist and brings a little bit of magic to patients being treated in the Children’s Ward, Paediatric Outpatients Department and Department of Emergency. “Earlier this year we celebrated a year of ‘clown rounds’ on the Sunshine Coast,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said. “This very special service is an innovative and inspiring local program funded by Wishlist through The Humour Foundation. “We all know a little humour can go a long way and seeing a child’s face light up when they see the Clown Doctors is a priceless moment. You can never under-estimate the power of a good laugh.” With the help of the generous Sunshine Coast community, Wishlist committed to funding two years of the service to bring laughter, smiles and bouts of silliness to children spending time in the Children’s Ward. However, donations are now needed to continue the program well into 2019. “If you can help us brighten the days of youngsters twice a week in the SCUH Children and Adolescent Ward, you can “We are proud that over become a Wishlist Champion the last year these which means making a hilarious doctors have tax-deductible donation to delivered over 10,000 Wishlist for as little as $5 each magic moments to sick week. “It’s an easy, but very special kids and their families.” way to make a difference to thousands of children on the Coast.” Wishlist is eager is continue the program beyond the current two-year commitment and grow the service to more than two days a week. “As you can imagine, Clown Doctors Dr Loopy and Dr Nincompoop are very popular within the wards of SCUH,” Ms Rowe said. “We are proud that over the last year these hilarious doctors have delivered over 10,000 magic moments to sick kids and their families.”
Dr Nincompoop (aka Dr Alison Lambole) and Dr Loopy (aka Dr Michelle Lamarca) are bringing smiles to faces. PHOTO: PATRICK WOODS The Clown Doctors work to divert children’s attention during painful procedures, calm them in Emergency and encourage them in physiotherapy. “The benefits of laughter are real – it relaxes the muscles, helps the immune system, reduces pain, helps
promote a positive outlook and has a good effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory system,” Ms Rowe added. ●If you would like to donate to the Clown Doctor program visit www.wishlist.org.au and click the Donate tab.
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Paddlers dug deep for local families AFTER a decade of paddling Maroochy River and raising more than $200,000, Wishlist’s annual Row For Cancer event helped countless families receiving cancer treatment on the Sunshine Coast. Since 2006, the event helped provide a “home away from home”, raising $53,000 towards furnishing and supporting the needs of Reed House at Nambour Hospital. A further $58,400 was dedicated to building the $310,000 “sky bridge” connecting Reed House to Nambour Hospital for elderly, frail and wheelchair-bound patients. A $37,000 microscope was also purchased for the research lab, The event helped to as well as nine NIKI provide a ‘home away Pumps worth from home’, raising $23,750 for $53,000 towards immunology furnishing and patients and other needs identified by supporting the needs cancer care staff. of Reed House Hundreds of paddlers took on the 10km race each year from 2006 until 2015 while the event was heavily supported by Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club, Maroochy, Alex and Mooloolaba surf clubs and dozens of local businesses and identities.
Partnership program a unique way to support IF you’re a business owner on the Sunshine Coast, you can help change the future of health in the region. Wishlist’s unique Partnership Program has seen several local business become Wishlist Alliance and Corporate Partners. “Our partners are very engaged with Wishlist, not only communicating with 7500 health staff members from Caloundra to Gympie, but they support our new online benefits platform WishlistConnect, and involve their employees at events and volunteer opportunities," Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said. "Ausmar Group, for example, is the leading business behind the extremely successful House We couldn’t do what we The Coast Built campaign, do without the support of which has raised in excess of our business community. $922,900. "Ausmar and all of their amazing contractors have made a very real difference to patients on the Coast through this project." Similarly, Sunshine Toyota became an Alliance Partner in 2014 and has since helped numerous staff with great deals on vehicles and services. "The Sunshine Toyota team are regular participants at Wishlist events, they sponsor the Melbourne Cup luncheon each year in aid of Wishlist and have also supported a number of health staff members through education scholarships," Ms Rowe added. "Our finance experts Wealthmed are regulars at our staff engagements too, and have been present at our orientation days as well as sponsoring staff scholarships." CondonTreasure, Aussie World, BOQ Mooloolaba, Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel, Infectious Clothing, McDermott Aviation, Express Print & Mail and Butler McDermott are also Wishlist Corporate Partners who provide expert advice to health staff members and
support the charity’s work. "Many of our Wishlist partners volunteer at various times throughout the year which is of great benefit to their staff,” Ms Rowe said. "Employees knowing that the organisation they work for is doing something generous and special for their community also helps with staff retention, satisfaction at work and productivity, so we’re proud to be able to offer these options to our partners. "We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our business community – whether it is through our work generally, or through events – every bit of support helps." If you would like to know more about Wishlist’s Partnership Program and communicating with 7500 local health staff, visit wishlist.org.au or phone 5202 1777.
The House The Coast Built has proven a winner for Wishlist, thanks to its supporters and a number of its Wishlist Alliance and Corporate Partners. PHOTO: CADE MOONEY
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Alfie takes support to a new level League legend says signing up to WishlistConnect was a ‘no-brainer’ A HERO on the field and a local who is passionate about giving back to the community, Allan “Alfie” Langer has been a long-time supporter of Wishlist. The rugby league legend recently became a WishlistConnect supporter, advertising his Caloundra restaurant Alfie’s Mooo Char and Bar and Alfie’s Event Hire and Catering on the innovative platform. WishlistConnect was launched in 2017 to connect Sunshine Coast businesses with 7500 local health staff and Wishlist supporters. "Signing onto WishlistConnect was a no-brainer for myself and Janine," Mr Langer said. "Every year we hold our Mud Crab Luncheon at Lighthouse Rugby Union grounds and we choose someone in the community who is Through doing it tough to benefit from the WishlistConnect we day. have the opportunity "In 2016, we approached Wishlist to be able to give to a to find a recipient for the event, which ended up raising thousands of great cause and in dollars for a Caloundra teenager who return push great had been diagnosed with a rare form deals to locals and let of leukaemia. the community know "She had months of treatment we are here. ahead of her at Nambour Hospital and also in Brisbane - the family was struggling financially." Supporting the community and people in need is in the Langer’s blood. "Through WishlistConnect we have the opportunity to be able to give to a great cause and in return push great deals to locals and let the community know we are here," Mr Langer said. More than 4000 Sunshine Coast shoppers use WishlistConnect to
access digital discounts. "This is the first platform of its type on the Sunshine Coast," Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said. WishlistConnect is free for consumers and offers discounts at various Coast restaurants, cafes, gym memberships, retail rewards, coupons for hairdressing and beauty services, lifestyle experiences, plus travel deals and markdowns on home and automotive services. For more information visit wishlistconnect.org.
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ABOVE: Rugby leaguee legend Allan Langer and his wife Janine have long been suporters of Wishlist and recently signed on as supporters of WishlistConnect. PHOTO: WARREN LYNAM
Somewhere to stay in times of need
“It was hard being away, especially for the girls, but the ladies at Reed House were so helpful. It definitely made it easier not having to worry about accommodation.”
WHAT was supposed to be a routine ultrasound ended up as a dramatic and quick emergency birth for mum-of-four Tara Cleal. Identical twins Oliver and Noah were born at 32 weeks last month after doctors found the brothers had a rare and serious condition called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Ms Cleal, from Toowoomba, said Noah was taking all the nutrients from Oliver and the babies had to be born by emergency caesarean. “To go in for something routine then hearing that the babies needed to be born was scary,” she said. “I still thought I had a few weeks to get things sorted.” Ms Cleal and her partner Gad have two other children Mia, 3, and Lily, 13 months. “Because of the condition we couldn’t have the babies at Toowoomba and they were going to send us to the Mater or Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital but there was no room. “They came back and asked how we felt about birthing at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).” The Royal Flying Doctor Service flew a pregnant Ms Cleal to the Sunshine Coast and within three hours of arriving, Noah and Oliver were born. “There wasn’t much time to wrap my head around it all. “There were so many people in that room and as soon as the babies were born they took them to the Neonatal Unit where they were put on CPAP (ventilation) machines and were given fluids.” Thankfully, the gorgeous boys thrived and only had to stay in the Neonatal Unit for 12 days before being transferred back to Toowoomba. “While we were on the Sunshine Coast, Gad, the girls, and I stayed at Wishlist’s Reed House near Nambour Hospital,” Ms Cleal said. “It was such a whirlwind, we didn’t have time to organise accommodation and we were so relieved the option was there. “We also spent a lot of time in the Parent’s Retreat in the Neonatal Unit
Tara Cleal and children Lily and Mia say hello to twins Oliver and Noah at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. and we later found out that Wishlist funded the fit out of those rooms. “It was hard being away, especially for the girls, but the ladies at Reed House were so helpful. “It definitely made it easier not having to worry about accommodation.” Reed House offers affordable accommodation for patients receiving ongoing or emergency treatment at SCUH, Nambour Hospital, Selangor or Genesis Cancer Care. Patients who live outside a 50km radius of Nambour Hospital or SCUH are also eligible for a subsidy to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation.
TWO MINUTES WITH JUST BETTER CARE DIRECTOR TONY SANDY A: My grandparents played a signiﬁcant role in my upbringing by providing various forms of support. When I look back on my own experiences, the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is invaluable. A grandparent provides old-fashioned values, is a mentor, a wonderful companion and interestingly a historian by way of their history paving our future. Sadly, grandparents can be forgotten or unnoticed in society’s addiction to a faster pace of life. It is for this reason I wanted to sponsor Wishlist’s ﬁrst Teddy Bears’ Picnic igniting a celebration of grandparents and their wonderful contributions to families. Q: Tell us about your organisation Just Better Care? A: I’m passionate about making a diﬀerence within our community by making people feel happier and more independent living in their own homes. Just Better Care know the right support can be pivotal in making all the diﬀerence. Our positive and personPage 14
centred approach to in-home care and community engagement puts you in control, supporting you to achieve your goals with trusted professionals, quality support and a comprehensive range of services to meet your individual needs. Our mission is to enrich lives every day and create fresh opportunities, empowering you to live your life to the fullest at home, and in your community. Our disability and aged care services are focused on the things that matter: trust, independence, fulﬁlling dreams and belonging. Q: Why did you want to support a dementiafriendly outdoor area at Nambour Hospital? A: Latest statistics reveal Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 and second leading cause of death in Australia. Sunshine Coast currently does not have a purpose built outdoor facility to accommodate patients with cognitive issues. This newly built outdoor area at Nambour Hospital will provide much needed restorative care, bridging the gap of patient’s self-worth whilst increasing their quality of life.
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Head of the Reed Charity Foundation, Harry Reed, hands the keys of Reed House to Sunshine Coast Health Foundation’s Mike Kelly on February 21, 2009.
PHOTO: NICHOLAS FALCONER
A home away from home Accommodation next to hospital has been a godsend for visiting patients
Having this accommodation is one less thing to worry about. I am very thankful for this option and being right next door to the hospital
DUBBED the “home away from home”, Reed House has been a blessing for patients like Terry Green. The 68-year-old from Kenilworth (pictured) spent his first night at the accommodation facility linking Nambour Hospital in April last year. "I hadn’t been to a doctor for about 20 years and I started losing weight," he said. “I finally went to a doctor and he did a full check on me and discovered I had type 2 diabetes, an enlarged prostate and a heart murmur. "I knew there was something wrong and I wasn’t feeling well. I was going to the doctors and getting different tests done and my doctor said I couldn’t live out at Kenilworth, it was too far if I had a turn." The former mullet fisherman said he had no choice but to "move out of the bush". "I started looking around for somewhere to live in Nambour and I was put onto Reed House." Since his open heart surgery in April 2017, Mr Green has become a regular face to volunteers at the 20-room facility. In January, he began radiation treatment for prostate cancer and is receiving ongoing treatment for his diabetes. "Reed House and the volunteers here have really helped me out," he said. "Having this accommodation is one less thing to worry about. "I am very thankful for this option and being right next door to the hospital is good and the bus stop is handy too. "The Red Cross vounteers always offer to drive me to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment, but I don’t expect that and the bus is right here. "The staff here have been so good to me and being here is comfortable." Reed House took two years of planning, construction and countless
volunteered hours by more than 90 generous Sunshine Coast businesses. Former charity Reed Charity Foundation handed the premises over to Wishlist in 2009. It was the first facility of its kind on the Sunshine Coast, providing a temporary home for patients and their families requiring ongoing medical treatment. Founder Harry Reed said the project received overwhelming community support and generosity despite economic difficulties at the time. "The project was really a dream come true," Mr Reed remembers. "Since the first guests were welcomed on April 6, 2009, I have been told 15,676 people have walked through those doors and had a place to rest." If the walls of Reed House could talk, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe believes there would be tales of tears, laughter and memorable chats over countless cups of coffee. "Back in 2009, Nambour Hospital was our major hospital and there was no affordable accommodation options close by," Ms Rowe said. "Most people have gone through the stress of a medical emergency or needing to be close to a loved one during treatment, so having this accessibility is so valuable. "From elderly cancer patients to parents of babies in the special care nursery, or patients who live a long way from town but need access to medical services – Reed House has welcomed them all. "The exceptional team at Red Cross have been managing this facility for almost nine years, and we’re excited that Wishlist will commence the management of Reed House this May. "Reed House continues to be the emergency accommodation facility for patients at Nambour Hospital and now the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, so there’s no doubt an exciting future for this building." Page 15
WISHLIST SPRING CARNIVAL CHARITY AUCTION
Spring carnival auction IN September 2016, more than 500 people converged on The Events Centre in Caloundra for the annual Wishlist Spring Carnival charity auction. The aim was to raise more than $152,000 to buy life-saving equipment and also bring the first local Clown Doctor Service to the Sunshine Coast children’s ward. With a target of reaching $1 million since the luncheon series started eight years earlier, the goal was set high. But it was smashed within four hours. The event, sponsored by Coastline BMW, saw high profile personalities including entertainer Sam Kekovich and Channel 7’s Tony I’ll never forget the Auden join the confetti cannons going off fundraising effort. and $1 million flashing up Funds raised in on the screen 2016 facilitated the purchase of a General Surgery Flex Focus 800 B-K Ultrasound - a vital piece of equipment to streamline surgical procedures for local cancer patients - as well as funding Clown Doctors to spend time on the paediatric wards with sick Sunshine Coast kids. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe described the 2016 Wishlist Spring Carnival as a momentous achievement and one event she’ll always remember. “In 2016, I’ll never forget the confetti cannons going off and $1 million flashing up on the screen,” she said.
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a million-dollar winner “I couldn’t believe it – we reached our target!” Ms Rowe said every year the dedicated Spring Carnival committee and team attempt to create a bigger and better event for long-time supporters – many of whom turn up year after year to support Wishlist. “This sell-out event was spearheaded by Travis Schultz in 2009 and is well-known on the Sunshine Coast social calendar because we offer the best auction items, celebrities, fashion and entertainment,” she said. “Last year we had Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss and Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta, who flew in by helicopter, thanks to our partners McDermott Aviation. “Importantly, that one event raised an impressive $138,283 to fund ground-breaking medical research right here on the Sunshine Coast. “We are so grateful to our dedicated volunteer committee members, all the sponsors, businesses and guests who have made the Wishlist Spring Carnival lunch such a success over the past nine years and this year we can’t wait to celebrate our 10th Spring Carnival event.” Wishlist’s 2018 Spring Carnivall will be held on September 14. For more information visit wishlist.org.au.
That one event raised an impressive $138,283 to fund ground-breaking medical research here on the Sunshine Coast.
PATIENTS WHO STOLE OUR HEARTS
Little Elise has beaten the odds Community donations ensure Child Development Service keeps doing vital work
Wishlist has been an immense part of providing equipment, facilities and services that would not have been available otherwise.
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, motor disorders or behaviour and learning difficulties. Through 92.7 MixFM’s Give Me 5 for Kids campaign, Wishlist was able to fund the relocation and expansion of the CDS to 60 Wises Rd in Maroochydore. “The facilities are very good and all the staff are excellent,” Mrs Anderson said. “As a mum, it has been helpful and also confronting to receive assessments about delayed development for Elise. “Wishlist has been an immense part of providing equipment, facilities and services that would not have been available otherwise.” Elise is now full of energy and healthy after receiving her liver transplant late last year. “Everything is improving, including her ability to eat and retain nutrients, her speech and physical ability to move around so much more freely,” her mum said. “We are so grateful for the donor family.” So far more than $4.4 million has been raised by the Sunshine Coast community through 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids, which included a record-breaking tally of $403,689 last year. Recently the CDS was recognised as an accredited Advanced Training Centre in community child health from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids appeal kicks off this June. For event listings, visit the Event page at wishlist.org.au
LAST month Elise Anderson celebrated her third birthday - another milestone for the youngster whose life once hinged on a vital organ transplant. When Elise (pictured) was just six months old, she was diagnosed with a cyst below her liver and a problem with part of her liver. For six months she required a feeding tube to allow her to become stronger for what was to be a one-off surgery. But during her operation it was discovered Elise’s whole liver had irreversible scarring and she would need a liver transplant. But it was more than a year before that happened. “She was kept stable on various medications and with a feeding tube or a peg directly into her stomach for another 12 months and was actively on the donor waiting list for approximately three months waiting for a close match,” mum Anthea said. “Elise was very fortunate to receive a portion of a healthy adult’s liver and is now doing very well.” From the beginning, Elise had assessments through the Child Development Service (CDS) and intervention from health professionals. “At six months she was involved in a weekly group therapy session which included a physiotherapist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist,” Mrs Anderson said. “More recently, Elise and I were involved in the speech therapy course It Takes Two To Talk which was run through the CDS.” The CDS helps hundreds of children each year diagnosed with autism,
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Sunshine Coast youngster Thomas Watt has benefitted from the Child Development Service funded by Wishlist.
PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON
Thomas had a tough start
Child Development Service helps struggling youngsters achieve those magic moments
All I need to do is make a phone call and I can talk to who I need to about anything, and they have helped our little man to become independent
EVERY “first” in the life of a child is a significant milestone for their parents. But for many families these magic moments don’t always come easily. Thomas Watt is just one of many Coast youngsters who have been able to access one of the nation’s leading development services dedicated to the needs of children. The Child Development Service (CDS) at Maroochydore is a free service which provides a coordinated model of care to families with children who have complex development conditions. For mother-of-four Claire Watt, the CDS experience was nothing short of “amazing”. “We first begun seeing the CDS when Thomas was roughly three months old,” Ms Watt said. “Thomas was born healthy full term, but by 10 weeks old he was so very tiny for a two-and-a-half month old. Our doctor sent us straight to the hospital at 10 weeks as Thomas had lost quite a lot weight. He weighed only 8lb1oz by this stage - smaller than the average birth weight.” After being diagnosed with Failure to Thrive, Thomas slowly started to gain weight with the help of specialised formula feeds. Because of his slower start to life, he required physio and occupational therapy. “We continued on with this at CDS for over 12 months, but then his next hurdle was his speech. He barely said any words and didn't even say ‘mum’ until he was well over the age of one,” his mother said Throughout speech therapy Thomas, who is now two, began seeing paediatricians for his bowed legs and ongoing bowel issues. “Sometimes it does seem to be hurdle after hurdle but I have found our entire experience with CDS amazing,” his mum said. “All I need to do is make a phone call and I can talk to who I need to about anything, and they have helped our little man to become independent
and given us all of the information to be able to help him even more from home. “I think it is extremely important to have a service like this on the Coast as it is separate to the hospital, making things feel less stressful for parents.” The relocation and expansion of the Child Development Service was one of Wishlist’s largest financial commitments, amounting to $1.4 million over three years. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the community rallied together to grow the service to work with school-aged children needing to access physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, dietitians and psychologists, all under the one roof. “It was the generosity of local people who supported 92.7 MixFM’s Give Me 5 for Kids appeal each year and Run Sunshine Coast in 2014 and 2015,” Ms Rowe said. “We were able to move the service from a small space at Nambour Hospital to a much larger and refurbished area at Wises Rd in Maroochydore. “Wishlist committed to funding the rental of the new space for three years, as well as funding extra health staff – all completely with donations.” Acting Program Manager, Nicole Lord, said in 2017 the CDS provided more than 3500 occasions of service to 439 children and their families. “The Child Development Service plays an important role in helping children with complex developmental concerns and their families to better understand the nature of their child’s unique strengths and challenges and to ultimately be able to access the support they need to help their child reach their full potential,” Ms Lord said. “Our point of difference is that our team work together in an inter-disciplinary way, each sharing their expertise to help to fully understand the child, in the context of their environment.” Page 19
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
My dad’s dementia inspired me to help
Teddy Bears’ Picnic helps fund outdoor area to make life easier TRENT Wakerley’s fondest memories of his dad will always be time spent surfing, watching the State of Origin and the smile on his father’s face when holding his grandchildren for the first time. In 2009, aged 63, David Wakerley was diagnosed with early onset dementia, It was a life-changing diagnosis which was also incurable. “When dad was initially diagnosed there was a lot of uncertainty about how it would affect him and how severe it may be,” Trent said. “At that stage, he was experiencing short-term memory loss, had difficulty retaining information and was beginning to withdraw from social occasions. One of my biggest worries was that he would ultimately forget who I was.” Last year Trent and his business Kruger Law took part in the first Wishlist Teddy Bears’ Picnic on National Grandparent’s Day to raise funds for a specially-designed outdoor area for dementia patients receiving treatment at Nambour Hospital’s Acute Restorative Care (ARC) Unit. The event raised $28,000 for ARC’s innovative project which is expected to include a sensory garden, mini workshop and other stimulating therapeutic tools in an environment which will be a first on Page 20
the Coast for dementia patients. “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic had a connection for me as it’s raising money to make life easier for patients with dementia at Nambour Hospital and my dad suffered from dementia before his passing in 2014,” Trent said. “With the ageing population and increasing instances of dementia being diagnosed, any strategies to improve quality of life for those suffering and those close to them needs to be encouraged.” Trent said his father’s diagnosis was confirmed in 2012 – the same year as the birth of his third child. “Our eldest children were only three and two years old and it saddened me greatly to know that my children wouldn’t have the benefit of dad’s wonderful influence and guidance as they grew up. They wouldn’t get to experience his great qualities that made me admire and respect him.” In his younger days, David played rugby league for Brisbane Easts and captain-coached teams in Ingham and Mackay. He worked as a salesman before retiring but just years into his retirement the father-of-two became increasingly dependent, needing assistance in almost every area of his life and experienced personality changes - all heartbreaking symptoms of his dementia diagnosis.
ABOVE: Trent Wakerley introduces his dad David to a new grandchild. INSET LEFT: Mr Wakerley and his wife Robyn. INSET BELOW: Mr Wakerley loved spending time on the water. “The most difficult part for dad was his claustrophobia combined with the completely opposite issues with security,” Trent said. “He needed the house to be completely locked up by 5pm, but then panicked as he felt claustrophobic and needed to escape. It was so traumatic for him. “My parents and my sister’s family had a dual-living arrangement which enabled dad to have family support around the clock.” Lack of sleep was another problem and David rarely slept at night. Everyday tasks also became a struggle, as well as progressive memory loss.
“The most difficult part for our family was knowing the turmoil that he was going through, but being unable to help him,” Trent said. “The gradual decline in brain functioning and cognitive ability is very difficult to see in someone you love.” According the Australian Department of Health, there are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia who require specialist care and that number is expected to grow to more than 536,000 by 2025. ARC’s Dementia Garden is expected to be completed by June and the next Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be held on June 3 in Buderim.
It saddened me greatly to know that my children wouldn’t have the benefit of dad’s wonderful influence and guidance as they grew up. They wouldn’t get to experience his great qualities that made me admire and respect him.
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Plucky Zara Schleusener has always stayed positive through her health battles.
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AND WE’RE NOT DONE YET!
One battle after another for plucky youngster AS Zara Schleusener completes her first term of Year 1, it’s hard to believe that this time last year she was in the throes of a two-year battle with leukaemia. Zara was born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect which led to open-heart surgery at just 14 weeks of age. Then, just before her fourth birthday, she was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. “Nothing can prepare you for that news,” her mother Shannon said. “Her treatment felt long and drawn out. At times it was very stressful, but I felt like we had lots of people from all different fields from family members to charity organisations and hospital staff that made it a much more bearable experience.” Zara was a regular face at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) where she was visited by the Wishlist-funded Clown Doctor service. “Zara’s been through some tough times but has breezed through others – she’s taken treatment like a champ. We couldn’t be prouder of our girl,” her mum said. “She really enjoyed the Clown Doctor visits. It made her boring hospital room a fun space.” The Nambour youngster is now seven years old and celebrated her final chemotherapy treatment in May last year, marking the start of her remission.
Ms Schleusener said apart from taking a little longer than usual to get over common illnesses, Zara was back to full health. “Zara has finished treatment now but we still have to visit the hospital every eight weeks for blood tests and observations. She will need to be screened for five years post-treatment. “From time-to-time during these day visits we’ll get a visit from the Clown Doctors in the waiting room and this brightens our day.” Last year’s 92.7 Mix-FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids appeal raised a record $403,689 to continue the local Clown Doctors service and purchase two paediatric ventilators. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said funds were now needed to continue the program. “Nothing beats seeing a little one’s face light up like they do when the Clown Doctors turn up in their room,” Ms Rowe said. “Unfortunately, we do have children who are admitted to hospital for lengthy periods and some undergo painful treatments. “The Clown Doctors are a welcome distraction and in their first year of service delivered over 10,000 magic moments for sick children and their families at SCUH. “For as little as $5 a week, you can help us fund this amazing service – the first of its kind on the Sunshine Coast.” For more information visit www.wishlist.org.au. Page 21
Donors save kids a trip to the city
Couple’s fundraising efforts helping to spare other families the same trauma
Knowing we could have been treated locally as an option and that we are partially responsible for having that equipment here makes us feel wonderful.
FOR any parent, needing urgent medical care is an experience you don’t want to face. Parents-of-three Carlie and Brendan Brial were confronted with an immensely emotional night when their three-year-old son, George, swallowed two coins from his piggy bank and required emergency Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery. The traumatic night happened in 2011, ironically just after the Brials co-organised a Melbourne Cup luncheon through their business BOQ Mooloolaba to raise thousands of dollars to purchase vital ENT equipment for the Surgical Services Unit at Nambour Hospital. At the time, the Brials had no way of knowing just how quickly they would need this equipment for their own family emergency. "George was rushed to hospital with a coin stuck in his oesophagus and another in his stomach," Mrs Brial remembers. "The doctor informed us the ENT equipment was on its way and due any day but as it hadn’t arrived yet, so we had to make the long trip to Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital." Following the ordeal, Mrs Brial said she was glad that her family’s efforts contributed to preventing other families from having to travel to Brisbane for ENT treatment. "With a three-year-old crying all the way to Brisbane in the middle of a rainy night, the trip became very long and stressful," she said. "Knowing we could have been treated locally as an option and that we are partially responsible for having that equipment here makes us feel wonderful." The much-needed ENT equipment became available to public patients
Brendan and Carlie Brial (right) with Darryl and Dianne Olson who helped in their fundraising for the ENT equipment. on the Coast on December 5, 2011 thanks to $130,000 of community donations.
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Tony Sullivan is keeping healthy after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and is keen to stay fit while undergoing chemotherapy.
PHOTO: WARREN LYNAM
Tony’s fit and fighting back Wishlist-funded exercise physiology gym helping cancer patients stay in condition
Having this gym and the guidance of my physiologist Curtis has been really great and I can pop in here before my treatment which is convenient.
JUST over one year ago, Tony Sullivan sat in an oncologist’s office being told he potentially had six months left to live. Stage four terminal bowel cancer was the 54-year-old’s diagnosis and there was nothing that could prepare the father-of-two for the devastating news. The former lifesaver is a regular face throughout the wards of the Adem Crosby Centre at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and a regular on the treadmill at Queensland’s first dedicated exercise physiology gym for cancer patients. “I have been put on a new trial out of America – I was the first person on this particular treatment on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Sullivan said. “I have chemo every two weeks on Mondays and have a pump attached which involves an ongoing infusion until it is removed 48 hours later. “I’m still feeling fairly well. I have just returned from the Tamworth Music Festival and I still keep my fitness up.” Mr Sullivan is one of hundreds of patients currently undergoing cancer treatment who have access to the new exercise physiology gym at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. A total of $25,000 was raised by Wishlist through community donations to purchase specialised equipment for the space. “I still swim about 1km most days at Mooloolaba Beach and work out here (at SCUH) when I come in for treatment,” Mr Sullivan said. “Having this gym and the guidance of my physiologist Curtis has been really great and I can pop in here before my treatment which is convenient. “Curtis knows his stuff, he explains everything when you are doing your exercise and makes it a lot easier. Everyone just loves him and he brings
that social atmosphere too.” Exercise physiologist Curtis Forbes said a growing body of research had shown that “exercise medicine” benefitted most people during and after cancer treatment. “I’m so proud to see the patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy in here exercising and interacting with one another,” Mr Forbes said. “Last year I approached Wishlist with this idea and here we are seven months later offering a Queensland-first service to Sunshine Coast cancer patients. “Exercise can help manage many of the common side effects of treatment, speed up a patient’s return to usual activities, improve quality of life, and some research has shown that it can reduce the risk of cancer returning,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said it was humbling to see the radical project through to completion. “Cancer is a potentially lethal lottery and this centre sees an average of 700 patients each month for treatment,” Ms Rowe said. “We are grateful to every person who participated in our Waterlife event last year and directed donations to help cancer patients. “It means patients like Tony and countless others can access the best possible health care and therapeutic services right here on our doorstep.” Wishlist is currently raising funds for sofa chairs for the ward, as well as iPads for patients to connect with their loved ones while undergoing treatment. If you can make a tax-deductible donation, visit wishlist.org.au. Page 23
Medical research a big winner Wishlist funding helps researchers advance our medical knowledge
Professor Tony Stanton is one of the main beneficiaries of Wishlist’s research funding.
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LAST year Wishlist announced $105,876 worth of research grants at the annual Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Research Day. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the largest funding commitment was awarded to Professor Tony Stanton for a randomised trial of the benefit and cost-effectiveness of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy optimisation in heart failure. More than $46,000 has been dedicated to the project. “Researchers are delving into a range of conditions and methods of care, including chronic kidney disease which affects hundreds of people living locally, a specific therapy used to treat heart failure, the monitoring of invasive diseases in our vulnerable populations, and the barriers of caring for dying newborns close to or at home,” Ms Rowe said. “Researchers on the Sunshine Coast are helping make significant headway in advancing medical knowledge, improving patient care and building the future of medicine with help from Wishlist. “Funding these developments could potentially benefit us all, and it is only possible thanks to the support of our very generous community.” Wishlist also funded a $151,560 instrument which is now being used in Pathology Queensland’s Microbiology Laboratory at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The MALDI-TOF instrument ensures the rapid identification of bacteria so doctors can prescribe the most effective antibiotics. “I know this equipment is regularly used in the Pathology Department and can identify bacteria within 30 minutes, instead of scientists having to wait overnight for results,” Ms Rowe said.
Associate Professor Jennifer Broom, pictured with scientist Leanne Chandra, is on a crusade to stop the over-use of antibiotics.
A woman on a mission
Wishlist funding is helping researcher in her crusade against the over-use of antibiotics
“If we don’t stop over-using antibiotics, common infections will become untreatable.
AS doctors prepare for the 2018 flu season, Wishlist has thrown its support Hospital and Health Service and four other hospitals in Queensland and behind a Sunshine Coast researcher in her crusade against the over-use of NSW. antibiotics. “We found that doctors over-prescribe antibiotics out of concern for the Infectious Diseases Physician, Associate Professor Jennifer Broom, immediate patient outcome and that long-term antimicrobial resistance is based at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, received a $50,000 Wishlist not really considered in their decision-making,” Assoc. Prof Broom said. grant to undertake a collaborative “Diagnosis can be difficult – for example research project which involved the differentiating the flu from bacterial University of New South Wales and infections, which leads to over-prescribing several hospitals in NSW and just in case a bacterial infection is present.” Queensland. Australia has been named as having one “Misuse of antibiotics across Australia of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the and internationally is common (leading to developed world. bacterial resistance) and there are limited According to the World Health new antibiotic agents under Organisation, around 29 million development,” Assoc. Prof Broom said. prescriptions are issued every year. “Worldwide, there has been a Assoc. Prof Broom’s study has now significant increase in resistant been published in many journals and organisms. This means bacterial presented at national and international infections that were once easily cured meetings and is forming the basis of with antibiotics are becoming harder to antibiotic prescribing innovations within treat. Assoc Prof Broom (right) receives her 2013 funding grant from Sunshine Coast University Hospital. “Attempts to influence doctors’ use of Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe with fellow recipients Nicholas Ralph, Ingrid “The more antibiotics are used the more antibiotics have seen limited success Rosbergen and Rohan Grimley. PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON chance bacteria have to become resistant internationally, yet few studies have to them, and this is increasing in Australia explored the reasons why antibiotics are over-prescribed.” and worldwide,” she said. The extensive research program involved interviews with more than 200 “If we don’t stop over-using antibiotics, common infections will become doctors, nurses, managers and pharmacists within the Sunshine Coast untreatable.” Page 25
Hotel partnership benefits everyone
THE Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel is proud to be strengthening community ties following a partnership with Wishlist. Since its opening in November We are pleased to have 2015, the 4.5 star Kawana hotel been able to assist has been assisting Wishlist by Wishlist by whatever various means. means needed "Our strategic location in the heart of the Oceanside Health Hub development, opposite the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, "It also allows public makes us conveniently placed for acknowledgement and appreciation health staff, patients and families,” of our on-going support," Mr Orning hotel general manager John Örning said. said. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said Best "We are in a prime position and Western was directly helping very pleased to be able to support countless Sunshine Coast families the amazing work the Wishlist team through providing emergency does in raising vital funds for the accommodation and giving health public health service, and most staff an exceptional service close to importantly helping patients and the Sunshine Coast University their families during difficult times. Hospital. "We are pleased to have been "John and his team look after us in able to assist Wishlist by whatever Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe with Best Western Hotel general manager John Orning who is a proud supporter of the charity’s means needed - whether it be a work. PHOTO: JORGIA WHITE every way," Ms Rowe said. "So thanks to the partnership with boardroom for crucial strategy and Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel we’re committee meetings or emergency "The forgotten or unknown component of to be equally supportive of the alliance now able to take care of business, our accommodation and an empathetic ear for these situations can be the financial stress partnership with the introduction of supporters and importantly as a charity, our worried family members who have often been created during an already highly emotional WishlistConnect; allowing the hotel an bottom line." thrown into chaotic and highly stressful time." opportunity to communicate with health care For details visit lakekawanahotel.com.au. situations as a result of a medical emergency. The Best Western team is finding Wishlist professionals and the public.
Ausmar team rolls up its sleeves to build homes Josh Green Ausmar Group Wishlist Alliance Partner
Sunshine Toyota proud to sign on as Alliance Partner Darren Venning Sunshine Toyota Wishlist Alliance Partner SUNSHINE Toyota has long been a supporter of Wishlist and the wonderful work they do in our community and 2014 saw us strengthen this relationship further by becoming Alliance Partners. The Sunshine Toyota team proudly donates their time to volunteer and fundraise at initiatives such as the Wishlist Row For Cancer and the Wishlist Charity Christmas Page 26
Gift-wrapping. Sunshine Toyota also funds the Toyota Yaris vehicles used by the Extended Midwifery Service. In 2016 and 2017 we also took the naming rights sponsorship to Wishlist’s Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon. We place great importance in supporting the patients, their families and our hard working hospital and health service employees, and it is for this reason that we will continue to proudly partner with Wishlist. Happy 20th anniversary!
AT AUSMAR we are extremely passionate about building things. While a large portion of that passion involves all things construction, we are also deeply committed to building a better society, particularly close to home here in south-east Queensland. We decided about five years ago to focus the majority of our donations to Wishlists’ cause, which has led to building two The House The Coast Built and raising more than $560,000. Aligning ourselves with a charity that provides much-needed medical equipment and research helps us give back to the community that supports us.
We are also deeply committed to building a better society.
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Wishlist Events and Fundraising Manager, Lisa Wilson, prepares for another gala event to raise money for local health services.
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The passion is inspirational
When generous people come together to work for a common cause, anything is possible By Lisa Wilson Wishlist Events and Fundraising Manager
The event would have not been possible without these dedicated individuals giving their personal time and resources to help Wishlist in our crusade to enhance the Cancer Centre.
OVER 10 years ago I was introduced to Wishlist when I worked at MixFM as the Give Me 5 for Kids coordinator. My first ever event at Wishlist was the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation’s Row for Cancer. At that stage in 2007, the event was one of a kind. It was set on the Maroochy River and we had to find competitors to race in corporate outrigging, skis, kayaks and nipper events – not exactly an easy feat. The event was created to raise funds for the newly-built Cancer Centre at Nambour Hospital. We formed a committee of dedicated volunteers including Col Harper, Tim Ryan and Mike Dwyer and held the meetings at Maroochy Surf Club. And what an experience! I loved every minute because of the passion and creativity all in one room. The event would have not been possible without these dedicated individuals giving their personal time and resources to help Wishlist in our crusade to enhance the Cancer Centre. I went into the first committee meeting thinking "what am I doing, I don’t even know about water sports, let alone running a water sports event?". The next job was to secure corporate partners and registrations. We literally door-knocked every single surf club from Noosa to the Gold Coast to get entrants. I am still surprised today at the level of support Sunshine Coast businesses and the community offered Wishlist and the Row for Cancer. It became an annual event for the next decade.
That’s why we do this year after year, event after event – we raise funds for those who need it the most. By doing this we bring businesses and the community together, bring out the good in people but mostly to give back. I’m always caught off guard by the generosity of this community giving their time, advice, money and support. It’s all worth it - the blood, sweat and tears. Better still, most of the business and Lisa Wilson and Wishlist colleague Ashlea Heisner personal relationships prepare to throw themselves into another fundraising that started that year challenge. are still around today as many continue to support the priority needs of patients. Collaboration is the key to success with events and fundraising and that’s what we did. It was a priceless event. Page 27
PATIENTS WHO STOLE OUR HEARTS
Russell’s memory lives on Family and friends chip in to help Wishlist’s work at cancer centre DESPITE his own cancer battle, town planner Chris Schomburgk was quick to lend a hand in honour of his late mate Russell Ryter. In October 2010, Mr Schomburgk’s friend and colleague lost his battle with cancer, but what happened next was extraordinary. "When Russell passed, myself and a few other close friends decided to do something in his name and we were The late Russell Ryter. overwhelmed with support," Mr Schomburgk said. "Russell was well respected in his profession as a town planner, especially his role in giving expert evidence to the courts, so we received donations from judges, barristers, lawyers, other town planners and allied professionals. We received donations from "The end result judges, barristers, lawyers, was way beyond other town planners and allied what we ever imagined and is a professionals. The end result credit to him as the was way beyond what we ever professional he imagined and is a credit to him was." as the professional he was. Mr Schomburgk and his group’s fundraising efforts in memory of their friend resulted in a phenomenal $30,000 donation to Wishlist, which was directed to Nambour Hospital’s Cancer Centre. The funds were used to upgrade the centre’s multi-disciplinary audio-visual equipment, as per the wishes of Mr Ryter’s family. Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the new equipment was beneficial to not only the Oncology Department but the entire health district for diagnostic consultations, teleconferencing and student learning. Mr Schomburgk is no stranger to the battle his friend faced, after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 10 years ago. "I had six months of chemo with Dr John Reardon ... he is one of the Coast’s unsung heroes in my book," Mr Schomburgk said. "After a short respite in late 2008, I had stem cell collection at the Wesley in Brisbane and following three years of maintenance treatment
Russell Ryter’s father John (right) and mate Chris Schomburgk with the plaque to mark the donation of $25,000 to the oncology unit at the Nambour General Hospital in Russell's memory. PHOTO: BARRY LEDDICOAT
Cancer centre nursing unit manager Leanne Stone and Dr Michelle Cronk check out some of the equipment on the day friends and family of the late Russell Ryter donated funds towards it. PHOTO: CADE MOONEY and no recurrence, I now have annual check-ups and so far so good. "I’ve been in remission since and my health remains good.” For the past 12 years Mr Schomburgk has been involved with Sunshine Coast Challenge Golf, which has donated more than $105,000 to Wishlist over the past 10 years. Ms Rowe said the Sunshine Coast Challenge Golf were regular supporters of Wishlist and 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids. "The Sunshine Coast community really is incredible," she said. "With the support of groups like Challenge Golf, Wishlist is able to purchase life-saving equipment and enhance services like our previous $1.7 million commitment to cancer care.”
The Sunshine Coast community really is incredible.
THE WISHLIST FAMILY
BY THE NUMBERS Since 1998, Wishlist has raised and directed over
to the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. A total of $555,700 spent on ultrasounds including an Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) for lung cancer patients, a Flex Focus ultrasound to see potentially-cancerous tumours during general surgery, and an ultrasound for prostate biopsies.
Since 2009, 15,676 people have been able to rest their heads at the $2.5 million Reed House at Nambour.
$430,000 to purchase
$300,000 to build a sky
bridge to link Reed House to Nambour Hospital.
of every donation is directed to a priority cause.
towards the educational needs of local health staff.
ophthalmology equipment to expand public eye services at Caloundra Hospital.
Gympie Coffee House has raised and directed $238,000 into Gympie Hospital since it opened ďŹ ve years ago.
$218,400 to fund two
years of the Clown Doctor program and bring laughter therapy to sick children.
$114,000 to create a specially-designed emergency paediatric department at Nambour Hospital.
Paediatric Family Rooms at the Sunshine Coast $82,000 for two University Hospital - a place for parents to relax and paediatric ventilators for the Nambour Hospital and retreat from clinical Sunshine Coast University environments while still Hospital emergency being close to their departments. bed-bound child. Page 30
Stroke services at Gympie Hospital now boosted, thanks to $33,000 spent on specialised scanning equipment.
$130,000 for Ear,
Nose and Throat equipment to treat our youngest patients from intensive care to emergency.
MEET THE TEAM Why we love what we do.
liSa WilSon Events & Fundraising Manager
hanS de Koning Philanthropy Manager
We are very lucky to have such an amazing community behind us so we can continue to change lives on a local level. I love that we make a difference and I love the community we do it for.
I love working with Wishlist because every day I get to work with the Sunshine Coast community to make a real difference in peoples’ lives. We get to make the Coast a better place to live each and every day.
tRacey Sobey Executive Support Officer
bianca Keegan Communications Officer
I love working at Wishlist because we make a contribution to our local health service which beneﬁts local Sunshine Coast families.
As a mum and daughter, I feel acutely aware of how we often take good health for granted until someone gets sick. I love that Wishlist positively impacts countless families across the Coast every day.
RichaRd WaRd Wishlist Coffee House Manager, Gympie
caRMen SpenceR Marketing Coordinator
It’s an absolute pleasure seeing equipment we have funded saving lives.
It’s humbling to be a part of an organisation that makes such a big impact on our local community.
aShlea heiSneR Events & Marketing Assistant
MiK aela holland WishlistConnect Marketing Coordinator
I love the feeling when I see that ﬁnal tally and know Wishlist is really making a difference within our community – knowing those funds raised will go towards helping somebody’s loved one.
I love being able to work for an organisation that will support each person on the Sunshine Coast at some point. It’s amazing when our whole community gets behind us to change so many lives on the Coast.
Megan FaWdon Financial Controller
anita RechenbeRg Admin Manager
It makes me so proud to walk through the building and be able to physically put hands on items and equipment and see the services that we’ve assisted the community in providing to our health system.
It is wonderful to see all our fundraising efforts go towards supporting the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.
Wishlist 20 years