Palliative care at the heart of The Hospital Research Foundation Group
Palliative care will become another important focus area for The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) this year as it officially welcomes South Australian charity Laurel Palliative Care Foundation (LPCF) into its Group. The move paves the way for more funds to be directed into research and patient care for families and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
The merger, which will officially commence from 1 July, will increase efficiencies for LPCF and enable the two organisations to band together to maximise their impact and garner state-wide philanthropic support for this essential area of healthcare. For 30 years LPCF has provided vital end-of-life support through research and education to the Laurel Hospice (formerly Daw Park Hospice), part of the Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.
THRF supports more than 50 areas of medical research and patient care, with its focus on palliative care growing over the past three years through extensive grants to the Central (including Women’s and Children’s Hospital), Northern and Southern Palliative Services.
Welcoming LPCF to the group
THRF CEO Paul Flynn said he was pleased to welcome LPCF as the eighth charity in THRF’s Group, emphasising the importance of the charitable sector working together to provide outcomes to the community.
“We have been observing and communicating with LPCF for many years and are very impressed with the quality of support they provide patients and families at the Laurel Hospice and in the Southern Adelaide community,” Paul said.
“Our aim is to increase support for palliative care services further in South Australia across all public health networks and raise awareness about the support patients and families need when a loved one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care is a journey we all experience at one time or another, and a community discussion is needed to identify ways to continue improving levels of care and dignity for people during this difficult time.
“From birth to end-of-life, THRF Group is fighting for all South Australians and we thank our donors and ticket buyers in the Hospital Research Home Lottery for their ongoing support.”
We are stronger together
LPCF Executive Officer Tony Lawson, who will remain involved in the charity through THRF, said he is delighted LPCF is joining the THRF Group to strengthen palliative care services to LPCF and eventually to the wider South Australian community.
“We are proud of the evolution and outcomes of LPCF over the past 30 years and excited to be part of this next chapter of growth, advocacy and community impact with THRF, knowing that we are stronger together in supporting those facing life-limiting illnesses,” Tony said.
“At the heart of everything we do is our ongoing commitment to support the staff and those in palliative care and their families
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The Laurel Palliative Care Foundation provides funds for essential services to patients at end-of-life, to support Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS), either in Laurel Hospice itself or within our community. We strive for the best care at end of life, for all.
“Here’s to the most wonderful caring community – we appreciate and value all you did for our son in such a holistic environment. Many thanks again, words don’t seem enough.”
Cheryl, mother of Tom – Laurel Hospice patient
The Laurel Palliative Care Foundation enables people receiving end-of-life care in Southern Adelaide to access care and services above and beyond those traditionally funded by Government. The Foundation also plays a key role through the development of high-level relationships and collaborations with research and education institutions in providing funds for palliative and end-of-life research and enhanced palliative care education.