Sue completed her training as an RN at PA Hospital in Brisbane before spending 7 years as a Nurse Manager in Perth and moving to Gympie in 1990.
Sue joined the Management committee in 1998 before taking on the Business Managers position in 2001. Under her 18-year leadership, Little Haven has grown from supporting 40 palliative care patients a year to more than 240 a year, along with an equal number of bereaved families.
The ‘magic’ Little Haven model, executed by a dedicated team and backed by a committed Gympie community, has attracted attention beyond the region and set precedent for how caring for the dying is addressed in rural and regional Queensland.
As an AIM Qld Rural and Regional Business Manager of the Year and OAM recipient, Sues passion has been fuelled by the need for this change.
Sue holds the position of Palliative Care Qld State Council Secretary, has presented at State Conferences and various other forums and as a staunch advocate for community based palliative care addressed the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services and End of Life Care.
Community Based Palliative Care – The Little Haven Model
Little Haven Palliative Care Inc. is an NGO with a 39 year history of evolving care of the dying in the Gympie region and has a big footprint on the local and Qld palliative care agenda.
Barely a day that goes by that someone, whether client, carer, community member or associated health professional doesn’t mention they can’t see how Gympie would get by without Little Haven.
Our model of care is instrumental in allowing the proper, constant and coordinated support of those living with a life-limiting illness – from early intervention and admission, the supply of appropriate equipment, advice and support – including client-led in home visits from highly skilled and experienced staff, support from allied health, respite volunteers and complementary therapists and importantly the safety net of 24/7 on call care.
Little Haven partners with local organisations and health professionals to provide truly holistic, individualised, non-discriminatory care. Our community knows that they never have to walk this deeply challenging and frightening journey alone.
Our “hospice’ model of community based palliative care was the blue print for the Productivity Commissions number 1 recommendation in their report into end of life care, offering both ‘societal and economic benefits’ for all Australians. In presenting our model, our history and our advocacy for better care of the dying, we wish to be part of the solution for improving access to care in the right place at the right time to maintain independence, maximise quality of life and allow ultimately for a “good death”. Every community, every person in Australia deserves that.
Further information visit: littlehaven.org.au