Blood Cancer Support Now Available on the Gold Coast | Leukaemia Foundation

Blood Cancer Support Now Available on the Gold Coast

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 

 

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The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Gold Coast office can now offer full-time direct support to patients and families who have been affected by a blood cancer.

Ann Scholz started last week as the Gold Coast’s inaugural Support Services Coordinator. A Gold Coast local, she is a registered nurse with experience in palliative care. Previously Support Services offices have only been in Brisbane and Townsville.

“A permanent Support Services staff member on the Gold Coast will enable the Foundation to reach more patients,” said Barbara Hartigan, the Director of Support Services.

“Although our Brisbane support staff frequently visit Gold Coast hospitals and patients, it’s important to establish a full-time presence there to improve the access patients and families have to us,” she said.

“While we can reach anyone in the state via phone or email, face-to-face contact is an important part of the support process for people needing advice and assistance.”

Support Services include financial and emotional counselling, workshops, disease information, accommodation, grief services, a program especially for carers, and help with practical matters like Centrelink applications.

“A Gold Coast support staff member will be able to easily make contact with people who need it, in whatever manner they wish—at the hospital, at their home, or in our office,” said Ms Hartigan.

Ms Scholz plans to visit patients in treatment centres throughout the region, from Southport to the border. The Foundation supports patients, carers, and families who have been affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other related blood disorders. It works closely with social workers and haematologists at Queensland hospitals in order to make patient access easier.

“With the new Gold Coast University Hospital, the area is experiencing excellent healthcare growth, so we’re excited to continue to nurture our relationships with these local organisations,” said Ms Hartigan.

The Gold Coast office will also offer information sessions about different types of blood cancers, including presentations from doctors and health professionals.

About the Leukaemia Foundation
The Leukaemia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on the support of individuals, sponsors and business partners to provide vital care for patients and families.

The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and blood related disorders.

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Media Contact:
Ally Tutkaluk, Communications Officer
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland P: 07 3318 4423 E: atutkaluk@leukaemia.org.au

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