Pallative care provided

The Ambulance Wish Queensland vehicle at Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. This was the first opportunity via the new partnership between KRCH and Palliative Care Qld to support a KRCH guest visit to Wildlife HQ.

By Kathy Bevin

Katie Rose Cottage Hospice has been operating its 24/7 residential service in leafy Doonan since August 2018.

They provide a fully accredited, quality assured palliative care service with the vision to provide “exceptional care for our terminally ill guests and their loved ones”; the facility “feels like home” and the staff and volunteers refer to patients as “guests”.

With a focus on nurturing a compassionate and relaxed atmosphere, Katie Rose cares for

those approaching end of life and provides support to their family.

Little known is the fact that the Hospice provides this care at no charge to the guest nor their family. While the Queensland State Government provides funding for 20 per cent of the costs, the op shops, community support and fundraising are vital to ensure this exceptional service continues.

Of the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice team, CEO John Gabrielson said “Our staff and volunteers are the heart and soul of our hospice. Their unwavering dedication and compassion make every moment count for our guests and their families.”

He said 2024 is shaping up to be a year of change for the Hospice.

Claire Middleton OAM has taken up the role as new Board Chair, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and boundless enthusiasm. Claire founded the Butterfly Foundation in 2002 and is now focusing her skills to support Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.

To raise funds, a variety of events are planned for the year and to kick off the fundraising calendar, a luncheon will be held at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar on Tuesday 16


The “Lunch and Laughter” afternoon features well-loved comedian, actor, public speaker and author Jean Kittson. Tickets went on sale on March 5.

At time of writing, the Hospice has cared for over 400 guests but following receipt of some Federal Government funding, building an additional two new rooms will begin this year, taking the total number of rooms from three to five. A family member of a Katie Rose guest said: “This government funding is a lifeline for families like ours. It means that more people facing the end of life will have access to the exceptional care and support provided by Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. We are incredibly grateful for this investment, as it will make a profound difference to the lives of countless individuals and families in the future.”

Whilst the build is on, supporting members of the community approaching end of life will continue with the introduction of an Outreach Service which will see nurses caring for people at home.

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