Freemasons’ Armitage House Palliative Care Appeal

Bass Coast Health recently launched the WE CARE about Bass Coast Health fundraising campaign urging locals to donate locally to help their local health service grow services closer to home. Local Freemasons branch Powlett Lodge has embraced this call by partnering with Bass Coast Health to launch the Freemasons Armitage House Palliative Care Appeal.

The aim of the Appeal is to raise funds for the extension and refurbishment of the palliative care areas in Armitage House at Wonthaggi. Armitage House is the location for the specialist sub-acute services provided by Bass Coast Health – the only specialist sub-acute service in the sub-region. It provides rehabilitation, geriatric evaluation and end-of-life and palliative care to community members.

Back: Powlett Lodge Freemasons Ken Barnes, Russell Anthony, Grahame Treloar and Glen Richards. Front: Bass Coast Health’s CEO Jan Child and Marketing Project Manager Rosemary O’Reilly.

Palliative care is a specialised service incorporating medical, nursing and allied health support.  It focusses on providing relief from symptoms, pain management, and physical and psycho-social support at any stage of the patient’s illness. Hundreds of people every year benefit from this type of support.  In addition to this centre-based care, Bass Coast Health’s community nursing teams provide end of life and palliative care to many people in their own homes every day.

Whilst Bass Coast Health receives excellent funding support for the staff in these areas who are regularly praised for the outstanding care they provide, the equipment used to support this important care needs upgrading, and the health service’s beloved Armitage infrastructure is old and tired. 

The Armitage House refurbishment will see an expansion of its palliative care services, in an environment where people are able to be surrounded by family and friends in a contemporary, caring environment.

Wonthaggi Freemasons member Ken Barnes says, “Our target is to raise $150,000 to go towards this palliative care refurbishment. When we have raised a significant amount locally, we’ll make an application to the Freemasons Charitable Foundation seeking further financial support for this exciting community project. We want to see the palliative care area in Armitage House transformed into a modern and calming space where patients and their loved ones receive specialised care”.

Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child said, “The Freemasons Armitage House Palliative Care Appeal is an important initiative to keep improving our health service.  We are very grateful to the Freemasons for partnering with us to improve the palliative care facilities in Armitage House, and know this will benefit our local community greatly. We have received enormous State and Federal support for our new ED, Theatre and a new surgical ward at the Hospital – Armitage is our next priority, and this fundraising will ensure we can give patients, and their families the best environment possible as they approach the end of their life. We are thrilled to be working alongside our local Freemasons groups and I hope that we can encourage the community to give locally, to ensure we can provide the best care environment locally”.

During the appeal, the Freemasons will hold a range of fundraising activities, in collaboration with Bass Coast Health, kicking off with a formal gala dinner event at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Wednesday 12 June 2019. This is expected to be a sell-out event.  To get your tickets, please contact the Workmen’s Club on 03 5672 1083.

To donate to the Freemasons’ Armitage House Palliative Care Appeal, please email donations@basscoasthealth.org.au or call 03 5671 3372.  All donations are tax deductible.