Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Future secured for Very Special Kids Hospice

Media Release


27 July 2017

Joint release with:

Peter Polson

Chairman of Very Special Kids

Greg Hunt

Minister for Sport
Minister for Health

Kelly O'Dwyer

Federal Member for Higgins
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services

  • Very Special Kids Hospice buys land and two buildings from the Crown
  • Money saved from rent will allow more family support staff
  • Provides 24-hour respite care and programs for children with disabilities and life-threatening illness
  • Project made possible through $4 million investment by the Coalition Government

The future of the Very Special Kids Children's Hospice in Malvern has been secured with the purchase of the Crown Estate comprising the land and the two hospice buildings.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government is committed to supporting regional health services to ensure patients and their families have access to the highest quality service.

“By supporting the hospice to secure this land, around $300,000 will be saved each year in rent, allowing those funds to be reallocated into providing more family support staff in the community,” Minister Nash said.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer who joined the Malvern community for today's announcement said securing this property marks a crucial step towards the continued success of the hospice.

Minister O'Dwyer said the Very Special Kids Hospice provides specialised respite care for children and provided their families with the support they need while dealing with disability, major illnesses, and end-of-life care.

“Dealing with ongoing illness and terminally-ill loved ones is often the most challenging thing we face in life, particularly when children are involved. The hospice makes it possible for families to take a break when needed, knowing the right support is in place for them to do so,” Minister O'Dwyer said.

“Up to 950 families access the short-term accommodation onsite every year to be close by while their child is staying at the hospice. This support will only be strengthened by the announcement of the land purchase today.”

Minister Hunt said the Hospice offers a wide range of programs that make a huge difference in the children's lives including music and art therapy which enables expression without the necessity of speech or hearing.

“The multi-sensory room provides a stimulating yet calm atmosphere for children with disabilities featuring a waterbed, a bubble lamp, many interactive lights and soft play areas,” Minister Hunt said.

“School holiday programs and mates weekends offer activities and interaction for children with life-threatening or physical challenges in a safe and controlled environment.”

Very Special Kids Chairman Peter Polson said he is delighted the capital funding will secure the long-term future of Very Special Kids Hospice.

“It's a very pleasing result after two years of negotiations with both levels of government. After receiving a critical funding pledge from the Australian Government in 2015, the announcement that Victoria's Minister for Health has pledged support is the final piece in the puzzle to safeguard this critically important children's service,” Mr Polson said.

“This capital funding secures our physical location and allows us to focus on raising the $7.5 million of operational funding each year it costs to deliver our services.”

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($4 milllion), Victorian Government ($2.75 million) and the Very Special Kids Hospice ($250,000).