Pictured above: Jennifer Williams AM, Northern Health Board Chair, Amy Dillon and Matthew Wheelton from Wheelton Philanthropy at the launch of the property.
In 2019 Northern Health Foundation launched accommodation for families of patients who travel long distances to visit loved ones receiving care at Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora Centre and Craigieburn Centre.
The three bedroom house in Wollert is fully equipped with amenities and items for families to feel comfortable during their stay, with no direct cost to the families of patients.
The purpose of the accommodation is to lessen the burden on rural and regional families across Victoria who are visiting loved ones that are in our care. Northern Health has over 1,000 patients who travel in excess of 80 kilometres per year to seek treatment at Northern Hospital Epping.
Caring for their loved ones, families of patients need to follow them to hospital, leaving for Melbourne often on short notice, and needing to find accommodation in unfamiliar surroundings during what is already a highly stressful time
The house is part of the Foundation’s 2017 Accommodation Relief Appeal, which was made possible by Northern Health patron and philanthropist,
Paul Wheelton OAM, as well as JT Reid Charitable Trust and Collier Charitable Foundation.
The project has also been made possible by generous corporate supporters, philanthropic trusts, donors and the northern community, and will provide much needed accommodation to the families of Northern Health patients when they need it the most.