Federal Health Minister visits Bloomhill Cancer Centre after funding win Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien visited Bloomhill Cancer Care on Monday afternoon, celebrating the $850,000 Morrison Government investment to strengthen supportive care operations for cancer patients on the Sunshine Coast. Mingling with other VIPs, Bloomhill staff, clients and volunteers, the two enjoyed a tour of the Wellness Centre and an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the successful funding campaign. Mr O’Brien said Bloomhill had been at risk of closing after the State Labor Government rejected funding to support its critical nursing services. “The number of clients Bloomhill supported had increased by almost 50 per cent and, with projections indicating demand would further double within the next decade, there were real fears that it could close because of a lack of financial support,” Mr O’Brien said. “With the commitment to invest $850,000 by the Morrison Government it means the Bloomhill Cancer Care can continue to provide its services on the Sunshine Coast.” The grant is being provided over the next four years. This amount ensures that the present nursing team at Bloomhill is partly funded. However, the push to continue raising awareness and much-needed funds for the entire Bloomhill operation continues. With the harsh reality that the Centre now provides care and wellness support for more than 1200 clients annually (and climbing) the campaign continues to bring more funding to the organisation. CEO Chris Franck welcomed Minister Hunt to the special occasion last Monday and thanked him for the support shown. Mr Franck noted that it had been frustrating that the Queensland state government had not acknowledged the simple business case that Bloomhill has outlined – that by helping clients to live well with cancer that the centre saves the health system millions of dollars. By preventing just one hospital admission per year the cost saving to the state government is $5.4million (based on each admission to Sunshine Coast University Hospital being $4,400 and having 1228 clients) A huge saving to the health sector. Mr Franck said it was with deep appreciation that Bloomhill welcomed the Federal funding which at least ensures the nursing team is secured until 2022. Minister Hunt said the funding boost to Bloomhill was a direct result of the lobbying efforts of Mr O’Brien who launched the SaveBloomhill.com.au campaign, which earlier this year gathered almost 6000 signatures from Sunshine Coast residents. A tour of the Wellness Centre, led by Clinical Services Manager Trish Wilson, showcased just why our innovative nurse-led model of cancer care is something worth investing in to service the needs of the Sunshine Coast community – now and into the future.