Bloomhill Cancer Care faces funding crisis

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien is calling on the State Government to send a lifeline to iconic Buderim not-for-profit wellness centre, Bloomhill Cancer Care, amid its funding crisis.
Bloomhill has until February 15 to make critical decisions on reducing services and staff and limiting program admissions.
Its current main funding source is 12 op shops across the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, but its income can’t keep up with service demand.
It supports 1,228 clients – an increase of 46 per cent  since 2013 and future projections indicate client numbers will double within 10 years.
The wellness centre currently employs 47 staff, including specialist oncology nurses and  allied health professionals and has the support of more than 450 volunteers.
Bloomhill CEO Chris Franck said the centre had around 40 new admissions and 20 discharges each month, a net growth of 240 clients per year.
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