NSW to open Australia’s first young adult hospice

Published: 4 Apr 2017

Australia’s first young adult hospice will be established on Sydney's northern beaches.

Big Bear Cottage will provide palliative, respite, and end–of-life care for young people aged between 18 and their early thirties.

Built on the model of Bear Cottage – NSW’s only children’s hospice, it will provide continuous care and respite for young adults with life-limiting and terminal conditions once they reach 18.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the government would give $2 million in funding each year to support Big Bear Cottage.

The funding will ensure young adults with life-limiting and terminal illnesses continue to receive these much-needed services.

“Bear Cottage has been providing incredible support and care for families with children who suffer life-limiting and terminal illnesses over the past 15 years,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Unfortunately, when children turn 18, they no longer have access to these services.”

The government will assist with securing a location for the Big Bear Cottage, possibly on the site of Manly Hospital.

Learn more about Bear Cottage

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