Children’s Hospice: Child and Adolescent Health Service defends Swanbourne location
The Child and Adolescent Health Service defended the selection of Swanbourne as the location for a children’s hospice.
Some Nedlands town councilors and members of the community claimed the proposed hospice in Swanbourne’s Allen Park was unacceptable due to fire risk, inaccessibility and being in a class A reserve.
They suggested that the children’s hospice would be better built or housed elsewhere, such as at Lady Lawley Cottage in Cottesloe or the Sunset Heritage Precinct in Dalkeith.
CAHS Acting CEO Valerie Jovanovic said CAHS established site selection criteria by reviewing the locations of existing children’s hospices nationally and internationally.
“The scope of selection of the hospice site specified a natural setting preferably close to water, offering a serene green environment and opportunities for walks and/or games in nature, in accordance with the objective of offering the best quality of life through a holistic approach to palliative care and to promote the physical, emotional, social and spiritual support of the child and their family,” she said.
Ms. Jovanovic, the site needed to support a new purpose-built facility with land tenure available.
“A number of sites have been reviewed and assessed. The vacant site of the former Swanbourne Bowling Club at Allen Park met more criteria than other sites and was chosen as the preferred option,” she said.
She said the hospice would care for children up to 18 with life-limiting conditions requiring palliative care.
“He will provide specialist care and treatment outside of a clinical hospital setting to help families live the best possible life. Home environment and welcoming atmosphere are prioritized in the design,” she said.
Ms. Jovanovic said ACSS will implement a traffic management plan to ensure safe and efficient vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
And despite recent reports on the front page of the Post newspaper that the facility had “hit a fiery roadblock” with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, CAHS was adjusting the project to ensure it met the changes recommended by the DFES.
“Consultants engaged by the project management team assessed the proposed building and site and produced a bushfire management plan, which was assessed by DFES alongside the publicity period for the development application. “said Ms. Jovanovic.
“Further development of the Bushfire Management Plan will be in line with DFES recommendations to meet bushfire safety standards for the site, building and its occupants.”