Our story – first year
Shared at the 6th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference
October 2019, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia
Compassionate Communities in Action: Reclaiming Ageing, Dying and Grieving
My name is Gillian Hall from Dulong in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.
We are concerned that over 30% of our people are over 60, the forgotten people who are left behind each day when the busy people leave our mostly rural community.
It made good sense to submit an E.O.I to join the Compassionate Communities Project in early 2018.
Our story is unique. We would like to show you that we care, that we want to be involved in actions and planning to activate our communities in caring for our people.
We have some big challenges ahead and believe we need to prepare now.
We launched Compassionate Communities on 31 October 2018.
We started with what we have, applying for some small grants along the way. It has been a busy and challenging year. So much to do, lots of good ideas, and navigating around barriers.
Doing nothing isn’t an option.
While there is a big focus on the Royal Commission and a Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry, we stepped up because we felt the voices of community were missing. We are working with our strengths, rather than focusing on problems.
Our Federal Member said, “if it was easy, someone would have done it already”.
This is what our story looks like so far.
Gratitude to The GroundSwell Project (BUPA Health grant funds) and Cr Rogerson, Division 10 – Discretionary Funding, Sunshine Coast Regional Council. The funds reduced out of pocket expenses to attend the conference.