Hummingbird House is a palliative care service focussing on children and young people (up to 18 years of age) with life-limiting conditions and high health care usage due to significant fragility and complex medical needs. The service is designed to provide symptom management, short break stays, as well as end of life and after death care

Hummingbird House aims to provide a state-wide service and includes a licensed health care facility accredited under the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. We have an established team of experienced nurses and personal care workers who are led by our Clinical Services Manager, Kelly Oldham and Nurse Practitioner, Andrea Coe.  Three local general practitioners provide medical cover along with our medical leads Ross Pinkerton and Christine Mott. In addition to the clinical team, Hummingbird House offers family support services in house and in the community.

Children and young people who are likely to be accepted to access the services of Hummingbird House are those with:

  • Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment has failed or lead to serious complications or
  • Progressive conditions without curative treatment options or
  • Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability, leading to susceptibility to health complications

In each of these situations an early death would not be unexpected.

Referrals are accepted from any clinician involved in your child’s care with confirmation from their paediatrician.

After acceptance of your referral, Hummingbird House staff will contact you to arrange for us to carry out a Holistic Needs Assessment with you which will help us identify your individual needs and goals.

This assessment will guide us in working out how Hummingbird House can best support your family.

If you are interested in accessing Hummingbird House, please contact us on 07 3621 4336 or email for further discussion.