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 a holistic approach to care. Clinical support includes symptom management, short break stays, as well as end of life and after death care either at our hospice building in Chermside, or in community.
In addition to the clinical team, Hummingbird House offers family support services. These include creative therapies, chaplaincy, sibling support, specialist grief, after death care and bereavement services.
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 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.
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.
We are also able to accept referrals for children who have already died and would have met the criteria. Families may wish to access practical after death care, funeral and memorial support, or ongoing bereavement care. As with our other services, this may take place onsite at the hospice, in a family’s home, or at another community location.
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, which will help us identify your family 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion. If, as a clinician, you wish to make a formal referral to Hummingbird House, please find the form here.