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Little Haven Memorial Service

Little Haven Memorial Service

Jul 22, 2018

TODAY- Commencing at 2pm at The Wesleyan Methodist Church, Exhibition Road, Gympie. Service followed by releasing of doves and afternoon tea. The annual Little Haven Memorial Service provides a chance for the community to reflect on the memory of loved ones and pay tribute to the patients we have cared for over the past year.

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Sharing Community Warmth

Sharing Community Warmth

Jul 19, 2018

Taking a leaf from 10 year old Tasmanian boy Oliver’s brilliant idea to help Hobart’s homeless “Free on a tree” campaign Little Haven decked our Winter Tree on Mary with a selection of warm coats. With the temperature dropping to around 2 tonight we hope like Oliver “that people who need the coats will take

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Little Haven Week 2018

Little Haven Week 2018

Jul 4, 2018

July 15th – July 22nd Each year Little Haven Palliative Care and Cancer Support celebrates our proud service to the Gympie community providing the best model of dignified end of life care for the terminally ill, support for chemotherapy patients and counselling and follow up for the bereaved. 2018 represents 39 years of developing compassionate

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Humankindness

Humankindness

Feb 21, 2018

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. Standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. So it was this week when the QAS was tasked with the responsibility of transporting our palliative patient from their home of 40 years

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Dr David Nimmo – Life Member

Dr David Nimmo – Life Member

Feb 1, 2018

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Dr David Nimmo – Little Haven Palliative Care life member Dr Nimmo was a well known and highly respected long-term Gympie GP and a tireless community supporter.  Including being the first president of Gympie’s Meals on Wheels, long-time member of the Lions Club and life member of

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January 2018 Haven Happenings

January 2018 Haven Happenings

Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year to all our Volunteers, Patients, Carers, Staff and families. The latest Little Haven Newsletter is out now. My new years resolution is to publish newsletters more regularly again! To put that into perspective I also resolved to avoid eating the many sweet treats we get here from grateful families – 4 hours

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Meet our Nurses

Meet our Nurses

Oct 25, 2017

Yesterday it was so lovely to see Kelly (our energizer bunny) with our newest member of staff Gary, heading out the door to begin their patient visits, both looking so bright and colourful.  I had to take a picture to share with you all. What a pleasure to have Gary join our team, having experienced

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Little Haven Pop Up Shop July 3rd – 28th

Little Haven Pop Up Shop July 3rd – 28th

Jul 10, 2017

The Little Haven Pop Up Shop is now open for it’s 4 week stint July 3rd – July 28th  at 177 Mary Street (formerly Dick Smiths). Open Mon – Fri  8am – 4pm and Sat 8am – 12 noon. Eftpos facilities available Plants, furniture, craft, books, clothing, crockery, electrical goods, mobility aids, homemade cakes &

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Interview with Annie Gaffney ABC Sunshine Coast Radio

Interview with Annie Gaffney ABC Sunshine Coast Radio

May 23, 2017

Thank you Annie Gaffney and ABC Sunshine Coast Radio for the opportunity in National Palliative Care Week to speak about Little Haven’s model of care and the frustrations this demonstrated model of care does not receive equitably funded. Nor does QHealth have any appetite  to adopt our model in other areas of Qld that do not have

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Minister Dick – Our Service deserves better funding

Minister Dick – Our Service deserves better funding

May 18, 2017

Gympie has a model of palliative care that ticks all the boxes – early access to palliative care, true 24/7 access to professional nursing care and support, a model that values the pivotal role our local Doctors play in the initial diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of their patients with a  terminal illness and access

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Gratitude Walk and Fun Run July 16th 2017

Gratitude Walk and Fun Run July 16th 2017

Apr 3, 2017

Registrations are now open for Little Haven Palliative Care’s Gratitude Walk and Fun Run Sunday 16th July, 2017. Register now and Start Fundraising to be in the mix for some great prizes! Whether your pace is slow or aerobic in cadence come along and enjoy the pleasure of movement, the warmth of Gympie’s winter and

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Sue Turner – Much Loved Volunteer

Sue Turner – Much Loved Volunteer

Feb 27, 2017

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.” It is with great sadness I pay tribute to our dear friend and volunteer Sue Turner  – Sue leaves

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Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities

Feb 20, 2017

Little Haven is featured on the Community Wall at The Compassionate Communities Symposium currently underway in Sydney. Compassionate Communities is an international movement that aims to support communities to recognise the needs of people who are approaching the end of their lives, and develop initiatives to support them during this important stage of life. I’d

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Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Dec 21, 2016

Here we are, days away from Christmas and soon to farewell 2016. Phew! I know many will be pleased to put it to bed. A year that’s seen a surge in admissions, a frenzied fundraising effort and a swathe of challenges for volunteers and staff, testing our mettle. As they say “we can’t direct the wind,

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Vale Phyl Moran 28/12/1923 – 13/09/2016

Vale Phyl Moran 28/12/1923 – 13/09/2016

Dec 21, 2016

Vale Phyllis Moran – Foundation Member of Little Haven Palliative Care 28/12/1923 – 13/09/2016 I’d like to start with this message from Kathy Walker posted on The Little Haven facebook page Dear Phyl, She was beside Mum (Phyl Little) right from the start, fundraising and spreading the palliative care message. She kept the fight going

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Community Based Palliative Care

Community Based Palliative Care

Nov 28, 2016

Community Based Palliative Care – Little Haven a working model. I am incredibly nervous about addressing a group of health care professionals with better credentials in palliative care than I, and nervous that my emotions will overcome me. Because currently my mum’s glioblastoma multiforma, diagnosed 14 months ago, is catching up with her and my

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The Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular

The Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular

Oct 21, 2016

October 29-30, 2016 The Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular is quickly gaining recognition as a “must-do” event. Biennially, it boasts a diverse collection of inspirational quilts and patchworks, the textile arts, fibres & basketry, papercraft, embroidery, lacework, freeform knitting, woodwork, pottery, spinning and more. Immerse yourself in this spectacular showcase, handcrafted by artisans from throughout SE Qld and

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Springtime at Springhalls September 10th 2016

Springtime at Springhalls September 10th 2016

May 24, 2016

741 Shadbolt Road Cedar Pocket Saturday 10th September 2016 1.30 – 5.30pm Springtime at Springhalls is a step back in time to a more refined era with pimms, games on the lawn, high tea, live music, fashion, market stall shopping, raffles, goodie box, auctions and a most fashionable hat competition!  

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Little Haven Bereavement Support Groups

Little Haven Bereavement Support Groups

Feb 25, 2016

Little Haven holds regular informal bereavement support group meeting at our centre that are open to anyone who has experienced loss and grief. Participants may attend whenever they wish free of charge. Coping with loss is discussed in a supportive and confidential environment, facilitated by experienced bereavement support staff Sally and Lisa. Topics shared may include dealing with

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The Peaceful Garden

The Peaceful Garden

Feb 18, 2016

The Peaceful Garden – A Bereavement Support Project With our ‘earth mother’ Sally taking over the bereavement support reins in 2014 it was suggested she might like to consider a bereavement garden project for everyone to enjoy. In the blink of an eye with the support of Leuwin and Qld Health giving us the green light, Sally

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Little Haven’s 2015 Business Managers Report

Little Haven’s 2015 Business Managers Report

Oct 12, 2015

“A Tree stands strong not by its fruit or branches, but by the depth of its roots” Anthony Liccione Business Managers Report  2014/2015 As I sit trying to write this Report, having recently been told the devastating news my mum has an aggressive brain tumour I’m just a daughter terrified for what lies ahead for

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Gympie Garden Expo Sat May 2nd & Sun May 3rd

Gympie Garden Expo Sat May 2nd & Sun May 3rd

Apr 9, 2015

You will find something for everyone on the first weekend in May as the Gympie Garden Expo once again promises to shine with fascinating plant displays. It hosts one of the states largest collection of orchids with Gympie’s annual competition. There are informative talks, with the ever popular plant clinic and market stalls offering plants,

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How Does Palliative Care Manage Hope

How Does Palliative Care Manage Hope

Jan 16, 2015

Viktor Frankl survived the extermination camps of the Second World War. He wrote that “the last of human freedoms” was the ability to “choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances”. This encapsulated what one of our primary aims in Palliative Care must be….. to guide and nurture the movement of hope towards realistic

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Another lovely day at Springtime at Springhalls

Another lovely day at Springtime at Springhalls

Sep 15, 2014

The Springtime Garden Party held biannually is always a lovely way to spend the afternoon but this year was exceptional …. Gorgeous spring day, gardens looking magnificent, large crowd, beautiful hat parade, Delicious sweet treats stalls and a happy and supportive crowd. The Auction of quality craft items and other goodies donated by local businesses was

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Fundraising Round Up

Fundraising Round Up

Aug 6, 2014

After a VERY successful 3 week stint the Little Haven POP UP shop closed last Saturday and the Marketeers can now enjoy a well earned rest. They do an amazing job and we are very lucky to have generous donations come in the door nearly as fast as they go out. Thank you to all involved.

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Little Haven Shed Sale

Little Haven Shed Sale

Feb 12, 2014

Little Haven Massive Shed Sale Saturday31st  May 7am to 1pm with Sausage Sizzle 12 Chapple Street Sheds (Opposite Railway Workshops) Furniture Galore Potted plants Clothes Books & Videos Linen, odds, sods and everything in between All goods sold at a very reasonable price. Delivery by negotiated price can be arranged. All donations gratefully accepted at

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A Christmas Message 2013

A Christmas Message 2013

Dec 17, 2013

With the busy festive season just around the corner, we offer our thoughts and prayers to our  patients and their families who may not be feeling terribly festive.  This Christmas may be a time of mixed blessings and emotions. Hold your loved ones tight and create the moments in time, that will be cherished memories

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Little Haven Shed Sale

Sep 11, 2013

  Saturday 21 September 2013 7am – 2 pm with Sausage Sizzle 12 Chapple Street Sheds                                          Opposite Railway Workshops Furniture   Potted plants Clothes Books & Videos Linen odds and sods and everything in between

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Thank You to Our Seniors

Thank You to Our Seniors

Aug 21, 2013

This week August 17–25 is Seniors Week and I would like to take the chance to thank whole heartedly the wonderful seniors who are the backbone of our organisation. Little Haven’s volunteers hit well above the 65 + average age but prove age is no barrier with their ability for hard work and enormous sense

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Reflection on acceptance of death

Reflection on acceptance of death

Aug 12, 2013

“How would we live our lives if we were fully aware that we are mortal. What if we realised that we were going to die sooner than we think. What if we accepted it ….” In this wonderful 5 min video from ehospice  Dr. Alejandro Jadad speaks about Acceptance http://vimeo.com/58946248

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Morning Tea

Community Volunteers Morning Tea

Jul 16, 2013

Community Volunteers Morning Tea The Civic Centre, Mellor Street Gympie Tuesday 23 July 2013 10:30am Annual Community Volunteers Morning Tea ~Tuesday, 23rd July Our way of saying thank you to our 120 volunteer members who give their time and expertise across a range of services – from fundraising to providing respite care for families Little

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Little Haven Week 2015

Little Haven Week 2015

Jul 16, 2013

>Little Haven Week 2015 Friday 10th July to Sunday 19th July followed by The Pop Up Shop opening on July 20th Please join us for Little Haven Week 2015 as we celebrate another year of providing quality end of life care and cancer support to residents of the Gympie and surrounding region and kick start

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“Christmas in July” Lunch

“Christmas in July” Lunch

Jul 1, 2013

Saturday 20th July 2013 from 12.30pm Christmas need not come but once a year, celebrate with all the trimmings at The Little Haven Palliative Care Lunch. Scrumptious three course traditional Christmas Lunch with Great Entertainment by the ever popular Tom McCahon for just $35 adults or $20 children (5-12) Entree Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Roll

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Value of Early Intervention of Palliative Care Services Being Recognised

Value of Early Intervention of Palliative Care Services Being Recognised

Mar 13, 2013

From the New England Journal of Medicine…… The demand for palliative care specialists is growing rapidly, since timely palliative care consultations have been shown to improve the quality of care, reduce overall costs, and sometimes even increase longevity. The field grew out of a hospice tradition in which palliative treatment was delivered only at the

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Telling One’s Story Brings a Sense of Completion for The Dying

Telling One’s Story Brings a Sense of Completion for The Dying

Jan 22, 2013

Palliative Care Australia has just published a great article about Palliative Care Biography Services here . This is a wonderful article beautifully written by one of their Biography Volunteers. Little Haven  has also been offering this service to our patients for the past couple of years with some really heart warming responses to it.  Our volunteer Graeme Chisolm

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Empty Chairs At The Christmas Table

Empty Chairs At The Christmas Table

Dec 5, 2012

Christmas is a wonderful time to pause and count our blessings and delight in our family and friends. Unfortunately for some, the Christmas season is also one of sadness and loss. Even though I lost my father a number of years ago, Christmas is a time when I feel his absence most acutely. Dad left

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Fuss and Flair August 2012 Bridal Expo

Jul 18, 2012

  The August 2012 Bridal Expo promises to have something for everyone. Local businesses will be there to help Brides and Grooms to make their special day an occasion they will remember with a smile forever. If you are graduating this year and looking to see what is available for you locally then the Expo is the

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Annual Memorial Service

Jun 23, 2012

Event Name: Annual Memorial ServiceLocation: Wesleyan Methodist Church – Exhibition RoadStarts Sunday 22 July 2012 at 2:00pm and ends Sunday 22 July 2012Description: The annual Little Haven Memorial Service provides a chance to reflect on the memory of loved ones and for us to pay tribute to the 140 patients we have cared for and

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Ladies Night  – Friday August 3rd

Ladies Night – Friday August 3rd

Jun 5, 2012

Ladies Night The Pavilion Gympie Friday 3rd August 2012 from 6.30pm Link out: Click here  “If ever there’s been a show that does exactly what it says on the tin then Ladies Night is surely it. Raunchy, risque and rollicking good fun”.   Chris High The ultimate night out and not only for the girls! FEATURING KEN JAMES

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“Springtime At Springhalls” – September 13th 2014

“Springtime At Springhalls” – September 13th 2014

Mar 28, 2012

Springtime At Springhalls 741 Shadbolt Road Cedar Pocket Saturday 13th September 1.30 – 5.30pm A fun afternoon with delicious food, music, games on the lawn, raffles, auctions and a most fashionable hat competition! Delicious High Tea style menu served to you Licensed Bar Relax and listen to the music of  wafting across  the beautifully manicured gardens

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