Launched in February, Road to Respite is a joint initiative between the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Very Special Kids providing transport for regional children with life-threatening conditions to the Very Special Kids Hospice in Malvern.
With many regional families unable to access that hospice due to transport costs and time constraints, this important service will help to reduce fatigue in carers and increase the health and wellbeing of children living with serious illnesses, chronic disease and genetic disorders.
The two-year pilot program aims to transport up to 80 children to Victoria’s only children’s hospice using a vehicle provided through Ambulance Victoria and funding from the William Buckland Foundation. Once transported to the Malvern facility, the children will receive specialised 24-hour nursing care, giving their parents a much needed break.
Partnerships like these are true examples of charities working to their strengths to relieve regional families stress and improve access.
One of the families that have already benefited from the new service is the Bell family from Geelong.