WORK has begun on Australia's first hospice for young people with the centre to be located at the former Manly Hospital site.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Manly MP James Griffin were on site at the sod turning of the Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice on Monday morning.
Mr Griffin said the centre will provide specialised care, including bereavement support and counselling.
"This hospice will fill a much-needed gap for young people who outgrow Manly's renowned Bear Cottage or have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions as a young adult," he said.
The Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice will serve 15-24 year olds. It will have eight bedrooms for patients, breakout spaces including a media and games room, as well as two family accommodation units with two bedrooms each.
Mr Griffin said the community's input has helped turn the $19.5 million hospice into a reality.
"The Manly community has made the development of this vital hospice right here on our beautiful coast possible through their wonderful support and donations," he said.
"More than $6.5 million has been raised by the community for this project. This was boosted by an $8 million investment from the NSW Government along with $5 million from the Federal Government.
Ms Berejiklian said it will provide first-class palliative care services and support during the most challenging of times.
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"The hospice will welcome families from right across NSW, including in rural and regional areas," she said.
Construction of the hospice is scheduled for completion in late 2022.
For further information and to support the hospice click here.
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