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Posted by admin, July 6, 2016 5:00 am


A beautifully crafted wooden seat has been donated to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to help patients at the new Cancer Care Unit.347

It was a joint donation from the B’R’EST Friends Support Group and David and Selina Petersen who with their infamous pink tractor were taking donations at last year’s Agro Trend.

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the seat would be very well used by cancer patients particularly those awaiting collection from their treatment.

B’R’EST Friends member Maxine Burrage said the group wanted to give back something to the community and as having been through cancer at some point members wanted to help out others undergoing cancer treatment.

Posted by admin, October 29, 2014 3:13 am

A collaboration between a major business and community groups in Bundaberg has resulted in the delivery of new breastfeeding and baby information packs for new families.

Margaret Wass, Deb Coulbourne from Coral Coast Pharmacies with Jessie, Driss and bay Aimira.

Margaret Wass, Deb Colbourne from Coral Coast Pharmacies with Jessie, Driss and baby Aimira.

A funding application by The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to local business Coral Coast Pharmacies resulted in a donation of $3800 towards the project – not only for new dad’s information manuals but also the Hello Baby Directory which is a local guide to services for families. The Foundation also contributed a further $1422.

The project was done in conjunction with the Bundaberg Family and Baby Network (FAB).

 Foundation Manager Maria Burnet said she was extremely grateful for the enormous financial support contributed by Coral Coast Pharmacies to ensure these packs could continue to support the work being done by midwives and medical teams in the Antenatal Clinic and Family Unit at BundabergHospital.

“Raising awareness of the value of breastfeeding through the promotion, education and support of mothers, families, professionals and the wider population in Bundaberg and surrounding areas is vital and assisting in health promotion is a role of the Foundation,’’ Ms Burnet said.

Nurse Unit Manager of the Bundaberg Family Unit Dohna Myler said fathers have been identified as a key target area and giving them support and knowledge has shown to be important in both the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.

“The result has been to provide more male focussed information to fathers during the antenatal period on topics such as bonding, post-natal depression and changing roles in parenthood.’’

West Bundaberg Pharmacy Retail Manager, Deb Colbourne said the Coral Coast Pharmacies group could see that this project would be of enormous benefit to new families in ensuring they receive support with their new baby, when they needed it, so immediately provided the financial funding required.

Margaret Wass from Bundaberg Family Relationship Centre said that FAB was made up of key service delivery agencies within the Bundaberg region family sector. The network and associated working groups have been operating in the Bundaberg community since 2006.

“The aim of FAB is to bring together key partners in order to work together to promote and enhance the heath and wellbeing of families from conception to adulthood,’’ Ms Wass said.

“The network recognises the need to be holistic in approach targeting the community in which the infant and family live, work and play.’’

The Network took on the facilitation role of the Breastfeeding Network including their project of providing Antenatal with information packs for Dads. It has also been printing and reviewing the Hello Baby Directory since 2006.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association also supported the information packs for Dads by providing the envelopes for the packs.

Posted by admin, December 10, 2013 6:56 am


President of The Waves Gary Black presents Foundation manager Maria Burnet with a cheque from the annual charity golf day.


The Bundaberg Foundation is becoming a not-for-profit community organisation which raises funds locally to spend on local health related Base Hospital and community-based projects.


The event held at North Bundaberg Golf Club in November was a great success and the Foundation is very grateful to have been the beneficiary of this annual event.


Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Foundation provides the ‘extras’ which fall outside of government budget yet make a visit to Bundaberg Hospital more comfortable.


“It is fantastic to receive this amount of money as it will go a long way in helping us cross of one of the many wish list items of non-government funded equipment that our hospital needs,’’ Ms Burnet said.


“One hundred percent of this money will go soley to a piece of equipment which means the money is staying locally and helping local patients and hospital staff,’’ she said.


The Waves’ manager Brendan Royall said the success of this year’s event would not have been possible without the support from businesses who sponsored the day, in particular RCR Haden, and all those golfers who took part.


“Previously we have had great results with these annual golf days having donated over $20,000 back to various local charities so we are thrilled to be able to donate this amount to the Foundation,’’ he said.


Posted by admin, October 22, 2013 10:56 am


Bundaberg district Masonic Lodge members have once again shown their charitable support purchasing equipment for the Rehabilitation Unit at Bundaberg Hospital – non-government funded equipment that will help patients well into the future.

 The donation comes following a funding submission by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

 Worshipful Master of the Bundaberg Lodge 472 Bevan Brennan said the lodge donated the funds which was matched $1 for $1 by the Masonic Benevolence Society to cover the cost of the $2420.

 The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation is a local-not-for-profit charity which raises funds to help local patients.

 The Foundation provides the ‘extras’ which fall outside of government budget yet make a visit to Bundaberg Hospital more comfortable as well as complementing the work provided by the dedicated medical professionals.     

 These two new portable oxygen saturation monitors will be well used in the Physiotherapy Department to instantly monitor oxygen levels of patients when walking and exerting themselves after surgery and respiratory illness.

 Bundaberg Hospital Physiotherapist Jason Simpson said not only were they important for patient safety but the monitors allowed tailoring the patients efforts to what they were capable of at the time.    

“We are very grateful for this donation as it allows early detection of respiratory distress.  We often see an increase in the patient’s confidence while being active using these devices.  It reassures many patients who can become anxious and struggle for breath after surgery or from chronic respiratory problems.”                  

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Freemasons were very generous in their donations and support of their local community, in their time of need.

“The Freemasons help many individuals and charity groups in the community on a regular basis,’’ she said.

“In fact they have been great supporters of the Foundation and patients with over $13,500 donated in the past two years which shows that their central preoccupation remains charitable work within their local or wider communities.’’

One of the missions of the Foundation is to help provide medical equipment (non-Government funded) to Bundaberg Hospital.

For more information on donating to the Foundation please phone 4150 2863. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.



Posted by admin, 10:50 am


With the 2013 Naming Rights Challenge for Rotary Lodge closing on September 30 donations from various groups continue to flow in.

This challenge is a capital fundraiser for the Lodge which offers low cost accommodation to patients and carers who require treatment at any of the three Bundaberg Hospitals. The Lodge is managed and leased by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation a local charity and needs community donations to keep the Lodge operational.

Since the lodge opened in March 2011 it has been a home-away-from home for over 650 people during a difficult medical time.

Major donations have been received from the Rum City Reds $2000 from the recent Red Hat function held in Bundaberg, Oakwood QCWA ($100), Biggenden Lions Club ($100), St Matthews Anglican Church Gayndah ($70), Lions Club of Mundubbera ($1000) and Monto Rotary Club ($350).

Manager of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation Maria Burnet said the Foundation and patients and carers who use the facility were very grateful for the continuing support from the North Burnett and Bundaberg communities.

“Paying a monthly lease means we need donations to help keep the doors to the Lodge open for people in need,” she said.

“The top five communities from this challenge will have a bedroom named in their honour and the challenge will begin again for 2014.”

North Burnett Naming Rites Tally to date (September 10)
Biggenden     $11,814

Bundaberg     $8260

Gayndah        $4636

Eidsvold        $4166

Mundubbera   $2816

Monto            $2768

Mt Perry         $2666

Childers         $1000


For further information on the challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.


Posted by admin, August 16, 2013 2:29 am

 Sick children at Bundaberg Hospital will benefit from a $19,666.50 donation from Sea FM’s                                                                     recent Give Me Five For Kids fundraiser held in June.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet congratulated the team from Sea FM on this month-long fundraiser particularly in a difficult fundraising climate.                                                                                                                                                                   “All their hard work and effort is commendable and those members of the community and businesses that got behind this project also should be congratulated,’’ she said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       All money will stay local and will assist paediatric patients at Bundaberg Hospital. This year’s wish list includes a range of equipment (non-government funded) to help children seeking medical treatment in not only the children’s ward but other departments such as physiotherapy, child health, child development services and special care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “During the past four years the fundraiser has been held, Give Me Five for Kids has donated just over $60,000 which is an amazing effort,’’ Ms Burnet said. Last year’s $18, 803 purchased a range of equipment including


  1. A cough Assist Machine (the first of its kind for Bundaberg Hospital). This is excellent for use with patients who have difficulty moving secretions from the lungs including those children with cystic fibroris, Duchenne or Muscular Dystrophy. Cost: $13,000.
  2. Special Needs Infant Mannequin: Newborn size female infant for teaching/practice with insertion/care of nasogastric tube for nursing and medical students and staff orienting to infant/paediatric care. Cost: $700
  3. Infant Warmer: To care for infants/toddlers in resus or crisis situations to provide warm environment. Cost: $6250


The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation was established in 1999 as the fundraising arm of the Bundaberg Hospital and is now co-ordinating all community donations to Bundaberg Hospital. For more information about donating goods in kind or monetary donations to assisting sick patients and their families please contact the Foundation on 4150 2863.

Posted by admin, April 22, 2013 3:06 am


        Patients and staff at Bundaberg Hospital have been the big winners thanks to recent medical equipment purchases by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

 The Foundation is a not-for-profit local charity which raises funds locally to spend on local health related Base Hospital and community based projects.

 In the past five months alone the Foundation has spent $35,200 on equipment and resources to help not only patients but assist staff in delivering quality health care to the people of Bundaberg and surrounding areas.

 “For the Foundation to continue its work it relies on public donations, community fundraising activities, sponsorship and bequests in memory of loved ones,’’ Manager Maria Burnet said.

 “Three of the major items which cost a total of $19,000 were funded by the Sea FM Give Me Five for Kids campaign and we are grateful for their continuing support each year – it will be held once again in June.’’

 “People who support our Cafe 641 at the Bundaberg Regional Library are also helping us meet our goals in buying much-needed equipment.’’

 And as a way of saying thanks the Foundation now has reward cards at Cafe 641 – with a free coffee after the 10th purchase.

 The Foundation’s mission is to provide:

 ·                     medical equipment to Bundaberg Hospital (non-Government funded),

·                     management of Rotary Lodge

·                     professional training for medical and nursing staff, and

·                     programs relating to the prevention and control of disease.


“The Foundation adopted a vision statement last year ‘Local People Helping Local Patients’ which is testament to what we are working to achieve,’’ Ms Burnet said.

 “We strive to make a difference and improve the comfort of patients at Bundaberg Hospital while complementing the dedication provided by the medical professionals,’’ she said.

 If you donate to the Foundation specifically for equipment purchases 100% of that money goes to those purchases. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Purchases have included:

1. A cough assist machine (the first of its kind at Bundaberg Hospital) to help those patients in the paediatric ward who have Duchenne or Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Cystic Fibrosis and suffer difficulty moving secretions from their lungs.

2, An infant warmer for Gayndah Hospital

3. Premature manikin for teaching nursing and medical staff in the paediatric ward with the insertion/care of nasogastric tube, gastrostomy, colostomy, urinary catheterisation, airway suction and tracheostomy.

Total cost of these three items was $19,000.

4. A breastfeeding bump to support breastfeeding mothers in maternity and for those who may be readmitted at any stage to the Emergency, Short Stay, Surgical or Medical wards – value $3200

5. Infant manikins and resuscitation equipment to conduct neonatal resuscitation training for nursing and medical staff – value $8000

6.   Two neonatal resuscitation equipment trolleys (one for Special Care and one for Theatre) valued at $3600

7.   Printing of My Travelling Companion booklet to assist Cancer Care team in providing information for patients travelling to Brisbane for cancer treatment – value $1400

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