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Commonwealth Grant for Fussell House at Concord Hospital, Sydney

Summary

The Commonwealth Government will provide $6.7 million in funding to help develop the Soldier On Fussell House accommodation facility at the Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney. Fussell House will accommodate the families of those ex-Australian Defence Force personnel who require treatment at the hospital and other hospital facilities within the Sydney region.

The accommodation facility will support private and shared spaces and include:

  • 6 family suites
  • 18 individual rooms
  • family lounge areas
  • kitchen, laundry and utility rooms
  • outdoor BBQ and children's play area.

Soldier On will operate and fund Fussell House in conjunction with the NSW Government’s National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare, on the Concord Hospital campus.

Fussell House is named after Lieutenant Michael Fussell who was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation.

The funding will be provided as a one-off $6.7 million capital grant over two years ($4 million during 2018–2019 and $2.7 million during 2019–2020) to NSW Health as a Commonwealth contribution towards the development of the Fussell House accommodation facility.

Why is this important?

The NSW Government is redeveloping the Concord site to create the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare which will offer integrated and holistic specialist services to those veterans affected physically and mentally by their service to their country.

The Commonwealth investment in Fussell House will help support veterans from rural and regional areas receiving treatment to stay together with their families (including children), and help support better health outcomes for the veterans and their families.

Who will benefit?

During its first year of operation approximately 140 veterans and family members are expected to use Fussell House accommodation, with an average length of stay of 21 days, giving an occupancy of 90%.

Date of effect

The funding will commence in early 2019.

How much will this cost?

This funding is a $6.7 million one-off capital grant, payable to the NSW Government over two years.


See also: Joint media statement (27 October 2018)

 

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