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The Australian Red Cross opened a distinctive accommodation centre in Cairns last week, providing a home away from home for people from some of the most remote parts of the state, who are receiving medical treatment in the city.
'The $7 million centre offers quality, affordable accommodation in an inclusive, healing and culturally appropriate environment,' said Australian Red Cross President Michael Legge. 'With people in rural and remote communities suffering from poorer health, reduced life expectancy and higher levels of disease and illness, this will fill a real gap for people who are unable to access the quality and range of medical services people in the city take for granted. Most of the guests will be from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, so we have created a building to make them feel truly at home, with artwork from local Aboriginal artist Arone Meeks symbolising flora and fauna across the seasons in the far north,' said Mr Legge.
Construction of Pat Gosper Place has been funded by Queensland Health and the Australian Government's Health and Hospitals Fund. The Red Cross will manage the ongoing operation of the centre. It is the first of six Red Cross accommodation centres transitioning to wellbeing centres around the state.
Source: Australian Red Cross, NACCHO Communique