Hearing Peer Support workers at our Warrnambool Base Hospital’s Mental Health Services were searching for some donors to help implement a relatively low-cost project that would ensure consumers admitted to our Acute Inpatient Unit have toiletries and other necessities on arrival, a local church and a local service club have put up their hands to help. The result is the introduction of the BackPack Project.
‘When people have a mental health emergency requiring immediate admission to our Mental Health Services’ Acute Inpatient Unit they may not have time to gather their belongings. Sometimes it can take a day or two before necessities such as toiletries can be brought in by family or friends,’ explains SWH MHS’ Adult Health team manager Maureen Jubb-Shanley.
To help meet this important need, Gateway Church has donated gender-specific toiletry bags for 40 backpacks and the Inner Wheel Club of Warrnambool has donated the $500 to purchase the backpacks, along with some other essential items to go in them, too.
Community Partnerships manager Suzan Morey says both these groups are wonderful supporters of South West Healthcare. ‘Gateway Church has been keeping our Emergency Department supplied with women’s and men’s toiletry packs since 2008 while the Inner Wheel Club of Warrnambool, every year, makes a very generous donation towards medical equipment we need,’ she explains.
‘On top of the $500 Inner Wheel today donated to our BackPack Project, its members also donated the $2,485 we needed to buy a Half Hotdog Mat to help keep patients undergoing gynaecological surgery a little warmer.’
This Half Hotdog Mat will reside with the four full-size Hotdog Mats financed by generous donors including SWH’s Warrnambool and Woolsthorpe Auxiliaries at Christmas-time.
‘We’re now getting close to the end of the financial year and hope local people, businesses and clubs looking to make a tax-deductible donation before June-30 will consider our medical equipment needs,’ says Suzan.
Here’s some of the medical equipment and therapy initiatives SWH is currently fundraising for: