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Social Outreach and Advocacy

 

While St John of God Health Care is primarily known for hospitals and pathology services, we have a long history working with and helping people within the community. We are committed to providing significant care and relief for people experiencing disadvantage throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, particularly in areas with identified gaps in service provision. We recognise that the provision of care and relief for people who are disadvantaged is central to our mission of healing. Through our Social Outreach and Advocacy program, we contribute towards just and inclusive communities where the dignity of each person is respected and supported.

At St John of God Geraldton Hospital, our local Social Outreach and Advocacy initiatives include:

Caregivers Caring Initiative

St John of God Hospital caregivers financially support an evening meal for up to 30 people every seven weeks.  The meals are provided for Camaliers Guest house, which provides low cost accommodation for those in need.

Centacare Young Mum’s Group

Hospital midwives work in collaboration with Centacare to facilitate a support group for young mothers. The group meets weekly during school terms and covers a wide range of mothercraft skills. For further information and booking please contact Centacare on 9921 1433.

Community Leave for Caregivers

We encourage and support the participation of caregivers in voluntary community service for the disadvantaged through by providing Community Support Leave, which is a form of paid and unpaid leave.

Indigenous scholarships

We offer two annual scholarships to indigenous students studying either registered or enrolled nursing. To be eligible applicants must attend the Central West College of TAFE in Geraldton. To apply or obtain more information, please contact TAFE’s School of Nursing on 9956 2767.  To apply through the Geraldton Universities Centre please phone 99204400.

Manna Meals

The hospital operates a home catering and meal delivery service which is available to patients and others in the community, offering nutritious fresh or frozen meals at an affordable price. The service won the Western Australia Customer Service Council’s Outstanding Achievement - Best in the West 2008 award.

To order Manna Meals please phone 99658888

Red Cross soup program

The hospital kitchen assists the Red Cross and Suncity Christian Centre Soup Program by preparing soup twice weekly, which  volunteers deliver to people in need.

For more information on our Social Outreach and Advocacy programs, please contact our Director of Mission on  9965 8888.