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Leukaemia Foundation: ESA Village - A home for sick Queenslanders

The new ESA Village has been developed with the assistance of a one-off State Government grant so that the existing ESA Village site at South Brisbane could be used for further development of the new Queensland Children’s Hospital adjacent to the Mater Hospital.

Blood cancer patients, primarily from regional and remote parts of Queensland, are able to stay in the facility free of charge as they undergo treatment in Brisbane, often for many months. The new facility’s first residents have been progressively moving in over recent weeks.

The new ESA Village in the Boggo Road Urban Village precinct includes 30 family accommodation apartments, compared with 21 apartments at the village in South Brisbane, and will alleviate some of the high demand for accommodation that currently requires the Foundation to house some patients and their families in private motels when ESA Village is at capacity.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chief Executive Officer Bill Petch said the new ESA Village will become a comfortable home for regional blood cancer patients and an invaluable service hub for those living in and around Brisbane.

“The new ESA Village will provide all the facilities of a home in a village atmosphere as well as a range of services designed to alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens facing patients and their families as they undergo gruelling treatment for blood cancer,” Mr Petch said.

To contribute to the project, and show support for current and future blood cancer patients, you can make a donation by visiting www.homeawayfromhome.org.au.

A not-for-profit organisation receiving no ongoing government funding, the Leukaemia Foundation relies on the support of the community to continue providing a range of free support services to blood cancer patients and investing in medical research projects to find a cure.