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Daphne's Retreat brings peace and privacy to families at Mundubbera Hospital

Wednesday 9 November 2022

Daphne's family at the launch of the new Daphne's Retreat palliative care rooms at Mundubbera Multipurpose Health Service

Palliative care patients at Mundubbera Multi-Purpose Health Service (MPHS) will benefit from two calming and private rooms as part of the newly renovated Daphne’s Retreat.

Daphne Wilschefski, a pioneer and pillar of the Mundubbera community, resided in Coonambula Lodge for a number of years. Daphne’s family, Betty Robertson, Don Wilschefski and Wendy Hooker, made substantial contributions to the project, leading to the room being named ‘Daphne’s Retreat.’

The official opening of the family and palliative care spaces was held on 25 October 2022, with the transformation of the rooms made possible by generous donations to the Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary, whose tireless fundraising efforts brought the vision for the rooms to life.

The community rallied behind the transformative project, with local photographer Lorraine Maskell donating a series of prints to adorn the walls of the space. The beautiful artworks serve as a reminder that life and nature is beautiful and enduring.

Michelle Warren Director of Nursing at Mundubbera MPHS said, “the space will provide a peaceful setting for the relatives of very ill and dying patients to take a breath and relax while remaining on the premises close to their loved ones.

“There is a small kitchenette, dining table and sofa that converts into a bed, allowing for overnight stays and ensuring that family and patients aren’t separated during those crucial last moments in care.”

Members of the Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary, Director of Nursing Mundubbera, Director of Nursing for Rural Facilities and Services, Daphne’s family and other special guests attended the opening, with Betty cutting the official ribbon.

A lovely morning tea was held in the garden, then guests were invited to view the room.  Most commented how lovely the space was and reminisced about what the rooms had previously been used for. Daphne’s family were very impressed and delighted with this lasting memorial to Daphne and her lifetime of achievements.

Jan-Adele Hotz- Director of Nursing Rural Facilities and Services said, “this donation has enabled us to optimise a space that will benefit families and patients for years to come.

“We are truly grateful for the hard work and contribution from the Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary, the artwork from Lorraine and the kind and generous donation from Daphne and family, which is a legacy to a very special lady”.

Last updated: 9 November 2022