Sands is funded by the Department of Health, individual donations and through the efforts of fundraisers.
Following confirmation earlier this year, that our funding from the Department of Health will be extended for a further two years from July 2017 to June 2019, Sands submitted a proposal to the Department to further increase funding to enable us to continue to develop and expand Sands services across Australia.
We are delighted to confirm that our funding will increase from our current level of $420,000 per year to $720,000 in 2017-2018 and $742,000 in 2018-2019.
This is fantastic news for our community as the funding will allow us to grow and expand our services, meaning that we support more bereaved families. Demand for our services has doubled over the last two years and we want to ensure we have the resources in place to continue to reach and support more families.
The funding will allow Sands to improve our brochures and leaflets, ensuring families have access to the information they need. It will also enable us to develop and launch a new training programme for healthcare professionals, funeral home professionals and employers so that we can help improve the care and support bereaved parents receive. It will also allow us to re-establish a physical presence in ACT and Northern Territory which will ensure Sands is able to offer our national and local services to all states and territories.
Whilst the increase from the federal government is a positive step forward, we will also need to ensure we continue to grow the philanthropic support from individuals and private organisations to help us meet our long term vision of ensuring no bereaved parent in Australia is left feeling alone and isolated.
We would like to thank the Department of Health and all of our donors and fundraisers for their ongoing support – we can’t do it without you.
Andre Carvalho, Sands CEO