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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Carers Accommodation At The New Eurobodalla Hospital At Moruya

By Secretary of the Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc, (CAERH) Shirley Hayes-Cornish.

When in an emergency, in an unfamiliar place, getting accommodation can bring carers to near breaking point.

When in hospital having someone who cares nearby reduces emotional stress.

For the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital at Moruya, NSW Health is providing land on hospital grounds for Carers Accommodation. The building will be paid for by money raised from the community. This is what has happened in other NSW Regional Hospitals such as Bega, Albury Wodonga and Port Macquarie. Without community funding there will not be Carers Accommodation.

Photo: Bega Hospital’s Carers Accommodation. A model to be adapted for Moruya.

Carers Accommodation Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Inc, CAERH has been inspirated by Bega Hospital’s CCASE which has two buildings with motel style units. Each unit has 6 bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom and a communal kitchen and lounge.

Government grants covered about half the cost and community fundraising paid the other half. Bega’s cost was $2.3 million however due to cost increases CAERH will likely be more.

The CAERH interim committee is calling for expressions of interest from community minded people with experience working on community projects to join CAERH.

A variety of skills are needed – planning, project management and fundraising.

Photo: Map of new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital. Carers Accommodation will be above the car park.

Nomination forms for the steering committee are available from the secretary and must be registered by Wednesday 9th of November. Positions without nominations will be called from the floor. If you wish to attend or be nominated please contact the Secretary below.

Just two stories of the help that Carers Accommodation can give.

Di Finney of Moruya talked of her experience at CCASE, ‘Recently I had an operation. I was going to take the bus down to Bega Hospital but my daughter offered to take me down and stay at CCASE. She was five minutes away, talked to me in the evening and went back to her room to work. The next morning she was there to talk to the doctors and take me home. It made something I was dreading into something really quite nice. To be able to talk with her about what the doctors said gave me a better understanding of what I needed to do.’

Photo Katie and Pryor Finney

Katie Finney, ‘Since birth we have had yearly trips to Sydney Children’s Hospital for surgery. It is difficult being away from work, at times my husband has had to stay at home with the other children and so I was there alone. But this was made easier by being able to stay nearby.’

The establishment of CAERH has been through NSW Health and the Moruya Rotary Club. The interim committee has been supported by Batemans Bay and Narooma Rotary and Batemans Bay Lions. NSW Health also has a representative and there is two from ECCC – Eurobodalla Community Consultative Committee.

The AGM will establish a steering committee to begin this four to five year project. It aims to have wide community participation as a number of skills are required. Sub-committees will be established for specific purposes such as fundraising, construction and publicity. Positions on the steering committee will be flexible so that members can come and leave during the length of the project. AGM November 16th November 12 noon

For any enquiries and nomination forms for the AGM please contact the Secretary of CAERH: Shirley Hayes-Cornish on 0419 404 220 or


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