Palliative Care Queensland

Mater Partners with Ambulance Wish Queensland

Palliative Care Queensland, through its signature program Ambulance Wish Queensland, today announced the expansion of the program through its partnership with palliative care services at Mater.

The expansion sees greater investment in the fulfilment of final wishes for people with life limiting illnesses.

Mater Hospital Brisbane and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane General Manager Jennifer Pitt said the partnership would have a lasting impact not only on the wish recipients and their families, but health professionals within Mater.

“To be part of a patient’s last wish experience is truly heartwarming,” Ms Pitt said.

“A last wish is a lasting memory for everyone involved.

“This new partnership will allow more Mater palliative care patients to have their final wishes granted.”

Mater Hospital Brisbane Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care, Nurse Unit Manager Jenna Whyte shared her deep personal connection with Ambulance Wish Queensland and the profound impact it had on her family.

Jenna’s father, Ross Whyte, a revered Queensland AFL grand final hero, had his final wish granted through Ambulance Wish Queensland in March 2021, fulfilling his dream of revisiting his Grand Final heroics at The Gabba surrounded by family, footy mates, and Brisbane Lions players.

“The partnership with Ambulance Wish is very special to me,” Ms Whyte said.

“My Dad was lucky enough to experience a final wish a few years ago.

“It is a privilege to now be given the opportunity to support patients and their families on their final wish – it’s truly a highlight in my nursing career.”

Ambulance Wish Queensland paid tribute to Ross and the Whyte family by naming one of their Wish Ambulances in his memory, a poignant gesture that resonates in the inaugural wish fulfilled for Mater.

As Mater officially joins Ambulance Wish Queensland as the newest specialist palliative care service partner, Jenna highlighted the immense privilege and honour it brings to her team.

In her role as a Clinical Support nurse, Jenna experiences the importance of supporting patients during their meaningful last wishes, turning challenging moments into positive experiences, precious memories and unforgettable family moments.

Louise O’Neill, CEO of Palliative Care QLD expressed her gratitude to Mater.

“The partnership between Mater and Ambulance Wish Queensland exemplifies the power of compassion and community in enhancing the end-of-life journey for patients and their families.”

“The greater the expansion of Ambulance Wish Services in Queensland, the greater the end of life care for all who need it. Ambulance Wish Queensland represents the holistic nature of palliative care.”

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