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Construction starts on Australian first adolescent hospice

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Manly will soon house Australia’s first hospice for young people living with a life-limiting illness, with a sod-turning ceremony held this week to mark the start of construction. 

The $19.5 million Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) will be Australia’s first dedicated service for 15 to 24-year-old patients and will offer respite care, symptom management and end of life care. 

The purpose-built facility will have eight bedrooms for patients, each with an ensuite and balcony, breakout spaces including a media and games room, as well as two family accommodation units with two bedrooms each.  

Health Infrastructure is working closely with the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) and expert clinicians to deliver the hospice, which will be located at the former Manly Hospital site on the North Head headland.  

Fugen Constructions will build the hospice, which is scheduled for completion in late 2022.  

For further information and to support the Hospice, visit the NSLHD website at 

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Image below: From left: Health Infrastructure (HI) Executive Director Northern Region, Leisa Rathborne; HI Senior Project Director, Henry Lau; HI Chief Executive, Rebecca Wark with Managing Director Fugen Constructions, Stephen Flannery who was recently awarded the main works contract to build the hospice.

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