With an estimated 10% of patients at Western Health experiencing severe financial hardship, and as many as 10,000 patients a year struggling to meet their most basic needs, The Greatest Need Fund provides practical support to patients in those early days or hours after discharge when they are most at risk of falling through short term gaps in care.
The Greatest Need Fund is 100% funded by donations from the community. Put simply, the more people who donate to The Greatest Need Fund, the more people we can support.
Thanks to donor support, the Fund has been able to support over 1000 patients since it commenced in October 2018. Our staff estimate that at present, we are only able to assist a fraction of those that could benefit from The Greatest Need Fund.
How your donation supports patients in need
Your donation to The Greatest Need Fund can provide basic necessities such as transportation, shelter and other resources vulnerable patients need to regain their health and independence. These are one-time gifts to help them leave hospital and move forward with their lives.
Your gift of $40 can provide a taxi fare for an elderly or mobility impaired patient without support networks who is otherwise unable to get to their appointment.
Your gift of $85 can provide a pre-paid mobile phone for a homeless patient so they can be contacted after leaving hospital by our support services team.
Your gift of $120 can provide a week of essential groceries for a patient on low income discharged to an empty house after weeks spent in hospital.
Your gift of $250 can provide a night in a hotel for an emergency patient escaping domestic violence and waiting on crisis accommodation.