Residential accommodation for veterans opens at Concord Hospital
A brand new residential accommodation facility for veterans receiving care at the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare is now open at Concord Hospital.
Funded by a $6.7 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government, Fussell House features 19 rooms (single, twin and family rooms) with common living, kitchen, dining and laundry spaces and an outdoor area for the exclusive use of Fussell House residents.
The National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare (NCVH) opened its doors in August 2019, providing a holistic approach to caring for mental and physical health needs of Australia’s veterans in one location.
NCVH acting medical director Dr Cameron Korb-Wells said the co-location of Fussell House at Concord Hospital allows veterans who are referred for treatment at NCVH from regional areas or interstate to access affordable short-term accommodation.
“Fussell House has allowed us to expand our client intake at the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare, to welcome veterans for treatment who live out of the Sydney area,” Dr Korb-Wells said.
“The feedback from the first few residents who have stayed has been excellent, having also welcomed our first service dog.”
“And importantly, for veterans staying at Fussell House, their ability to stay connected with family, meet other veterans and focus on their treatment has contributed to positive health outcomes.”
Fussell House is designed as a safe space for veterans and their families to stay together and share experiences in a friendly and relaxed environment.
A range of room types allows veterans to travel with their nominated support person, carer or family to provide a home-away-from-home feeling while receiving support and treatment from specialist health professionals. Currently, a range of COVID safe precautions included reduced capacity are in place to ensure the safety of residents and staff.
Fussell House is named after Lieutenant Michael Fussell, who was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device while serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2008.
For more information and details about how to access the services offered by NCVH, visit ncvhconcord.com.au.