Needs Assessment for respite facility for children with a life limiting illness

Project Info


  • Sydney Children's Hospital Network

Client Type

  • Service provider

Financial Year

  • 2014-15

Health Areas

  • Acute
  • Palliative Care
  • Respite

Service Provided

  • Health services planning


  • New South Wales

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) engaged HMA to undertake

“an independent needs assessment for establishing a second facility in metropolitan Sydney to provide a day program and overnight care facility for children with a life limiting illness in NSW”.

The purpose of the needs assessment was to develop practical options for a second respite facility in metropolitan Sydney. This project involved:

  • a literature search of respite models of care for children with a life limiting illness
  • stakeholder consultation
  • telephone interviews with a selection of parents / family members
  • estimating projected demand
  • defining key criteria for the optimal location of the respite facility
  • a workshop with key stakeholders to refine the service model and location options developed, and
  • a Final Report.

This project commenced in May 2015 and was completed in July 2015