Building and Renovating – Rehab at the Retreat / Bathrooms at the Retreat

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Major construction and redevelopments are underway at the Miracle sMiles Retreat thanks to major grants from generous donors.

Rehab at the Retreat Stage 1.  The Physiotherapy Room

Thanks to a grant from The UPS Foundation the dream of having a dedicated physiotherapy space at the Retreat is now a reality.  The physio room will be adjacent to the living and dining room areas of the Retreat where the clothes line was located.   Being part of the house the room will allow for additional physio sessions and provide space for children to do some physio exercises privately if required for cultural reasons. Now the balloons, balance balls, foam rollers and stepping equipment that have been familiar items in the living room will  have a place of their own in the physio room.

Under the guidance of the physio team at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne, Children First has recognised the importance of physiotherapy to aid recovery after surgery, ensuring the children return home in the best possible condition.

Rehab at the Retreat Stage 2. The Hydrotherapy Pool

Major renovations of the existing pool at the Miracle sMiles Retreat are underway thanks to a major grant from  The Priceline Sisterhood Foundation.

Swimming and hydrotherapy are important fun elements of a physiotherapy program to aid strength and movement and provide recommended socialisation.   Whilst the existing pool was a great source of entertainment on hot days, it doesn’t serve as a rehab pool so the children have attended the local pool for their hydrotherapy.

Under stage 2 of the Rehab at the Retreat project, the pool will be fitted with a hoist, a retractable dome with an enclosed walkway to the physio room and will be able to be heated year round.  The surrounding area will be upgraded, the fencing relocated and non-slip surfaces will be installed.

This is an enormous project which will have major benefits for the children physically and socially, with lots of fun too.

Internal Bathrooms

In addition to the wonderful contributions from The UPS Foundation and The Priceline Sisterhood Foundation, a further grant was received from the Danks Trust to renovate the bathroom facilities inside the house. This work will include additional showers and hand basins, installation of the therapeutic spa bath, relocating the volunteer bathroom, installing new doors and tiling and painting.

This is a huge project and we are indebted to a number of people who have been fundamental in planning and progressing this wonderful project:

  • Rotarian, and long time friend and supporter of Children First, Mr Bernie Lamers AM, has most generously donated an enormous amount of his time and energy to project manage this work.
  • Ms Pauline Macleod, Manager of Allied Health at St Vincent’s Private Hospital has advised on the location of the physio room, the required equipment and its location in the room.
  • Preston Rotary has committed to funding the fit-out of the physio room.  Rotary was instrumental in building the ‘Farm’ as it was originally known, and we are delighted to have their continued involvement.

We thank everyone for their passion and commitment in helping provide the best possible care and treatment for the children. Work is expected to be completed by March 2018 and we look forward to inviting you all to the grand opening.


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