Charitable organisation


The Daw House Hospice Foundation is able to achieve many things thanks to the support of the general public and the business community. It is very important to us that we share these milestones with you, no matter how big or small. Your money really does make a difference!

Research Initiatives

As a Foundation we are committed to raising the funds necessary to support research projects that increase knowledge and find solutions that will improve the quality of life for patients where cure is no longer possible.

The Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS) has an active research program aimed at developing better ways to deliver our quality care. The Research Unit is involved in both clinical and social research in the area of palliative care. To continue the difference that the Research Team make, we need your support. If you or someone close to you has a life limiting illness, then you know how important palliative research is for people both now, and in the future.

VIDEO – Professor David Currow of Flinders University talks about the role and value of research in palliative care. Prof. Currow has undertaken research in conjunction with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.

Completed Initiatives

During 2012-2013 the hospice refurbishment was complete! Patient rooms and bathrooms were upgraded and the facility received a total paint makeover, along with the development of an outdoor patio area for families to enjoy and the addition of great new entertainment to the Children’s Room.

In 2014-2015 the Daw House Hospice Foundation continued with initiatives to improve the overall comfort of the Daw House Hospice for both patients and their families in addition to our valuable palliative care nursing staff and volunteers!

  • 12 Dynaform Mercury mattresses for beds in Daw House totalling $21000. The Dyna-Form Mercury Advance is a dynamic mattress replacement system that is combined with the benefits of modern foam technology. These are specifically designed for users who have been assessed as being at a ‘Very High Risk’ of pressure damage, and offers extremely high levels of patient comfort.
  • Bladder scanner for Daw House Hospice costing $85250. Bedside bladder scans prevent distressing transfer to hospital and unnecessary procedures particularly when time is short.
  • Refurbished staff room for comfort of all hospice staff and volunteers – $3000
  • Visitors chairs for families and friends visiting Daw House – $1000
  • Diffusers and oils for the comp care program in DH and community patients. $1800
  • Complementary Care Centre staff uniforms – $1038
  • Facilitator training for bereavement counsellors – $1320
  • Registrations for bereavement volunteer training workshop -$897
  • Patient wishes and recognised needs – $670
  • iPad for the Daw House Children’s Program kindly funded by Mitcham Council, coordinated by the Foundation

Everest Base Camp Trek 2013

This incredible event was completed in 2013, raising a staggering $109,000!

This brave group of people completed one of the world’s most iconic treks climbing Goyko Ri, which stands at an elevation of 5483 metres, and taking in spectacular views of Mt. Everest. Organiser Mark Nelson said “the trek presented many challenges but these are minor compared to those who need palliative care services.”

A special video was made by our youngest trekker Liam, 15, to record his once in a lifetime experience with his father while raising funds to support people at the end of their life, click here to watch!

Cambodia Bike Trek 2014

Another amazing adventure was enjoyed by a team of 14 courageous (and very novice!) bike riders during October 2014, cycling over 280 kms throughout regional Cambodia.  Facing steep hills, constant humidity and various accommodations along the way including a floating village, these enthusiastic trekkers thoroughly enjoyed their travels and collectively raised over $68,000!

Sri Lanka Bike Trek 2016

Yet again, our Pedal for Palliative Care 2016 bike trekkers took off to Sri Lanka for the experience of a lifetime. These brave adventurers raised over $65,000 towards supporting those with life-limiting illnesses at Daw House Hospice and the invaluable staff/volunteers there providing care. Elephant safaris, tea plantations, mountainous train rides and extreme humidity, our incredible bikers experiences one of the most wonderful adventures.  For their efforts, we are extremely grateful!