The Greatest Need Project

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Your donation to The Greatest Need Fund will provide practical support for our most vulnerable patients - those living on the poverty line, who are homeless or who are living with chronic illness.

Did you know that an estimated 10% of patients at Western Health experience severe financial hardship? Or that 10,000 patients a year struggle to meet their most basic needs?

Through the Greatest Need Fund, you can give someone a hand when they need it most – in those early hours and days after discharge. Without meeting their most basic needs and proper care, patients are at risk of repeated hospital admissions.

Donate today and give someone a bed to sleep in, a full pantry, or a lift to an appointment.

Why your support is so important

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 started. We know many more will need your support to get them home to safely, so donate today.

How your donation supports patients in need

Your donation gives vulnerable patients essentials to help them get back on their feet – like transportation, accommodation, food and more. These one-time gifts help people in crisis land on their feet when they leave hospital, giving them the best chance to regain their health and independence.

Examples of how your donation helps

  • A taxi fare

    Your gift of $40 gives an elderly or mobility impaired patient a taxi fare, getting them to important medical appointments they would otherwise miss.

  • Pre-paid mobile phone

    Your gift of $85 gives a patient experiencing homelessness a pre-paid mobile phone, so they can be contacted after leaving hospital by our support services team.

  • Essential groceries

    Your gift of $120 gives a patient on a low income a week of essential groceries, ensuring they don’t arrive home to an empty fridge after weeks spent in hospital.

  • A night in a hotel

    Your gift of $250 gives an emergency patient escaping domestic violence a night in a hotel, giving them a safe place to wait for crisis accommodation.

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Greatest Need Pantry

It meant the world to come home and find my fridge filled with food.


Patient of Sunshine Hospital