Anam Cara House Geelong ushers in a new era of palliative care

opening of Anam Cara House Geelong

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On October 27, 2023, the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Richard Marles MP, led the official opening of the new $22.6M Anam Cara House. This state-of-the-art 20-bedroom palliative care facility is nestled in the serene grounds of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus. The grand opening marked a significant stride in providing compassionate and person-centred palliative care in the region.


The inauguration day began with a culturally significant smoking ceremony and “Welcome to Country” from Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation’s Ashleigh Skinner, followed by a heartfelt welcome from Wadawurrung woman, Corrina Eccles. Dignitaries including Libby Coker MP, The Hon. Senator Sarah Henderson, and Darren Cheeseman MP attended the event; the highlight of which was the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the plaque. The event was not just a celebration of a new facility, but a moment to honour the journey and anticipate the bright future ahead for Anam Cara House Geelong.


The new facility, born from a vision nearly a decade in the making, represents a unique amalgamation of community effort and governmental support. With an $8 million contribution raised by the local community, federal support of $6.7 million, and an additional $5 million from the Victorian government, this project is a testament to collective action and dedication.


Our facility’s design merges modern architectural elements with the warmth of a home. Boasting 20 private bedrooms, open communal areas, and beautifully landscaped gardens, it provides a sanctuary for guests and their families. This new home, set against a picturesque rural backdrop, is architecturally crafted to offer a peaceful, home-like environment.


Anam Cara House Geelong stands out for its integrated approach to palliative care. The new facility will provide a range of services, including bed-based care, a day program, free equipment loans, and in-home nursing support. With bed-based overnight and end-of-life care set to commence from February 2024, Anam Cara is poised to offer comprehensive support to those in need.


The project also highlights a strong partnership with Deakin University. This collaboration aims to enhance the facility’s care capabilities and establish it as a centre for learning and research in palliative care. Deakin University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, expressed pride in this partnership, aligning with the university’s commitment to health care improvements and reducing health disparities.


Our new facility stands as a symbol of what can be achieved through community spirit, philanthropic support, government funding, and a shared vision for better and equal palliative care. We will continue to advocate for equal access for all, no matter their life circumstances.

We look forward to the facility’s bed-based care, commencing in February 2024, and we celebrate this significant milestone in providing compassionate care to those in their most vulnerable times.

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