Media Release: Friday 12 March 2021, First SOD Turns on $22M Community Hospice at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds

Share this post

Construction is set to commence on local not for profit Anam Cara House Geelong’s new $22M purpose-built community hospice facility today on site at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds. Turning the first sod today, Anam Cara House Geelong’s Board Chair, Diana Taylor said that the new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will be constructed by Nicholson Construction.

 

“This is a momentous day for not only the hardworking, dedicated, tireless staff, volunteers and supporters at Anam Cara, but also for the region who has a very real and growing need for greater choice in end-of-life care and carer respite.

 

“We want to thank the Australian Government, and in particular Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson, for the commitment of $5M to kick-start our vision in 2016. We want to also thank the Victorian Government for their recent commitment of $5M to enable us to commence construction, in particular The Hon Lisa Neville MP, Christine Couzens MP, Darren Cheeseman MP, The Hon John Eren MP and The Hon Gayle Tierney MP,” Ms Taylor said. “We have undertaken a significant amount of work to get to this point, supported by generous individuals and businesses in the Geelong community. We are overwhelmed and very grateful for $7m of philanthropic support from the community which has recognised the need for this service.

 

Philanthropic fundraising will continue, including a public campaign in June 2021 to provide the opportunity for the whole of Geelong to help us build the New Anam Cara. With construction soon to be underway, Anam Cara House Geelong is now focussed on planning for the expansion of services in time for completion. “Recruitment for medical staff, administration and volunteers needed to operate the expanded hospice services in the new facility will commence in the coming months. While the new facility will provide a significant boost to local hospice services and access to more respite care in the community, it will also deliver employment opportunities within the trade and healthcare sectors,” Ms Taylor said.

 

“We are delighted to have recently signed a Research & Teaching Agreement with Deakin University, which will result in an ongoing hands-on teaching partnership between The Faculty of Health, The School of Medicine and Anam Cara House Geelong. We are incredibly appreciative to Deakin University for enabling us to bring to life this service and benefits for our Geelong region in an incredibly beautiful, but also convenient, location,” Ms Taylor said.

More news

Want to stay in the loop?

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay across our news, events and build progress.

Having a choice is what the people of Geelong deserve.
Our guests are given dignity and the highest-level of comfort and care when it matters most.

Proudly supported by

Howard Glover Trust

Deakin University

Brian and Jennifer O'Shannassy & Family

Lino and Marina Bisinella & Family

Frank and Shirley Costa & Family

Ian Potter Foundation

Barry & Jan Fagg

GMHBA

City of Greater Geelong

There are two key ways to donate.

TRIPLE your donation on Thursday 31st March

Set a reminder for our ‘Million Dollar Challenge Giving Day’. Every donation will be TRIPLED and go directly towards the completion of the New Anam Cara House Geelong.

Regular Donation

Donate online now to Anam Cara House Geelong’s day-to-day operations so we can continue to deliver our critical services.

There are two key ways to donate.

QUADRUPLE your donation on Tuesday 25th June

Register to donate for our ‘Double the Care’ Giving Day and help raise $750,000 to fund the opening of 6 more palliative care bedrooms.

Regular Donation

Donate online now to Anam Cara House Geelong’s day-to-day operations so we can continue to deliver our critical services.

Thank you for supporting our not-for-profit organisation.

Donate online now to ACHG’s Annual Giving Appeal to support day-to-day operations so we can continue to deliver our critical services.

This link will open our external secure donation page in a new window. 

There are various ways to donate & support ACHG. In-person, leave a gift in your will, become a member and more!

Or maybe you’re interested in volunteering or partnering with ACHG?