Anam Cara Geelong is a community service committed to providing care for people affected by life limiting illness. Anam Cara Geelong offers support to people of all ages and denominations who are seeking hospice care within the Geelong and district communities, by providing access to day respite, short term Palliative respite accommodation, Community Outreach and end of life palliative care.

Project Contacts

Rob Threlfall Philanthropy & Fundraising Manager Alana WhittenCommunications & Fundraising

The Build

Anam Cara Geelong is a place for physical, emotional and spiritual care. The architectural form of our new centre represents this philosophy of care. Anam Cara has worked with Deakin university to establish this facility on a site at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus.

The Future

Anam Cara Geelong is fundraising to complete it's 20 bed facility currently under construction, it will be home-like and purpose built to accommodate a range of hospice services and end of life palliative respite choices for people living with a life-limiting illness.

April 2021 ~ UPDATE

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FIRST SOD TURNS ON $22M COMMUNITY HOSPICE AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, WAURN PONDS. 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. For more information Contact: Communications Manager; Alana


Our new 20-bed hospice facility at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus will lead the way in palliative & end of life care in the region and beyond, spearheading improved guest care and carer experience through specialist end-of-life care in our homelike environment. TIMELINE; We are set to begin construction in early 2021, with completion planned for Q2 of 2022. PROJECT COST; Total project cost is $21.5 million. FUNDING; Working collaboratively with the health, education, corporate, philanthropic, government and community sectors, Anam Cara has secured funding commitments totalling $16.8 million. We were naturally thrilled with the Victorian Government’s recent budget commitment of $5 million, matching the previous commitment from the Federal Government. The City of Greater Geelong has committed $0.35 million to the project. Our philanthropic target is target is $11.15 million, and we are pleased to advise that $6.45 million has been generously pledged so far. We are seeking a further $4.7 million in philanthropic support. Please see below for further commentary. DEAKIN UNIVERSITY; Deakin is generously providing a two hectare pocket of land on their Waurn Ponds campus for the New Anam Cara and the terms of a Research & Teaching Agreement have also been agreed. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement on our partnership with Deakin in the next few days. KEY PROJECT FEATURES; Residential-bedside precinct • Community activity-based precinct • Day palliative respite centre • “Community Hub” initiative - essentially, a “one stop-shop” for the community to gain knowledge and information on palliative care options so informed choices can be made • A Teaching & Research function allowing Deakin students direct access to palliative care education, bedside learning, and research opportunities. RESIDENTIAL-BEDSIDE PRECINCT • 20 bedrooms for end of life care and overnight palliative respite, each large enough for family to visit and stay overnight • A contemplation/spiritual room • A hydrotherapy bath • Shared group living and dining areas. OUTDOORS • Landscaped gardens with water features, outdoor seating and walking paths • An Indigenous garden. PHILANTHROPY; Personal presentations continue to take place with individuals, families and businesses asking for support. The positive response to our project is overwhelming. In addition, numerous opportunities with trusts and foundations and other funding opportunities have been identified and engaged. The public phase of the campaign will launch in early 2021, with the main aspects being 1) marketing and community awareness for Anam Cara and 2) a public campaign in May/June 2021. The aim of the public campaign is to be all inclusive and invite everyone to engage with and contribute to their community hospice.

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