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.


Who We Are

Anam Cara Geelong attracts people from all walks of life – the semi-retired, nursing and medical professionals, business people and those with a passion for community. They share the Anam Cara values, and are committed to providing excellence in the provision of services to the Geelong and surrounding areas.

Our Company

Anam Cara House Geelong Ltd was registered with ASIC in March 2008.Anam Cara House Geelong Ltd is registered by the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission. We are a public, non-denominational, not-for-profit, company limited by guarantee. We are governed under the laws of the Corporations Act; a company constitution; and a Board of Directors. Anam Cara House Geelong is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 – Date of effect is 25 September 2003.

Anam Cara House Geelong is endorsed as a health promotion charity for charity tax concessions. Our professional staff provide excellence in administrative support and customer service. The large trained volunteer base of Anam Cara Geelong complement the Directors and professional staff by undertaking a wide range of duties – from general administration and housekeeping to fundraising and companionship for guests.

Our Founder

It is a classic example of community

partnering; a project generated from

within the community.

In the early 2000s, Diane Wright, a local family and bereavement counsellor

who watched families struggle to care for loved ones at home, mobilised a

local working group of like-minded people.

Determined to offer alternative options for end-of-life care across Geelong,

the group began working toward a common goal – to set up a community

residential palliative respite service in Geelong – with a priority on provision

of short-term palliative respite. In response to the growing service gap and

demand from the wider Geelong community for home style end-of-life care

options, the Anam Cara model was born.

This vision was shared with local businesses, healthcare providers,

professionals, philanthropists, and government. In-principle support was

received from the major health providers in Geelong. St John of God Hospital

committed to cover the cost of meals, and still do so today.


With a peppercorn lease kindly offered by St Mary’s Catholic Parish, the first

specialised residential palliative respite service in the region opened in 2007

in the St Mary’s Basilica Presbytery building in Myers St. Use of the building

was donated by The Archdiocese of Melbourne following the vision of Father

Kevin Dillon who gave up his home to establish Anam Cara.

Eleven years on, the vision holds steadfast. Anam Cara now operates on

a 24-hour basis, is fully accredited, non-denominational and governed by

senior figures from local businesses and community, who are passionate

about transforming the end-of-life experience for the Geelong community.

Our voluntary Board: Colin Edmondstone, Jennifer Cromarty, Diana Taylor,

Robert Threlfall, Dr Frank Scheelings. Aaron Shrimpton, Dr Sarah Leach.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful

committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Our House

Anam Cara House Geelong is set in the former genU building (Kardinia House circa 1850). The building was kindly provided with thanks to the vision of genU Geelong. Riverview Tce will provide a temporary home while the new purpose built facility is constructed at Deakin University Waurn Ponds.
The site includes lush gardens and a view of the Barwon River for the guests to enjoy.

Tours of the facility can be arranged by appointment.

The Future

Anam Cara House Geelong celebrated its ninth bithday in July 2016 having opened its doors to the Geelong and district community on the auspicious date of 07/07/07. Carers’ Accommodation commenced in April 2008, Overnight Respite commenced in May 2009 and Day Hospice had its first anniversary on 5 August 2009. The Board of Directors is currently exploring a variety of fundraising options that will cement Anam Cara’s place in Geelong for many years to come.