Who We Are.
Anam Cara House Geelong is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing unique care for people living with a life-limiting diagnosis.
At Anam Cara House Geelong, we envision a future where everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity, experience quality of life at end-of-life, and to die well in the place they choose.
Anam Cara House Geelong exists to provide support services for people from Geelong and the wider region who are living with a chronic or life-limiting diagnosis. Support is also extended to their families and carers.
Our services are available to people who are seeking person-centred palliative care including day and overnight palliative care, 24-hour end-of-life care, community outreach and equipment loan. Care occurs in a unique, home-like environment with best practice clinical care and support from trained palliative care volunteers. The focus of person-centred palliative care is on the quality of life, symptom management and comfort.
With us, it’s always personal
Specially trained volunteers assist the nursing staff to care for and support the guests in our day and overnight palliative care, and end-of-life care. This allows us to care differently; truly person-centred and holistic.
The highest quality healthcare
Accreditation, credentialling and selective recruitment come together to ensure our highly skilled and experienced staff provide the highest quality person-centred and holistic care.
Improving the quality of your life at home
Our Community Outreach team are dedicated registered Nurses committed to enhancing and supporting the quality of life for those living with a life-limiting diagnosis – including assessment and referral, care navigation, advanced care planning and equipment loan.
Access to medical and nursing excellence
Competent, skilled, and compassionate palliative care health professionals, caring for people with a chronic or life-limiting diagnosis, in a comfortable and welcoming home-like environment.
In the early 2000s, Diane Wright OAM, 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.
Along with this vision came the help of Father Kevin Dillon who gave up his home for the establishment of Anam Cara House Geelong, which led to support from local businesses, healthcare providers, professionals, philanthropists, and government bodies.
Almost 15 years on, the vision holds steadfast. Anam Cara House Geelong 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.
Stage 1 of building the new Anam Cara House Geelong is complete!
Due to the demand now and in the future of our growing region, we’ve outgrown our 4-bed facility and are currently building our new world-class, purpose-built home.
The new Anam Cara House Geelong is located in a beautiful rural setting with elevated views at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds. Architecturally designed with 20 private bedrooms, open communal areas and landscaped gardens, it has been carefully designed to feel like a home for guests, their families and carers.
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 person-centred palliative care services. The large trained volunteer base of Anam Cara House 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.