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 respite accommodation 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

Anam Cara House Geelong started as a dream – that of Founder, Diane Wright. Through many years of effort, Diane’s vision of creating a respite and palliative care facility in a homelike environment has been realised. Her commitment to seeing the community hospice project culminate in a functioning facility saw her meet with hundreds of community leaders, politicians, service groups and members of the Geelong and Colac communities to advocate on behalf of Anam Cara Geelong.

Through her efforts, and those of a dedicated team of volunteers and supporters, the Geelong community rallied and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the initial fit-out of the Anam Cara Geelong property – formerly the St Mary’s Presbytery. Without Diane’s vision and dedication, Anam Cara Geelong would not exist.

“It’s come together as a result of people having the courage and vision to believe a hospice would be supported by the Geelong community.”

– Diane Wright, Founder, Anam Cara House Geelong

Our House

Anam Cara House Geelong is set in the former St Mary’s Presbytery. The building was kindly donated by The Archdiocese of Melbourne, with thanks to the vision of Father Kevin Dillon, and the generosity of The Parish of St. Mary’s Geelong. Capital funds for renovating the site were raised from generous donations from the Geelong community and philanthropic trusts.
The site includes lush gardens which furnish the house with continual fresh flowers.

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.