History of Hospice

Albany Community Hospice officially opened on 15 November 1990. It was the accumulation of the dreams and dedication of many community members and which resulted in possibly the first free standing day hospice in Australia that was totally owned and funded by the people.

The land and building were donated by Paul and Joan Terry whilst many individuals and businesses gave freely of their time, labour, materials and money to ensure that Albany would achieve the vision of Fr Hugh Galloway. The Hospice initially provided guests with day care and sometimes weekends or overnight care in a secure and homely atmosphere.

In December 1995 Albany Community Hospice became a licensed private hospital. This enabled the hospice to secure funding from private health funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs and marked a change that would see the hospice aim for the balance between clinical excellence and loving kindness.

In 1998 a study was commissioned to assess the future of the Hospice and the resulting information indicated that a new building was required. After considerable fundraising and planning the new Hospice was built on the grounds of Albany Regional Hospital and the official opening was held on 3 February 2002.
After the redevelopment of the Albany Regional Hospital a grant submission was successfully made to Royalties for Regions to provided 4.7 million dollars for the relocation and expansion of the Hospice on the Albany Hospital Campus.

The new eight bed facility was open in April 2016 and has been designed to provide an efficient, high quality environment for staff whilst focussing on the special needs of our patients and their family/carers. The large individual rooms open out on to beautifully landscaped court yards. In addition, there are a number of dedicated rooms and spaces for quiet contemplation, formal meetings and/or professional support.

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