About Caritas Christi Hospice
Caritas Christi Hospice is part of the Palliative Care Services of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. It was the first inpatient palliative care facility in Victoria. It provides Palliative Care Services, Caritas Christi Hospice, BETRS, Aged Day Care, Artist in Residence and the Centre for Palliative Care.
Caritas Christi History
The Sisters of Charity sailed from Ireland to Australia in 1838 and established several hospitals and hospices, including St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 1893. In the 1930s, there was a shortage of beds at the hospital, leading to the early discharge of many homeless and terminally ill people. The Sisters responded to this urgent need by establishing the Caritas Christi hospice in Kew in 1938.
Caritas has always been renowned for its beautiful gardens and superb views, providing peace and calm to residents at a very vulnerable time.
Palliative Care at St Vincent’s
St Vincent’s is a leader in the area of palliative care nationally, including through our clinical care and training research arms.
Palliative Care is the specialised holistic healthcare for people with serious long term complex healthcare needs as well as for those who are terminally ill. The aim is to improve quality of life and to support family members and carers. This includes attending to the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs that are unique to each person and family.
Caritas Christi today
Today, Caritas Christi is the largest and best-known provider of palliative and supportive care in Victoria. It is considered a centre of excellence in its field.
Statewide access is provided to our links with other services. In addition, there are strong academic links to research services and training for palliative care health professionals in palliative care. There are over 100 staff at Caritas, providing care to patients at the hospice, through the day centre facilities, and in the home.
The Redevelopment of Caritas Christi
Due to increasing demand for palliative care services at Caritas Christi and ageing infrastructure, there is now an urgent need to rebuild on the site.
This will ensure that the needs of our patients and their families can be properly met.