Albany Community Hospice officially opened on 15th 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 3rd February 2002.
Now 14 years on Albany Community will be relocating so that it can once again be joined to the new Albany Health Campus. It was attached to the former Albany Regional Hospital which has been recently demolished and rebuilt. Royalties for Regions have provided 4.7 million dollars to ACH to build a new 8 bed hospice that was completed in December 2015 and will be commissioned in April 2016. In May 2015 the hospice was granted a $619,000 from LotteryWest for the fit out which will enable a home like environment to be created and innovative features to be included.
10am - 2pm at the Hospice
5pm - 12pm King River Tavern