Fernlea House


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Day respite comes to the hills

In 2001, Jan Lancaster, Anne Speedie, Leonie Hamer, Barb Ward & Anne Sutterby started a campaign for a hospice in the hills. With support from well-known 'Sea Change' actors Jill Forster and her husband John Stanton, three years of Commonwealth Government funding and a grant from Upwey & District Bendigo Bank, Jan & Murray Lancaster purchased Fernlea House, and it opened in 2004.

Since opening, Fernlea has provided day respite for more than 800 people and their families. Over the years, satellite centres have operated in Healesville, Pakenham and Berwick, and we helped mentor Anam Cara Hospice before they opened in Geelong & Colac.

Fernlea now operates two day respite centres - Fernlea House in Emerald and from Stephenson House in Berwick. In 2015, Fernlea In-Home Care was started, and Fernlea Shop of Opportunities opened.

Our services support people living in the east and south-east regions of Melbourne.