Villa Maria Catholic Homes

486 Albert Street
East Melbourne Victoria, 3002 View map


Villa Maria Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing quality holistic services and life enhancing opportunities for older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.

Formed through the merger of Villa Maria and Catholic Homes in 2015, the organisation is one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education, accommodation and senior services supporting around 6,500 people across the state and southern New South Wales.

An agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, every day of the year 2,500 staff and 500-plus volunteers respond to the unique needs of people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.

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Jim Ensures June's Legacy Lives On

on Friday, September 22, 2017

It’s hard not to shed a tear when listening to James ‘Jim’ Wells talk about his wife of almost seven decades. He lost his beloved ‘Junie’ to dementia 12 months ago, and the grief is understandably raw.

Retirees Welcome New Aged Care Residents with a Special Gift

on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A knitting group has crafted a warm and friendly welcome for the first arrivals at Torquay’s newest aged care residence. Villa Maria Catholic Homes will open Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in October, located next door to its existing retirement village in Horseshoe Bend Road.

Montessori Approach Brings Joy to People Living with Dementia

on Monday, September 11, 2017

An innovative approach to supporting people living with dementia is brightening the lives of seniors and their families in Sunshine North. St Bernadette’s Community Respite House – run by not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes – has introduced the Montessori approach to its care delivery.

Arts in Action Wins Award

on Friday, September 8, 2017

Congratulations to the VMCH Pastoral Care team for winning Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) 2017 Arts in Health award! 

Sri Lankan Seniors Connect

on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) innovative Multicultural Wellness Centre (MWC) in Wantirna South has expanded its reach to help connect more socially isolated seniors.

Student Volunteering a Win-Win

on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

When she’s not tied to her desk studying for her medical degree, Stella Ngyuen can be found hanging out with seniors at Villa Maria Catholic Homes Corpus Christi aged care residence.

Pain Relief Comes From Trying Something New

on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trevor Miller tried his first “proper” massage at the age of 82 and says it changed his life. The great grandfather of three, who lives in Melbourne’s south-east, suffers from lymphedema, lower back pain and what he calls the aches and pains of old age. 

Villa Maria Catholic Homes - Veterans Remember

on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barry McKillop grew up in Hobart surrounded by rough seas and salty air.  The son of a cray fisherman, and grandson of Captain William McKillop, the last of the Tasmanian whalers, a career in the Navy felt like destiny.

VMCH Announces New CEO

on Friday, February 3, 2017

Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) has welcomed Sonya Smart as its new Chief Executive Officer. Her appointment follows the recent retirement of Greg Pullen and a competitive national search to find his successor. 

'Encore' Evokes Memories at Villa Maria Catholic Homes

on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When Romany Flanderka created a playlist of her mother’s favourite Jazz music she suspected it would have a powerful impact on her.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes welcomes statement on older people

on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Villa Maria Catholic Homes welcomes and applauds the Australian Catholic Bishops’ stand for older people and its recognition of the important role they play in society in their recently released Social Justice Statement.

Men’s Shed Provides Mateship for Seniors

on Friday, June 17, 2016

Don’t let the tools fool you – this Men’s Shed is more than just a workshop, it’s a place of friendship and fun. This week (June 13-19) is Men’s Health Week; aimed at raising awareness and prevention of men’s health issues and to celebrate men’s roles within the community.

Comfort, Dignity and Respect at End of Life

on Monday, May 23, 2016

Palliative care isn’t the most popular topic. However it’s a subject most people will have to face at some point; either personally, or by the side of a loved one.

Generations Unite at Villa Maria Catholic Homes

on Friday, May 20, 2016

They are separated by generations – but united by the simple joy of sharing each other’s company. Each Monday, a group of youngsters from Beaconsfield Children’s Hub eagerly await a special group of visitors from Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) aged care residence in Berwick

Nurses the ‘Heartbeat’ of Aged Care

on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Compassion, respect and patience. These are the qualities of a special group of employees who are being celebrated today. Michelle Willison, Catherine Hammond and Karen Piper are among more than 1,000 nurses from not-for-profit aged and disability services organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) are being honoured as part of International Nurses Day (IND).

Memories: The Soundtrack of Life

on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, ACDC, Aretha Franklin…the music tastes of seniors are interesting, diverse and surprising. The power of music is set to bring joy to aged care residents, reconnect families and help recover memories at Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH).

Seniors Say Volunteering a Win-Win

on Friday, May 6, 2016

Two grandparents who have dedicated more than half a century to brightening the lives of others say giving back is the key to staying fulfilled. 

Harp Conference Brings Calm and Creativity

on Monday, May 2, 2016

The sweet sounds of the harp rang out in harmony across Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Wantirna last month – uplifting the spirits of aged care residents. 

Parkinson’s No Barrier for Senior Artist

on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A 75-year-old artist with Parkinson’s disease hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams in his first ever exhibition.

Collaboration of Care for Older Victorians

on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Seniors and their families will be given more choice and control over their future following their hospital stay thanks to a collaboration of care between two Catholic-based, not-for-profit organisations.

A Passion for Quality Food in Aged Care

on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Catering expert Ellis Wilkinson is using his passion and skill to help create positive change around food quality and service for residents in aged care.

Tuning Into Dementia

on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It is hoped a new, ground-breaking study into television watching habits within aged care will improve the lives of residents living with dementia.

A Taste for Change in Aged Care

on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A former high-flying executive chef is using his extensive experience within the food industry to help enrich the lives of residents in aged care.

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