Mary MacKillop Aged Care is a 91 bed residence in Hawthorn East which caters to all in the community that are in need of personal care. We endeavour to provide the highest level of care to our residents and involve them, and their family, in our community.
We are privileged to occupy a great location in Hawthorn East, very close to the Camberwell Junction and the Burke Rd shopping strip.
We provide quality of care within our Catholic tradition which includes daily Mass and other celebrations, Pastoral care and lifestyle support 7 days per week.
Our values include hospitality, so our community of Residents and families are provided with delicious and nutritious meals, an engaging program of activities and outings, as well as 24/7 registered nurses and personal care assistants to help with their every need.
Mary MacKillop Aged Care has a history that spans more than half a century of dedicated care and service.
In the 1950s a small house on the corner of King Street and Denmark Hill Road, Hawthorn East, was purchased to serve as an infirmary for the Sisters of St joseph. In 1957 St Joseph’s Nursing Home was registered with 12 rooms.
A decade later five extra beds and a Chapel were added. Renovations and extensions in 1983 expanded our capacity to 26 and allowed us to open our doors to others. By 1993 our total capacity was 30. In 1997 we adopted the Mary MacKillop name for our nursing home.
In 1976 Penola, a 21 bed residence, was built alongside the nursing home, to accommodate retired Sisters not requiring nursing home care. The hostel was demolished and the nursing home became a 60 bed residence along King Street in 2002.
Since 2002 we have expanded twice becoming the 91 bed residence of today – home to women and men, religious and lay people – a welcoming community with person-centred care at its heart.
Today, we are again in the midst of significant refurbishment making enhancements to enrich the everyday experience and quality of life for residents and the MMAC community.
The stewardship and governance of Mary MacKillop Aged Care rests with our dedicated Board of Directors. The Board is appointed by the Sisters of St Joseph and incorporated as Sisters of St Joseph Health Care Services (Vic), a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
The Board is committed to the Vision, Mission and Values of Mary MacKillop Aged Care and has worked with senior management on the Strategic Plan which guides organisational priorities and decision-making.
The Directors are professionals from diverse backgrounds who bring a wealth of experience, expertise and passion to our organisation.
Jack Tully was appointed to the Board in 2010 and has been Board Chair since 2013. Having practised the law for more than five decades, Jack is currently a consultant in a city law firm. His experience in general legal practice enriches the Board’s deliberations.
Bernadette was appointed to the Board in November 2011 and is its Deputy Chair and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee. Bernadette is a Registered Nurse and holds a senior role in the Department of Health and Human Services. Her professional experience as an academic, manager in health services and roles in strategic leadership, quality initiatives and large projects enhance her contribution to the Board.
Sr Antoinette Baldwin RSJ
Sr Antoinette was appointed to the Board in February 2015. Antoinette brings a wealth of experience and expertise as a nurse, midwife and educator. Her busy working life includes her role as Health Care Co-ordinator for the De La Salle Brothers and her position as Deputy Chair of the Stewardship Board of Catholic Health Australia.
Sr Margaret Brown RSJ
Sister Margaret has served on the Board since April 2009. Her professional background as an educator, pastoral associate, rural parish administrator and, now, Leader of a community of senior religious means Margaret brings wisdom and insight born of rich experience to the Board.
Elaine Canty AM
Elaine was appointed to the Board in November 2013. A lawyer, journalist and broadcaster, Elaine brings more than two decades of experience as a board member of various organisations, notably as Chair of the Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Elaine’s mother resided at Mary MacKillop Aged Care.
Appointed in November 2012, Richard follows in the footsteps of his father who served on the Board between 1990 and 2003. Having held a variety of legal and managerial roles specialising in employment law and industrial relations, Richard was appointed a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission in February 2016.
Peter was appointed to the Board in August 2016 and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He is the founding partner of Melbourne accounting and advisory firm, Salt Financial Group. Peter has contributed to the financial health as director of various community organisations and those in the private sector.
Jim first served on the Board between 2003 and 2012. He was reappointed in November 2015. Jim’s professional expertise as an architect and his governance experience – including on the Board of St Vincent’s Private Hospital – are an asset to our Board.
Margaret joined the Board in November 2011. Since 2015 she has served as Company Secretary. Since 2003, following almost three decades in Catholic education, Margaret has consulted in a freelance capacity in organisational design and leadership capacity building in Catholic sector organisations.
Susanne was appointed to the Board in November 2015. She has just completed a term as Chair of PANDA, the national organisation that supports women living with perinatal anxiety and depression. Susanne’s extensive career in the community, public and local government sectors has centred around change management, organisational development and community consultation.
Throughout 2013 the Board of the Sisters of St Joseph Health Care Services (Vic) along with the Chief Executive and senior staff of Mary MacKillop Aged Care undertook an extensive exercise that reviewed the earlier Strategic Plan and mapped and analysed the priorities that will shape its direction and its work for the five-year period 2014 – 2018.
This Plan articulates our strategic intentions and states our goals for the next 5 years.
Integral to this exercise was the development of the Mary MacKillop Aged Care Strategic Framework that connects our Mission, Values and Vision to our operation through the interaction between our strategic priorities, operational domains and service hallmarks.
We uphold and respect the dignity of residents and all who contribute to their care and services.
We value: compassion, integrity, hospitality, harmony and justice.