About Us

Our History

Caritas Christi Hospice at Kew was the first inpatient palliative care facility in Victoria, founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity. Over the years Caritas Christi grew to provide a range of both palliative care and aged care services reaching over 100 inpatient beds.

In the late 1990's, one Caritas palliative care ward was relocated from Kew to the 6th floor of St Vincent's Hospital Inpatient Services Building in Fitzroy. In early 2000, the aged care component came under the remit of St Georges and St Vincent's Aged Care Services. In January 2008, Caritas Christi Hospice, St Georges Hospital, Prague House and St Vincent's Hospital became one legal entity - St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Incorporated. St Vincent’s Hospital is a public hospital that aims to provide optimal nursing and medical care in an atmosphere of Christian love and compassion, according to the values of the Sisters of Charity.

Currently with 8 inpatient beds in Fitzroy, 28 inpatient beds in Kew and a variety of other services and programs, St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services continues to foster and enhance expertise and developments in the provision of palliative care.

Our Mission

St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services is dedicated to providing the best possible healthcare, drawing on the talents and creativity of staff, volunteers and others who share a vision to:

  • Continue the healing ministry of Christ, which upholds the dignity of each individual and promotes wholeness and transformation as life nears its end.
  • Create an environment in which the values and culture of patients and their families are respected.
  • Achieve excellence in palliative and aged care practice, education and research.
  • Collaborate with community, aged and acute care services in the delivery of integrated palliative and aged care.

Our Strategic Plan

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne has a long and proud history of providing excellent end of life care.

As our health service continues to strive to be a leader in palliative care, we celebrated the release last month of our Palliative Care Strategic Plan.

The Palliative Care Strategic Plan provides a framework that supports St Vincent’s to be known locally, nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s leading providers of evidence based palliative care.

The strategic commitments of St Vincent’s Melbourne Palliative Care Services are:

1. Capability

People with life limiting conditions receiving palliative and end of life care are consistently experiencing excellent care utilising best practice evidence. This is occurring in specialist and generalist settings in hospitals and in their homes.

2. Visibility and Identity

More people will have early access to palliative care and specialist support through the benefits and value of palliative care being better understood, more visible and accessible.

3. Unity

Our St Vincent’s community will benefit from an integrated Palliative Care Service that enables the combined clinical, education and research components of the St Vincent’s Palliative Care Service to strengthen each aspect and take full advantage of the Service’s uniqueness.

As we build the new Caritas Christi Hospice that will be completed by the end of 2020, the team will actively work to deliver the commitments in the Strategic Plan that will advance evidence based palliative care and improve the outcomes and experience of patients and their families.

Our Team

St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services – Medical Consultants

A/ Professor Mark Boughey
Director Palliative Medicine
Tel: (03) 9231 5640 pg. 169

Professor Jennifer Philip
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital
& Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)
UoM Email: jphilip@unimelb.edu.au
St Vincent's Email: jennifer.philip@svha.org.au

Tel: (03) 9231 1155 Fax: (03) 9288 2581

Dr Jenny Weil
Deputy Director Palliative Medicine
Consultation Service Fitzroy Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 2211

Dr Tamsin Bryan
Lead Physician – St Vincent’s Palliative Care
Consultation Service Fitzroy Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 2211

Dr Peter Sherwen
Lead Physician – Inpatient Palliative Care Unit
Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 5000 Fax: (03) 9231 5666

Dr Beth Russell
Lead Physician – St Vincent’s Palliative Care
Consultation Service Fitzroy Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 2211 Fax: 9416 3919

Dr Jo-An Seah
Consultant - Inpatient Palliative Care Unit, Kew Campus
& Palliative Care Consultation Service, Fitzroy Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 5000 Fax: (03) 9231 5666

Dr Sarah Leung
Consultant - Inpatient Palliative Care Unit, Kew Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 5000 / 9231 1799 Fax: (03) 9231 5666

Dr Laura Booth
Consultant - Palliative Care Consultation Service, Fitzroy Campus
Cancer Care, Kew Campus
Tel: (03) 9231 2211