Vizard
House

An inner city, fully subsidised 'home away from home' for those caring for hospital patients.

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Vizard House

In 1992, the Vizard Foundation purchased a pair of historic inner city houses and repurposed them to provide fully subsidised accomodation for family, friends and carers of hospital patients.
Vizard House is located close to many of Melbourne's major hospitals, including: St Vincent's, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Richmond, The Alfred, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Women's Hospital, The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and the Eye and Ear Hospital.

Stay

Find out how to stay with us and apply for the VPTAS rebate for a cost-free stay.

Facilities

Explore the rooms and amenities available within this beautiful heritage property.

Location

A stone’s throw from Melbourne’s hospitals and CBD, click here for transport advice.

Helping Families look after loved ones who are receiving treatment for illnesses

Reservations for families and carers at Vizard House are available by referral from the doctors, social workers or welfare workers at the hospital the patient is attending. Please note that Vizard House is not equipped to provide accommodation for hospital patients themselves, only their carers.

Affordable Accomodation

The Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) helps eligible carers by subsidising their accomodation costs. Our rates are pegged to this rebate, so eligible carers who successfully apply for this rebate will be able to stay with us cost-free. Our friendly staff are happy to help with this process during your stay with us.
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Vizard House is so special as it gives you a safe haven in the city and the company of others who are going through similar experiences.

It just feels like home when you stay here and makes a difficult time easier to bear. Thank you so much for this wonderful place. Wendy

200k+

overnight stays in Vizard House

Have your stay fully reimbursed with the VPTAS rebate

30

years supporting melbourne communities

Property Overview

Vizard House provides a convenient and cost-effective means for families, friends and carers to visit hospitalised loved ones in Melbourne. The house is located in East Melbourne, a short walk or commute from most major hospitals in Melbourne.

Reservations for guests are only available through doctors, welfare, or social workers at the hospital the patient is attending. We are happy to assist with this process if you contact our house manager Monica Dixon on (03) 9419 8628, or at reservations@vizardhouse.com.au.

Designated carers are also eligible for a VPTAS rebate for accommodation rates. Our prices are pegged to these rates, resulting in an effectively cost-free stay for all guests who sucessfully apply for this rebate. Our staff are happy to assist with this process during your stay with us.

Stay With Us

Request a referral to stay with us from a social worker or medical authority at the hospital where the patient is receiving treatment.

Feel free to contact our house manager Monica Dixon for any questions about this process.

Phone: (03) 9419 8628

Email: reservations@vizardhouse.com.au

Contact

Facilities

Kitchen

Fully Equipped Kitchen, recently renovated to allow more people to use the space at once

In 2015, the facility was given a significant renovation in order to provide the most welcoming, calm and inclusive atmosphere possible for all of our guests

- Monica, House manager

Private Bedrooms

Both individual rooms and family rooms are available to account for differing needs and preferences of visitors.

Common Spaces

Communal living areas are freely available to all guests. Often, different groups of guests will strike up a friendship with one another during their stays at Vizard House, forming lasting bonds as a result of their shared experiences.

Many of our guests have formed lifelong friendships from their shared time together at Vizard House

- Monica, House manager

Outdoors

Outdoor pergola and barbecue area perfect for enjoying the beautiful Melbourne weather and escaping the hustle and bustle of the nearby CBD.

Testimonials

Vizard Foundation House
5.0
Based on 10 reviews
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Judith Murphy
Judith Murphy
2020-01-29T07:59:14+0000
Good, clean accommodation we used in an emergency situation.
Kylie Dowell
Kylie Dowell
2020-01-25T02:53:58+0000
My "home away from home" for 6 weeks. This facility is absolutely perfect. I was 3 hours from home, alone, scared and... no idea how I was going to afford accommodation. Enter Monica and this wonderful foundation. Knowing that I had my own room with a comfy bed to go to each night and no financial worries certainly eased my stress levels. I even made life time friends that were staying at the house as well. 10/10read more
Dionisio Jr Buaya
Dionisio Jr Buaya
2020-01-12T20:25:50+0000
Really nice and beautiful place to stay and accommodating staff , thanks to Monica , walking distance to st vincent... hospital just cross the beautiful garden of fitzroy thanks God bless Vizard Houseread more
Wendy Hebbard
Wendy Hebbard
2019-11-07T08:17:44+0000
Best place very friendly have been stress free staying here thank you much xo
Lesley Glass
Lesley Glass
2019-07-25T06:32:29+0000
Elaine was a wonderful support me when I had to come over from England to be with my seriously ill son. Will never... forget that time.read more
Debby Naughton
Debby Naughton
2019-07-10T10:52:40+0000
this is a wonderful place to stay when you are caring for loved ones in hospital.
Melanie Dayman
Melanie Dayman
2017-11-19T04:53:42+0000
Janelle Bottrell
Janelle Bottrell
2017-11-11T05:22:53+0000
Staying at Vizard Founation House was a great help during a difficult time while my partner was having treatment in... Melbourne. Coming from a country town, not knowing anyone, Elaine and the other staff were very friendly and helpful. It also helped by taking to other people staying in the house, by putting things in perspective for you. There is always someone who is doing it tougher than you are.read more
Jodie Cole Ingram
Jodie Cole Ingram
2017-08-05T12:31:39+0000
Thankyou to the beautiful Elaine and staff for all your support and hospitality during this difficult times. You have... been my saving grace!!read more
Leanne Kelly
Leanne Kelly
2017-07-29T11:02:51+0000
Very nice place to Stay & Elaine was a tremendous help to myself & family while my husband was in hospital.
Stephanie O'Connor
Stephanie O'Connor
2015-05-13T09:10:34+0000
Thank you Elaine for making my sister in laws visit a one of compassion and helpfulness. Thank you for allowing our... family, my niece, my nephew and myself share in the accommodation separately over the two weeks. The facility is peaceful, spotless, homely and very modern. The short distance to Peter Mac and other hospitals is a God send to strangers to Melbourne. Will never forget my short time with you....Thanks...read more
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Location

68-70 Clarendon St, East Melbourne VIC 3002

How to get here

Car

We do not provide off-street parking, so would not recommend driving. Given the proximity of Vizard House to most hospitals and amenities, often walking or public transport is a better option in this part of the city for those who are able.

Train

We are a 5 minute walk from Jolimont Station on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines.

Tram

Stop 11 (Jolimont Station/MCG) is a 5 minute walk away. The 48 and 75 trams pass through this stop. These trams provide easy access to both the CBD, and Epworth Hospital Richmond.

Distance to Hospitals

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I stay at Vizard House?

Reservations for Vizard House are available by referral from the doctors, social workers or welfare workers at the hospital the patient is attending. Please telephone (03) 9419 8628 for further information.

Residents and potential guests are encouraged to discuss arrangements and any concerns with the resident manager, who can help with access to support services, as well as practical advice on matters such as transport, shopping and negotiating the Melbourne environment.

Who can stay at Vizard House?

Accommodation at Vizard House is only available for friends or family supporting patients in Melbourne hospitals, and not for patients themselves. In addition, guests must be in personal circumstances which make it impractical for them to use commercial accommodation for the duration of their stay. The social workers at the hospital the patient is attending will be able to provide more information about your eligibility.

How much does it cost to stay?

The cost to stay at Vizard House will depend on a variety of factors, including your place of residence, but nightly costs for a single guest are generally equivalent to the VPTAS (the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme) rebate. This results in a fully reimbursed stay for eligible guests. Modest extra fees will apply for additional guests.

Payment for accommodation will need to be made on the day of your stay, either in cash, by credit card or EFTPOS. A refundable deposit will be charged for your room and house key.

Can I take my car to Vizard House?

Unfortunately, we do not provide off-street parking, so we would not recommend driving to Vizard House. We are, however, located walking distance from most major hospitals, and the CBD, and have an abundance of nearby public transport options.