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.
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.
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.Get In Touch
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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
Vizard House is a comprised of two beautiful heritage terrace houses overlooking the picturesque surrounds of Fitzroy Gardens. The interiors have been renovated recently with a priority placed on simple comfort and relaxation. We aim to provide a friendly and caring environment that helps visitors to feel at home, despite them often being in difficult personal circumstances.
All guests are accommodated in their own individual room. Family rooms are also available. Guests have access to amenities including: wi-fi, a large communal living room, a laundry, an outdoor pergola and barbecue area,and a fully equipped 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
Both individual rooms and family rooms are available to account for differing needs and preferences of visitors.
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
Outdoor pergola and barbecue area perfect for enjoying the beautiful Melbourne weather and escaping the hustle and bustle of the nearby CBD.
68-70 Clarendon St, East Melbourne VIC 3002
How to get here
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.
We are a 5 minute walk from Jolimont Station on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Many guests will be entitled to a rebate for the costs of their stay through VPTAS or its equivalent in your home state, but this will depend on your personal circumstances. Information about your eligibility for the rebate will be available from the social work department of the hospital being attended by the patient you are supporting.
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.