John Macrae Centre
Day Care for Older People

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 John Macrae Centre garden Our Mission

John Macrae Centre offers friendly, equitable and flexible programs for older people of Stonnington.
The range of programs provided is specifically designed to enhance the quality of life for participants and their carers.
The professional staff and volunteers provide a high standard of service, maintaining dignity, self-worth and independence.
We ensure that reconciliation is a focus within services, the life and the structural relationships of agencies.

The Centre

The John Macrae Centre is a modern facility, which offers the comforts of home, easy access, air-conditioning/heating and many other features. The building is set in a most attractive garden, which provides a peaceful outlook and an area to enjoy the outdoors.


The John Macrae Centre is supported by TUC and congregation, service users, local community and funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care Programs (HACC).


The John Macrae Centre Newsletters are available for downloading.
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Whats On!

The centre will be closed on:

The next Carer's Support Group meeting is on Wednesday, 17th February 2016..


The John Macrae Centre is a mission outreach of the congregation and ministry of the Toorak Uniting Church. The Centre was opened in 1968 and has grown from a fortnightly lunch club to a five day a week program catering for over 80 people.

Enquires and Referrals

Initial enquiries can be made directly to the centre by phone on 9829 0320.
Referrals to the program can be made by: family, friends, carers or interested parties, Service Providers and Health Professionals.
(the later are asked to use the SCTT Tools or via E-referral)

 John Macrae Centre Bus Transport

Transport to and from the centre is available provided there is capability and passengers live within Stonnington. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Bendigo Bank, Windsor and Prahran Central Branches for helping keep the JMC bus on the road and the support from the Stonnington Council Bus Service and Drivers for sharing the provision of transport with our staff who drive the John Macrae Centre bus. We also acknowledge the volunteers who help with jockeying on both buses.

Transport is also provided by volunteer drivers, carers and taxis.
(NB: members may have to pay for the taxi fares)

Driver wanted
JMC urgently needs a volunteer driver for our 8 seater bus to pick up our members at 10am-11am on Fridays and to drop them home at 3pm-4pm. If you can help please ring Katrina on 9829 0320 for more details. No special driving licence required.

Area Served

Day Centre services are available to people who live in Stonnington. People living outside the area will be assessed on a needs basis.


HACC eligible members are charged a small attendance fee.
Non HACC eligible members including those living in care or on an EACH or EACHD package are charged an hourly fee for service.
(Fees are negotiable for eligible members, please speak to the program director if you have financial difficulties.)

Office Hours

10am to 5pm Monday and 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday

It's about You

Helping people stay active, involved and doing as much for themselves as possible is proven to help people stay more independent with a greater sense of wellbeing. This is the approach we take in working with our members and carers.

JMC staff will work with you, and the people who support you, to find out the things that you want to achieve and the things that are important to you.

Our staff want to ensure that you are at the centre of every decision.
We will try and help you do as much as you can for yourself to help maintain your independence.
To down load the "It's about you" brochure please follow this link:
The brochure is also available in a number of community languages, please follow this link:-

 John Macrae Centre activities Activities

Various activities are offered according to the interests and abilities of members:




Garden activitiesGraded exercises and ball games

Guest speakersMusic




Our membership is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and orientations. We recognise and respect the diversity of our members, we understand the issues facing diverse groups and respond to their needs. And finally we provide an accessible and appropriate service and refer where necessary.       Alzheimer's Association      
 National LGBTI Health Alliance        Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing        Better Health Channel      

Outdoor Walking Group

Monday 1:30pm to 4:30pm
For people who are able to walk independently including those who use aides. The group walks for approximately 30 minutes followed by afternoon tea.
AIM: To maintain confidence in mobilizing independently and maintain physical fitness.

Coffee Group

Tuesday 9:45am to 11:45am
For people who wish to maintain social contact and are able to contribute to friendly conversation in a supportive environment.
AIM: To encourage friendship, build confidence and reduce feelings of isolation.

Social Groups

Monday - Hartley's12noon to 3:00pm
Tuesday12noon to 3:00pm
Thursday11:00am to 3:00pm

For people who may be physically frail, socially isolated, sensory impaired, cognitively alert or have mild cognitive impairment.
AIM: To provide interesting and meaningful involvement, which promotes success and togetherness.

Special Needs Group

Wednesday10:30am to 3:45pm
Friday11:00am to 3:00pm

For people who may have mild to moderate cognitive impairment, reduced communication skills, or are sensory impaired, socially isolated or physically frail.
AIM: To provide a safe, supportive environment that allays fears and enhances quality of life.

Extended Hours and Emergency Respite

If our programs have the capacity (that is that we can maintain the 5:1 member to staff ratio), Carers can access extra hours for emergency respite.

Extended hours

   For when you need those extra few hours before or after the program to get somewhere in time.
If you need extended hours - that is before or after the regular day/s of attendance, between 9:30am and 4:30pm (no extra cost involved, however you will need to provide transport if you don't already do so)

Extra day/s

 For when you have an appointment and would rather not or can not take the care recipient with you.
If you need an extra day - that is on a day other then the usual day of attendance between 9:30am - 5:00pm Mon to Fri.
(Please speak to the Program Director to confirm cost for the extra day and note that you will need to provide transport.)

What you need to do

 All you need to do is call Katrina and we will try to provide the respite for the time you need. As much notice as possible is preferred but we appreciate that sometimes this is not possible, so please try anyway. We will do our best to help.

If you have any questions or need any further information please don't hesitate to call.

Carer's Support Group

This forum is an opportunity for carers to share their concerns, learn from each other, make suggestions or raise issues with the Board of Governance member who is also in attendance.

Next Carers' Meeting

Date:Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Time:2:00pm to 3:30pm

Topic and invitations will be sent to carers closer to the date but please pencil this date in your diary as it should be a very good session.

Past Topics at Carers' Meetings

15 Feb 2012:Share your ideas about how you cope with your caring role.
16 May 2012:Carers Victoria - Humour and caring.
15 Aug 2012:Dementia Pathways Following Initial Diagnosis.
21 Nov 2012:Residential Respite.
20 Feb 2013:Open forum to discuss issues and strategies.
15 May 2013:A Peer Educator from COTA facilitated a session on "Medicines and You".
21 Aug 2013:A Peer Educator from COTA facilitated a session on "Be active your way".
20 Nov 2013:A Peer Educator from COTA facilitated a session on "beyond Maturity Blues".
19 Feb 2014:This meeting was an open forum for cares to come along and share ideas and strategies.
14 May 2014:Carer Respite Centre staff member Biata facilitated the meeting and the discussion around types of respite and access.
13 Aug 2014:We welcomed Maureen Hurley who has been counselling with Alzheimer's Australia.
19 Nov 2014:Caulfield ACAT staff member, Jeanette Walker facilitated the meeting and the discussion around types of Assessment and respite.
18 Feb 2015:Eleven carers joined us for an open discussion about the strategies used when things are not going so well
20 May 2015:"4 Steps for life" - Practiced CPR (cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) using the DVD program by Ambulance Victoria.
19 Aug 2015:Caroline Smyth from Uniting Care LifeAssist. If you would like information please ask for one of their show bags at the JMC office.

We have some spare resources, so if anyone is interested please call in to collect them.

If you are not a member of Carers Victoria, membership can be beneficial and is free. For more info call 9396 9500 or go to

For further carer support contact My Aged Care by phoning 1800 200 422 or visit

If you or a loved one has dementia and you need information, counseling, support and to connect with others in your situation then can help you.

 Lunch is provided at John Macrae Centre Meals

A nourishing home cooked lunch is provided as part of each daily program. Special diets may be catered for.


Volunteers play an important role at JMC
We understand and accept that volunteers may only be available at certain times of the year and not others, so we are just as flexible as our volunteer are. Their contribution is valued and appreciated no matter how regular, or irregular. Some of our older volunteers come to us with lots of life experience while the students may need some guidance, and training is offered as required.

Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, here are some of the way others help and you may be inspired to do so as well:-

On a weekly basis
Helping with transport as a jockey on our busHelping as a kitchen handAssisting staff in the program
Assisting with scrabble or cardsThe walking group on a weekly basis.Students on community service

On a monthly basis
Assist with odd jobs in the gardenAssist with administration tasks.In our walking group
Cleaning the mini bus

From one to five times per year
Provide musical entertainmentArm chair travelFacilitate flower arranging sessions
Speakers on topics of interest

We also have one off volunteers who assist for particular activities or assist off site
Selling raffle tickets,Manning stalls on election day,Manning stalls at expos
Sewing, knitting, cooking, baking items for fundraising events and stallsHolding fundraising functionsAssisting at our yearly dance in September

If you have time to spare and would like to volunteer at the John Macrae Centre Please don't hesitate to call the Program Director on 9829 0320.


We value highly the interest and financial help of our supporters.
Donations can be made payable to the John Macrae Centre and are tax deductible.

You can also send your denotations to the John Macrae Centre via Share by following this link

Privacy and Confidentiality

The JMC acknowledges and respects the privacy of individuals. We support and endorse National Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Admendment Act 2000 (Privacy Section) and will comply with these principles whenever personal information, as defined by The Act, is collected by us.


If you have a complaint about any aspect of your participation in the John Macrae Centre, the matter will be dealt with promptly and discreetly by the Program Director through discussion with you and/or your representative.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome, a written complaint by you can be forwarded to the John Macrae Center Board of Governance. Every attempt will be made to resolve the matter at this level. The final step will be to attempt resolution through the Uniting Church Aged Care Unit and through the Department of Human Services, Southern Region.

For further information people can call the Department's Central Complaints unit on 1300884706, or email, or call the Ombudsman Victoria on 96136222.


If you do not attend for six consecutive weeks or more, your place may be given to someone else on the waiting list.
Please speak to the Program director for further details.

Refusal of Offer of Service

If you do not wish to accept the service we offer you are welcome to reapply at a later date - contact the Program Director for further details.


The John Macrae Centre supports any client who may wish to use an advocate - contact the Program Director.
For more information go

Where We Are

John Macrae House,
603 Toorak Rd.
Toorak, 3142
Victoria, Australia.

Opposite Irving Rd,
behind Toorak Uniting Church.
Melways Ref 2M K7
No 8 Toorak Tram - stop No 39

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Telephone:(03) 9829 0320
Facsimile:(03) 9826 5747

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