Palliative Care: a place of compassion and comfort

Our commitment to you and your loved one

At the Gibson Unit, we understand that life’s journey can take unexpected turns. Whether you or a family member are facing a challenging illness or nearing the end of life, our dedicated team is here to provide unwavering support, compassion, and comfort.

Creating a healing environment


A home away from home

When you step into the Gibson Unit at Calvary St. John’s Hospital, you’ll find more than just a medical facility. Our warm and welcoming environment is designed to feel like a home away from home.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Private rooms: Most of our rooms are single bedrooms, ensuring privacy and tranquility. Each room features large windows that invite natural light and offer glimpses of our serene garden and courtyard.
  • Family comfort: We know that family plays a crucial role in healing. That’s why we provide futon couches in the rooms, allowing family members to stay overnight. You can rest assured knowing your loved ones are close by.
  • The ‘cuddle’ bed: In our dedicated end-of-life room, we have a special feature—the ‘cuddle’ bed. This double-sized medical bed allows loved ones to be side by side, sharing moments of comfort and connection during challenging times.

Our gardens. Your sanctuary.

Our beautiful gardens, with their lush greenery, serve as sanctuaries for those navigating the complexities of serious illness or the end of life. Amidst the vibrant petals and rustling leaves, patients find respite from the chaos of medical treatments and emotional strain.

Our gardens offer a gentle escape, allowing individuals to breathe deeply and connect with nature.

In the quietude of a garden, visitors can meditate, reflect, and find solace.

The rustling leaves and gentle sway of blossoms become a backdrop for self-discovery, reflection and acceptance.

Comforts that matter

There are little touches of kindness and support to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible:

  • Oncology massage: Enjoy complimentary oncology massages to soothe your body.
  • Handmade quilts and gowns: Our community partners and the Bruny Island Sew and Sews donate quality handmade quilts and gowns for your comfort.
  • Entertainment: Use our iPads and Bluetooth headsets to connect to your Netflix, music, podcasts, and video calls.
  • Furry friends: Pet dogs can visit upon request, bringing warmth and companionship.
  • Quiet spaces: Explore the Webber lounge or Mary Potter room for peaceful moments.


Holistic care: mind and body


Listening and engaging

Our approach to care goes beyond medical treatments. We actively listen to your needs, fears, and hopes. Your goals become our goals, and we work together to create a personalised care plan.

Supporting your journey

Our team of experienced specialists focuses on patients with life-limiting illnesses. Whether it’s chronic diseases, cancer, or degenerative conditions, we’re here to guide you through every step.

Your voice matters

You and your family have a great influence over decisions about your care. The Gibson multidisciplinary team ensures dignity, comfort, and quality of life. Your involvement in how we deliver your care is important to us.

Community and connection

  • Volunteers: Our dedicated volunteers lend a listening ear, play cards, and share stories. Their presence eases the burden of illness.
  • Preferred care location: We respect your wishes. If you prefer to transition home, our team will create a comprehensive support plan, connecting you with community providers and specialists.


Your journey, our compassion

At the Gibson Unit, we walk alongside you and your family. Your wellbeing is our priority. Let us be your support, your sanctuary, and your source of comfort.

Please note that this information is provided with empathy and care. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to our compassionate team:

 [email protected]

 03 6220 3705