John Macrae Centre

Telephone: (03) 9829 0320 or Email:


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.

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.



John Macrae Centre is governed by the Uniting (VicTas) Board.
We are joining with 21 other Uniting Church community service agencies to form a new single organisation. Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited was established and governance for all founding agencies was unified under the single Board on 3 October 2016.
The Uniting Board is an experienced, skills based team that will lead the design and build of the emerging organisation.
For more information contact the JMC Program Director.



The John Macrae Centre is supported by TUC and congregation, service users, local community and funding from the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

JMC Newsletter 


The John Macrae Centre Newsletters are available for downloading.

March 2017

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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)



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)

We gratefully acknowledge the “in kind” support from the Stonnington Council  for the Community Bus Service and Drivers. The provision of transport is shared by the Community Bus and drivers and  our staff who drive the John Macrae Centre bus. We also acknowledge the volunteers who help with jockeying.


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 on a level 3 or 4 package or living in an Aged Care facility 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:-



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

      Art Cards
  Chess Craft
  Discussions Entertainers
  Garden activities Graded exercises and ball games
  Guest speakers Music
  Outings Quizzes



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   

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's 12noon to 3:00pm
Tuesday 12noon to 3:00pm
Thursday 11:00am 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

Wednesday 10:30am to 3:45pm
Friday 11:00am 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.



Carer's Support Group

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, counselling, support and to connect with others in your situation then can help you or phone 1800 100 500.


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 bus Helping as a kitchen hand Assisting staff in the program
  Assisting with scrabble or cards The walking group on a weekly basis. Students on community service

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

From one to five times per year
  Provide musical entertainment Arm chair travel Facilitate 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 stalls Holding fundraising functions Assisting 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 donations 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 Amendment 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 to:-

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 58 Toorak Tram - stop No 136

Telephone: (03) 9829 0320

Facsimile: (03) 9826 5747


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