An Australian pioneer in care support services

mecwacare is a leading not-for-profit organisation with a reputation for excellence – having provided care to the Victorian community since 1959.


mecwacare offers retirement living, residential aged care, home care packages, respite care, in-home support, community housing, community programs, disability and nursing services, providing optimal choice for people of all ages, irrespective of financial, religious, cultural or lifestyle background.

mecwacare cares for more than 16,500 people each week across greater Melbourne and regional Victoria through a highly-integrated service network operated by more than 2000 employees and 490 volunteers. Staff are culturally and linguistically diverse, representing 89 nationalities and speaking 98 languages.  The organisation believes in responding to the changing needs of the community and actively encourages continuous improvement, innovation and safe service delivery.

In honour of Robin Syme AM

Robin Syme was a major contributor to aged care in Australia, particularly for his support and guidance to mecwacare. Robin was a solicitor with over 40 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. This former president of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Chairman of the State Council and President of St John Ambulance Victoria joined the mecwacare Board in 2000. Soon after, he was appointed as the organisation’s Chairman.

Within this role, Robin supported the expansion and enhancement of mecwacare’s residential and community services, including the refurbishment of our Fisher Street and Barry Fenton day centres. Over a 10-year period, he was involved in the extension of mecwacare’s Sir Donald and Lady Trescowthick Centre in Prahran and the Pakenham home care office, and opened mecwacare’s Malvern Centre, a 101-bed aged care facility right next door to this new collection of luxurious residences.

We invite you to book your personal tour, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions. Please call Robyn on 03 9831 9876 today or send us an email for more information.