Our History



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Fronditha Care, formally known as the Australian Greek Society for the Care of the Elderly (AGSCE), is a relatively young organisation undergoing many changes in its short life. However its purpose and the reason for its existence has remained unchanged, that is to care for older persons. The desire to care was first expressed by the formation of a committee with representatives of several Greek community organisations including the Australian Greek Welfare Society, Members of the Cypriot Community of Melbourne and Victoria, EEAMA, AHEPA and others. The committee has its origins in the Australian Greek Welfare Society which identified the need to establish aged care services from its welfare work.

The inaugural committee first met on 22 April 1977 and was an informal association until it was incorporated as a charitable organization on the 29th April 1982 with the name Australian Greek Society for Care of the Elderly Inc. More recently, the name “Fronditha Care” has been adopted for simplicity and ease. The very first aim of the AGSCE was to establish a hostel for frail older persons who could not live securely alone. To achieve this, a grant was secured from the Federal government for approximately half the cost of a hostel with the balance being raised by public appeal. A further major donation of $100,000 from the City of Oakleigh enabled the purchasing of the land at 94 Springs Road, Clayton South. The general Greek Community resisted the idea of an aged care residential facility care, in line with the belief that all Greek elders were cared for by their families. Educating the community about the real facts of elderly isolation was a major task of AGSCE.

The first hostel, Pronia, with 40 beds was completed in October 1983. The committee of the AGSCE acted as a management group for the hostel, resulting in the realisation that many applicants for care actually needed nursing home services. This led to the next project, Steyi, a 30 bed nursing home, which was completed in July 1989. The steadily increasing call on AGSCE’s services led to the steady growth of the Society. Galini hostel for 32 dementia sufferers was completed in 1993, Thalpori (St. Albans) 30 bed nursing home opened in 1996, and Anesi (Thornbury) 30 bed nursing home opened in July 1997.

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Thalpori was achieved by the purchase of an existing nursing home from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, although substantial renovations were required. The home is on a large site with room for other services. A 30 bed hostel was built in 1999 and 20 independent living units were completed in May 2002.

In May 2005 Fronditha Care also built and opened Storgi a 60 bed facility at Lower Templestowe. Since 1995 Fronditha Care has provided home community care services, with approximately 125 persons receiving care in their own homes at any one time. There is a continuing education program for the community, with a radio show every week and regular talks to groups such as elderly citizens’ clubs. There are also five planned activity support groups and a host-home program supporting people in the community.

In 1998 a demographic and needs analysis study of Greek elders in Melbourne (funded by the Victorian Government) was completed for Fronditha by Dr Con Tsingas. This confirmed the belief that the greatest period of need for services lies in the next 20 – 30 years.

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In 2007 Fronditha Care entered into a partnership with the Hippocrates Aged Persons Association in Newcastle New South Wales to commence the building of a 66 bed aged care residential facility. Following the establishment of a 90 year lease arrangement and the successful completion of the building in January 2010 this new facility, officially named Hippocrates, was running at full-capacity servicing both the Greek and multicultural community of Newcastle.

In April 2013 Fronditha Care following on 18 million dollar investment, ‘officially’ opened its new 90 bed aged care residential facility in Thornbury offering expanded residential services to the community in the Northern Melbourne Metropolitan Region. Complemented by the total refurbishment of its existing 30 bed facility in Thornbury into a new Memory Support Unit, a total of 120 residential aged care beds have become available. In May 2013 the Board of Directors also approved the rebuilding and refurbishment of the very first facility at Clayton South, Steyi, Pronia, Galini, which will offer 150 new beds to the community when it is completed. This new $15 million dollar investment is testimony to Fronditha Care’s ongoing commitment to look after the needs of the elderly in the community.

The years of substantial growth had meant Fronditha Care has gone from a committee of volunteers to a major community based not-for-profit company with sizeable assets totalling $55 million dollars. It is a significant employer and recognized expert in aged care. There has been a stable group of directors and senior executive staff, providing continuity of policy and planning. Sound financial management and support from the community has left Fronditha Care with a strong asset base and the potential from which to launch the next era of growth.

Fronditha Care’s success as a not-for-profit community based organisation can be attributed to a number of factors:

• Sound governance with a clear, unequivocal commitment to the organisation’s objectives by the Board and staff;

• Strategic planning and project implementation;

• Transparency in decision making and financial accountability;

• Continuity in key personnel, including board members and executive staff;

• Independence of personal interest.; and

• Strong support from Fronditha Care’s members and volunteers.

Fronditha Care enjoys a high level of credibility and standing within the Greek community and aged care sector generally.