Orbost Regional Health residential aged care development
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Orbost Regional Health residential aged care development

Location 104 Boundary Road, Orbost, Victoria, 3888, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $45.36 million to build a new residential aged care facility at Orbost Regional Health.

The new facility will replace Lochiel House and Waratah Lodge, delivering a bigger, better and safer home for residents and staff. Operated by Orbost Regional Health, the new residential aged care facility will provide an environment that is dementia-friendly, and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians.

Residents will have their own private, single bedrooms with ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy, person-centred care and independence. This includes utilising the concept of ‘small households’. Each household will have its own kitchen, dining, lounge and break-out sitting areas.

The project is part of the Victorian Government’s 'Rural and Regional Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy'.

This strategy will progressively transform existing or develop new purpose-built residential aged care facilities that better meet community expectations and promote residents' independence, dignity and mental health.

The Orbost Regional Health residential aged care development project will deliver:

  • single bedrooms with ensuites, open area views and natural light. These will be grouped into small households with kitchen and dining areas
  • features to support a range of complex care needs and mobility, including those living with dementia
  • landscaped sensory gardens and terraces, easily accessible from each household
  • flexible shared spaces and common areas for socialising and resident activities
  • pandemic design-response features to reduce the risk of infectious outbreaks.

The new residential aged care facility in Orbost aims to achieve the following benefits:

Specialist care

The new residential aged care facility will improve access to high quality facilities and care. It will meet a range of complex needs so residents can age in place as their health needs increase. Residents with dementia will have a purpose-built facility relevant to their needs.

A home-like environment

Residents will have improved privacy and independence with single rooms and ensuites.

Person-centred care

Public aged care services play a vital role in supporting our most vulnerable older Victorians. They provide specialist care for residents with complex physical or mental health needs. With a focus on mobility and dementia-friendly design, this new and upgraded facility aims to deliver high-quality person-centred care and better support independence and mental health.

Connection to the natural environment

The facility’s design will allow residents to enjoy open area views and natural light from their bedrooms. Residents will have access to new outdoor spaces that promote physical and mental wellbeing as well as encourage increased social interaction.

Close to home

Greater access to high-quality care in Orbost means older people won’t have to move away to access residential aged care. Residents will be close to their support networks and will be able to maintain family and community connections.

Enhanced community connection

Multipurpose common areas will support residents to have meaningful engagement in activities and promote family and community connections.


The project is expected to create and sustain more than 135 construction jobs.

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • Orbost Regional Health
  • ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects
  • Introba Engineers
  • Johnstaff.
Orbost Regional Health residential aged care development
  • Location
  • 104 Boundary Road
    Orbost, Victoria, 3888, Australia

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Last updated: 03 May 2023