Our history

We have a long history of care and supporting people in need

A photograph of HammondCare Australia Pioneer, Anglican Archdeacon Bob Hammond with children

Beginnings during the Great Depression

Hammond’s Pioneer Homes (now known as HammondCare) was established in 1932 by Anglican Archdeacon RBS Hammond in response to the eviction of inner-city, rent-paying families in Sydney during the depression. These families were provided with homes through a rent-purchase program on land now known as Hammondville, near Liverpool in NSW.

“Bob Hammond did not wait for the government to act; he did not wait for others to provide financial support. Instead, he cashed in his own life assurance policy to buy the land . . .”

Archdeacon RBS Hammond was a man of great courage, vision and Christian faith. It was Hammond’s vision and leadership which established the organisation at the cutting edge of meeting community need, and these homes later became HammondCare Hammondville.

From housing to aged care

By 1940, Hammondville had been established with more than 110 homes, a school, a general store, post office and church. In the late 1940s, having achieved its original goals, Hammond’s Pioneer Homes identified another pressing need: the plight of the disadvantaged elderly whose only means of income was the social service pension.

In response to this need, Hammond’s Pioneer Homes established one of the first integrated aged care facilities in Australia, Hammondville Homes for Senior Citizens. This comprised of self-care units, a care home and hostel accommodation for financially disadvantaged elderly people.

A woman living with dementia sits and talks with her carer outside

Dementia: A new challenge for the 21st century

The 1990s saw HammondCare moving away from largely being a residential care provider to an organisation leading the way in community and residential care and services, with a focus on dementia care. The provision of quality aged care is of great importance. By the year 2031, 20% of Australia’s population will be over 65 years.

HammondCare has also expanded to the areas of research, promoting positive ageing in the community, and the provision of professional advice and expertise to other aged care providers, government and international aged care organisations through the Dementia Centre.

New directions: Expansion into palliative care, rehabilitation and older persons mental health

In 2008, HammondCare strengthened its expertise and capacity in sub-acute disciplines - palliative care, rehabilitation, older persons’ mental health and pain management - by acquiring Hope Healthcare, a network of hospitals and related health services.

With the acquisition of Neringah Hospital at Wahroonga, Greenwich Hospital at Greenwich, Braeside Hospital at Fairfield, and the Northern Beaches Palliative Care services at Mona Vale, this expansion has broadened HammondCare’s capacity and developed valuable synergies with our existing dementia and aged care services, including our wide range of home care services across Sydney.