Yooralla's Ventilator Accommodation Support Service

Yooralla offers specialist accommodation in Thornbury Support Service for people who require mechanical ventilation for support. Located in the inner-north suburb of Thornbury, Yooralla’s Ventilator Accommodation Support Service (VASS) provides comfortable accommodation with a focus on supporting individual lifestyle choices.

About the home

This purpose built accommodation is the only ventilator assisted accommodation of its kind in Australia. The residential modern brick veneer accommodation consists of three houses, each with five bedrooms. Each bedroom is spacious, has an ensuite, and is fitted with individual heating, cooling and televisions. There is a shared living, dining, kitchen and laundry in each house. As part of the service there is garden area for residents to grow their own produce as well as a BBQ area. There is also a house for people requiring respite accommodation at the site.

Highly skilled staff are on site 24-hours a day, including two Registered Nurses and a Nurse Educator to ensure staff are trained in latest ventilator supports. Within each house, there is a staff to resident ratio of 1:2 during the day. Overnight each house has an active staff member. An additional staff member is also on duty to provide support with manual handling across all houses during the night.

Location and proximity to amenities

VASS is located conveniently close to local shops, restaurants, entertainment and public transport. Situated next to the Darebin Creek trail, it is also near sporting grounds, lawn bowls club and parks. The site is also only 10 mins drive from Austin Hospital, which specialises in supporting people with complex ventilation needs.


The residential accommodation is supported by an uninterruptible power supply, with medical-grade back-up generators that protect ventilator systems from power failures. The site is fully accessible and designed for wheelchair access. There are hoists in all bedrooms and bathrooms. The site also includes the latest in smart technology alarm systems enabling staff to promptly respond to residents’ needs.

Current tenant mix

Men and women aged from 20 to over 65 reside at the accommodation. Some of the residents enjoy going out together for group outings while others enjoy engaging with the community independently.


Download: Yooralla's Ventilator Accommodation Support Service in Thornbury 927kb VASS_vacancy_brochure_v2_281019.pdf

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