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Melbourne Zen Hospice

The Melbourne Zen Hospice is a non-profit Buddhist organization dedicated to providing compassionate outreach support to Palliative Care patients, their carers, and family members across inner Melbourne.

Our service is free and available to Palliative Care patients of any age, gender, and religious affiliation, across the municipalities of Melbourne, Bayside, Boorondara, Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Stonnington, and Yarra.

Depending on individual needs, the Melbourne Zen Hospice Service provides practical home help, emotional and spiritual support, and a range of free Buddhist complementary therapies, including meditation, reiki, and acupuncture.

The Melbourne Zen Hospice program has been founded by Zen monk, Seikan Cech, who is happy to visit patients and sit with them, guide meditations, or just help with practical tasks like washing the dishes - "whatever that is appropriate and most useful here and now".

Patients and their carers usually arrange for Seikan or another trained volunteer to visit them regularly once or twice a week, which can also be used as periods of respite for carers.

New patient referrals are welcome from medical and community services, individual healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, and social workers, as well as directly from carers, family members, and from patients themselves.

Patients, carers, and healthcare workers who would like to make a referral, or find out more about Melbourne Zen Hospice, can do so either online at, or by writing to us at PO Box 329, Albert Park, Victoria 3206. Phone enquiries can be made to 9885 5725, or Seikan on 0410 827 027.

The Melbourne Zen Hospice is an endorsed Public Benevolent Institution and Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations  are appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and used to cover our operating expenses so that our services can remain free of charge. (ABN 40 599 795 690)

Address PO Box 329
Albert Park VIC 3206
Tel 03 9885 5725