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Australian Unity officially opens Campbell Place Residential Community in Glen Waverley

03 May 2017

The new community has been named in Mr Campbell’s honour. Mr Campbell was a long-serving Chief Executive of Manchester Unity (which merged with the ANA in 1993 to form Australian Unity), and has dedicated 50 years of his working life to the organisation.

With the brand new community reflecting Australian Unity’s approach to redefining retirement communities and aged care, Campbell Place offers a co-located site incorporating the best of independent and assisted living. Incorporating a new gym, library, hair and beauty salon, landscaped gardens and communal spaces, residents of Campbell Place can experience a modern and convenient lifestyle in the heart of Glen Waverley, says Mr Derek McMillan, Independent & Assisted Living Chief Executive Officer at Australian Unity.

“Residents calling Campbell Place home can enjoy the backdrop of contemporary living made even better by the community facilities. The location is also an obvious drawcard with the Glen Waverley train station located directly opposite the community and a range of amenities and facilities close by including Kingsway’s shopping and entertainment precinct and The Glen Shopping Centre” McMillan said.

Campbell Place is built on the site of the former Wahroonga Friendship Village that was built in 1962 and Australian Unity is proud to continue the legacy of care in the local community for over 50 years.

“What we have today at Campbell Place is Australian Unity’s response to the world we are entering, where the old-fashioned concept of a nursing home is gradually being replaced by new types of accommodation and new models of care, leading to more diverse service offerings by providers and better outcomes for seniors. Campbell Place is a high quality retirement community, nestled around a sophisticated aged care residence. This co-location potentially makes it easier for couples to stay together, whatever their care needs and that additional services are available as and when required,” Mr McMillan said.

Commission Mansour said: “In my experience this new community does not just meet Australian benchmarks but international benchmarks too. I believe Australian Unity understand what older Australians are looking for—they want to be connected to the community around them and have control and be as independent as possible and they do that perfectly here at Campbell Place.”

The purpose built Campbell Place Residential Community offers 54 boutique retirement apartments and 102 aged care beds.

To tour the Campbell Place Residential Community, phone 1300 160 170.

Further information:

Andy Maxey, External Communications Adviser
Telephone: 0428 466 292

About Australian Unity

Australian Unity is a national health, wealth and living mutual company providing services to almost one million Australians, including 300,000 members. Australian Unity’s history as a trusted mutual organisation dates back to 1840. It has grown organically—by continually evolving to provide the services and products needed by the communities it serves—as well as through successful strategic mergers and diversification in to new business activities.

About Murray Campbell

Murray William Campbell was appointed Head Office Accountant to the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows in Victoria during 1965 and was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Executive in 1969. In 1972, he was elected unopposed to the position of Executive Director/ Chief Executive, whilst also having the title “Grand Secretary” which attaches the the Chief Executive of a Manchester Unity organisation with a Fraternal Lodge system.

During his term as Chief Executive, Mr Campbell was responsible for the merger with the Total Care Friendly Society into the Manchester Unity umbrella and later engineered the successful merger with the Australian Natives Association to form the Australian Unity Friendly Society, assuming the role of Joint Managing Director. He retired from this management position in 1995, but continued as a Director and Deputy Chairman of Australian Unity.

About Commissioner Gerard Mansour

Gerard Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people. With over 25 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sectors, Mr Mansour contributed significantly to industry capacity building, policy development and enhancement of services for older Australians.

In 2012, Mr Mansour became the inaugural national CEO of Leading Age Services Australia, the peak national body representing the aged and community care industry across Australia.

Prior to this, Mr Mansour was the CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria for six years. Mr Mansour says a priority is the focus on quality of life, workforce participation and access to services for senior Victorians. This means maximising opportunities for all, including those who are marginalised or disadvantaged.

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