Recognising this need, Mr Philip John Pusey opened a mental health hostel in Victoria Park in 1982. This was a success and with increased demand, Mr Pusey bought another property in Guildford and developed this into a large mental health facility providing accommodation services for up to 46 people. The new hostel opened in 1987, and was named St Jude’s Hostel by Mr Pusey. Over the years he added additional accommodation options for people requiring supported accommodation. Since the early 1990s a number of new providers, including not-for-profit organisations, commenced supporting people with mental health issues.
In 1996, Mr Pusey recognised the need for a dementia-specific aged care facility. He built a purpose-designed aged care facility to provide a secure, but home-like environment for people with dementia, known as “Guildford Village.” Over the years, this has been a home for hundreds of senior citizens in our community.
In 2010, while demand for hostels continued to grow, the potential of semi-supported small group accommodation options was explored. In the 1980s large hostel accommodation was one of the only options available, however, living in the hostel became a lifelong scenario for many people. The opening of small semi-supported accommodation units enabled many people to focus on recovery and capacity building.
In 2015, St Jude’s sought additional supported accommodation for people with disabilities and psychosocial needs. This new accommodation option extends to both long-term and short-term (respite) needs. We now operate over 70 supported accommodation outlets across the North, South and East metropolitan areas and the South West Region of WA.
In 2017, we opened a community learning centre in Bellevue aimed at capacity building, skills development and recreational use. This centre allows us to provide a range of activities such as cooking and arts and crafts sessions, as well as a gymnasium, a Men’s Shed, a sensory room and a library.
In 2018, St Jude’s Home Care Services began to support people in living independently in their own homes, using home care packages. A wide range of support services, including respite care are available. We also introduced support services for therapy and support coordination using the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In addition, supported holiday accommodation commenced in Bunbury for people with disabilities to experience a touch of luxury. St Jude’s services continue to expand to regional areas of Western Australia.