We have a reputation for cultural-diversity and providing great, personalised care. Boyne Russell House is fully staffed by registered and enrolled nurses.

Volunteer with resident at Boyne Russell House
Bev, a resident, with volunteer Melissa in the Boyne Russell House gardens

A place where you feel at home

Boyne Russell House, part of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (ABN 73 802 706 972), is home to 30 residents with a choice of 14 single rooms and eight double shared rooms within a secure facility.

Boyne Russell House is nestled in Brunswick close to the cafe culture off Lygon Street. Where possible, residents and their family members are encouraged to explore our local neighbourhood.

Boyne Russell House has plenty of shared spaces for activities and meals. Indoors, residents can spend time in the lounges, sitting and dining room, or enjoy the privacy of their own room. For some fresh air and sunshine, residents can choose between courtyards and gardens.

Residents gardening at Boyne Russell House
Residents and staff doing crafts at Boyne Russell House
Staff and residents around arts and crafts table at Boyne Russell House
Twin room accommodation at Boyne Russell House
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Our care

Our qualified team of nurses and multidisciplinary team members are accredited to provide all levels of residential aged care - from low to high care needs - as well as end-of-life (palliative) care. We pride ourselves on working with residents and their family members and engaging with each resident's individual needs so we can tailor our care accordingly.

Boyne Russell House has laundry facilities on site for personal clothing and items. Families may wish to launder delicate items and woollens themselves.

A hairdresser visits Boyne Russell House every Tuesday. This is an additional cost paid by the resident. We have doctors who visit Boyne Russell House every week, or sooner, if required.

We use a local pharmacy who deliver individual residents medication packs on a weekly basis and who reconcile prescribed medication(s) with medication charts fortnightly. Allied health services include physiotherapy, podiatry and optometry. Those services are arranged by residents at their additional expense.

Nursing care

Our qualified and experienced nursing staff provide the highest quality of nursing-led care, with registered nurses on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Team members are assigned to a specific group of residents to enable continuity of care and represent a constant, familiar presence in our residents’ lives. Many of our nurses speak languages other than English, which is appreciated by those residents where English is their second language.


At Boyne Russell House, we are currently developing new gardens to meet the needs of our residents and their families. We are also exploring opportunities to introduce pet therapy into Boyne Russell House.


In addition to a committed volunteer team, we have a range of diversional therapy activities available for our residents including drawing, current affairs, artwork, craft, cooking, exercise groups, movie days and gardening. Our diversional therapist also facilitates monthly dinner outings, weekly morning tea outings, movie and pizza nights and a variety of cultural events.

We are keen to work with our residents to understand their individual preferences and hobbies to try and continue activities long established before moving into Boyne Russell House. We recognise and appreciate such a move can be very unsettling for both our residents and their families and we aim to make this transition as comfortable as possible.

Menus and nutrition

Fresh meals, including morning and afternoon tea are planned in consultation with a specialist dietitian. We offer multiple options at every meal, with regular menu rotations. Most dietary requirements can be catered for (such as diabetic-friendly or gluten-free alternatives).

Fees and payment options

The cost of residential aged care comprises many parts. Depending on your situation, you may be asked to pay one or more of the following costs.

A basic daily fee

This covers living costs such as meals, power and laundry. For some residents, this will be the only fee they need to pay.

A means-tested care fee

This is a means-tested fee that is payable by some residents. It’s an additional contribution paid by residents to the cost of the care they receive in a residential aged care home.

Although this fee is collected by the aged care home, it is paid to the government as a contribution towards the care received by the resident.

An accommodation payment

This is the cost of accommodation, including the services described in the residential care agreement. For some residents, this cost is met in full, or in part by the government (based on an assessment of your income and assets).

Keeping residents safe and connected

Keeping residents safe and connected is a priority:

  • We request all visitors and staff show evidence of influenza vaccination. All of our staff have already been vaccinated.
  • We did not lock our facilities down through COVID-19. Although all visitors were and continue to be screened before entry and we are vigilant with hand hygiene and social distancing
  • We review our visiting hours regularly to eliminate crowding

Contact us

Contact us for more information or to arrange a tour. We are always pleased to show people around Boyne Russell House and to meet our friendly staff.

We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to residents living at Boyne Russell including meeting their individual needs.

We are currently exploring respite care needs at Boyne Russell.

Make an enquiry or download our brochure.


Our brochure includes an expression of interest form that you can complete and return to us.

Boyne Russell House, Brunswick (1.7MB - pdf document)
Contact us
Boyne Russell House
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
(03) 9381 1902
Boyne Russell House
184 Victoria St, Brunswick, Victoria
Last updated 17 October 2022