About Us


To re-establish death as a natural transition of life, supported by community in non-clinical environments.


To provide compassionate, community driven support of high quality to people with life limiting illness and their families through education, respite care, outreach services and advocacy.

Model of Care

Rosehaven is a five-bedroom home in a tranquil garden setting offering nonclinical respite and end of life support for people in the Mansfield district and their families.

Our services include Short Term Respite, End of Life Care, Community Outreach, Equipment Loans, Grief and Bereavement Services, Death Literacy Education, Advance Care Planning and Advocacy.

We operate with a dedicated team of qualified staff and volunteers offering Palliative Care Victoria registered training on a regular basis.

Rosehaven is a not-for-profit charitable organisation with DGR status, reliant on donations, bequests, and philanthropic support.

The Rosehaven Hospice originated from several members of the community sharing a desire to create an option for community palliative care services outside of a hospital environment.

Modelled on similar palliative care hospices in Queensland and Southwest Victoria, we aim to build a community who cares for their dying in the most natural and home-like environment possible.

Our vision for Rosehaven Hospice is to provide as close to home care as we can in a relaxed, tranquil setting, so that people can approach end of life in a supported and peaceful way.

Our Staff

Hospice Manager

Bianca Hurle

Bianca has a lifelong interest in Palliative Care, beginning her nursing career at 17 at Dromana Nursing Home before moving to Mansfield District Hospital and Buckland House. She has also worked as Regional Assessment Officer for Mansfield Shire Council, Safe Patient Handling Co-ordinator at Mansfield Hospital, and taught First Aid and Aged Care units at MACE.
Bianca has been involved with Rosehaven since its initial stages on 2018 and is passionately committed to providing end-stage quality of life to the people of Mansfield and surrounds. She lives in Merton with her husband and four boys.

Community Liaison Officer

Toni Appleby

Toni has been a nurse for over 30 years, working with Juvenile Justice, adolescent health, mothers and babies, dementia assessment and acute psychiatry.
Toni has a special interest in Mental Health within the community. On top of her role as Community Liaison Officer for Rosehaven she works for GoTafe teaching nursing students and Mental Health First Aid.
She lives in Mansfield with her husband Paul and their four children who have all attended school locally and continue the family’s strong community focus.

Grief and Bereavement Support Co-ordinator

Alicia Follett

Alicia has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and is currently studying for her Masters, with a special interest in Grief and Bereavement Education and Support. She has lived in Sawmill Settlement for 18 years, aside from a six month stint in Canada, and has two children attending school locally. Alicia has a strong involvement in community groups and brings many skills to the Rosehaven team.

Garden and Maintenance

Chris Clarke

A qualified mechanical engineer with ten years in oil industry construction, Chris has also spent significant time vineyard management and 14 years with Parks Victoria. He and his wife, Liz, built their own home in Tolmie over 30 years ago and bring to Rosehaven an energy and passion for community that is reflected in both the care for garden surrounds and interior spaces.

Our Board

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