July, 1894 in Bowden, South Australia
Meanwhile in Western Australia
1944 - 2003
Growth during war time
The shadow of war was long in the years between 1914 and 1945. At home, the crisis of disease, illness and poverty was still very real to ordinary Australians. During this time, our organisation grew in size and sophistication to meet the needs of those who relied on us.
Domestic help in the home
Our domestic service began in 1961 in Western Australia with one employee. This service has since expanded, helping many people maintain independence and enjoy a better quality of life in their own homes.
In 1982 the WA Government funded Silver Chain’s first hospice and palliative care pilot, launched in response to research conducted by Silver Chain in 1981.
Expanding services across the country
2010 – Queensland
In 2010, Silver Chain Home and Healthcare services commenced in Queensland, providing the vital Home Hospital program, providing hospital-level care in our clients homes.
2012 – New South Wales
In 2012 we launched our first service in NSW: the Community Packages Program (ComPacks). The program supports people with their discharge to home from participating NSW public hospitals and reduces avoidable hospital readmissions.
2016 – Victoria
And in 2016, we launched our first services in Victoria, through Western HealthLinks to help clients with chronic and complex conditions manage them more effectively from the comfort of their own home.