Adolescent & Young Adult Hospice (AYAH)

The Manly Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) is specifically designed for adolescent and young adult patients between the ages of 16-30 years-old from across New South Wales and who are living with life-limiting conditions requiring short-term respite care, symptom management or end-of-life care. 

The AYAH is Australia's first dedicated service for young people with life-limiting illness, and also offers respite and support for the families of patients. 

Surrounded by national parkland, AYAH provides a welcoming environment with a holistic and flexible design to suit each individual. The facility has great access to outdoor areas and natural lighting, and is equipped with the latest digital technology for connecting with friends and family. 

The team at AYAH work closely with Bear Cottage, Manly’s renowned children’s hospice that is also unique to NSW, to assist families caring for young people as they transition into adulthood.

The NSW Government provides $2 million each year to contribute to the operating costs of this revolutionary facility to cater for older teens and young adults from across NSW who suffer a life-limiting illness.

The NSW Government also provides the land - on the former Manly Hospital site - and assistance from agencies and departments including Health, Health Infrastructure and Property NSW.

Construction of the Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) was completed in December of 2022, with the facility officially opening and welcoming its first patient in March of 2023. Through the committed and tireless work of staff, volunteers and all involved, the AYAH has since established itself as a vital service welcoming patients from all across the State.  

A trust fund has been established to receive donations. Donate online at or phone 9436 0610 during business hours.