Mater Misericordiae comprises several hospitals, health centres, a world-class research institute and pathology and pharmacy businesses – all with one aim – to provide Exceptional Care. With more than 7500 exceptional staff and volunteers, a commitment to clinical care, research and education, Mater is able to offer a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of the community.
History of the ministry
On 4 January 1906 the Sisters of Mercy officially opened Mater’s first hospital, a small 20 bed private hospital, referred to as ‘Aubigny’, in Brisbane’s North Quay. ‘Aubigny’ was a temporary facility until the Sisters of Mercy could raise enough money to build a hospital at the South Brisbane ‘Mater Hill’ site. Mater Private Hospital at South Brisbane, named ‘Aubigny Place’ after the first hospital at North Quay, was opened in 1910.
More than a hundred years later, Mater’s bustling network of hospitals and supporting healthcare services extend beyond ‘Mater Hill’ to the wider Brisbane community, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year.
The ministry today
Mater provides exceptional care across a broad range of clinical areas with a strong focus on cancer, neurosciences, women’s health and newborn services and the care of young adults and adolescents.
The ministry, underpinned by Mater Foundation has a strong network of outreach services, including Indigenous and refugee health, and child and youth mental health services. It also includes Mater Research which opened in 1998 and since then has experienced significant growth, creating an internationally competitive institute with many original programs attracting top scientists from around the globe.
The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation transferred canonical governance of the ministry to Mercy Partners in April 2013.