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Mater comprises a network of hospitals, health centres, a world-class medical research institute, a nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide Exceptional Care.

What makes us different

Our concerted pursuit of innovation—to discover, improve, adopt and adapt—differentiates Mater as a leader in the areas of health, education and research.

By integrating these fields into the delivery of exceptional healthcare services, Mater is committed to the development and maintenance of healthy communities. This aim is supported by Mater Foundation, who link community and philanthropic support to Mater Health, Mater Education and Mater Research.


Mater was founded in 1906 by the Sisters of Mercy, who opened a 20-bed private hospital in a former residential home in Brisbane’s North Quay. This was the first Mater Private Hospital, and the start of a tradition of care and compassion for the sick and needy.

Mater’s board of directors and staff have since upheld the philosophy and Mission of offering this care according to our core Values of Mercy, Dignity, Care, Commitment and Quality.

On 23 April 2013, Mater became a ministry of Mercy Partners, a Catholic Church entity established in 2008 following approval from the Vatican.

Through its collocation of private and public facilities, Mater is able to meet the needs of the community by reinvesting any revenue from the business back into the provision of health care services.

Mission and Values

Mater is dedicated to providing healthcare services through a sincere commitment to our core values of Mercy, Dignity, Care, Commitment and Quality.

A Catholic not-for-profit ministry, we are committed to an holistic approach to healthcare in response to ever-changing community needs. We continually strive to improve how we deliver patient care, keep our knowledge and skills relevant, advance our understanding of illness and health and manage resources effectively.

In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, Mater offers compassionate service to the sick and needy. Following the example of Christ the healer, we commit ourselves to offering these services without discrimination.

Our areas of focus

Mater provides exceptional care across a broad range of clinical areas with a strong focus on cancer and neurosciences, women’s health and newborn services, and the care of young adults and adolescents.

Our people

With 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 our community. We do this in the spirit and tradition of Mercy.