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Respite Service

Since 1995, Mater Respite Services, in accordance with the Mission and philosophy of Mater Health and the Sisters of Mercy, has provided coordinated support to carer’s and carer recipients (clients).

The service aims to enhance the independence and well-being of both the carer and care recipient, enabling the carer to continue in their caring role and the care recipient to remain in their location of choice.

Mater Respite Services offer support to those over 65 years of age, or older, with a dementia diagnosis as well as a range of other medical conditions.

An initiative of the Australian Government, Mater Respite Service is funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program and is auspiced by Mater Health.

Our dedicated team, including a coordinator, support staff and volunteers, provide respite to carers and to care recipients through the following services and activities.

Services Provided include:

  • Diversional Therapy program
  • lunch, morning and afternoon tea (special diets can be catered)
  • community access (see section below)
  • carer support group meetings
  • monthly newsletter and recreational calendar

Available activities include:

  • body balance and movement to music
  • board games, card games, table tennis and billiards
  • physical activities including, quoits, ball games, mini-golf
  • crafts, puzzles, memory games
  • manicure and foot spa
  • cooking
  • reminiscence therapy
  • quiet activities of reading and music
  • preparation support to Mater Childcare
  • regular attendance by a professional entertainer
  • special event days e.g. Melbourne Cup, Christmas 

Community Access

Eligible clients are able to access our monthly activities which take place in the community at a variety of venues including Wynnum, Lota and a range of different parks.

Mater Respite Services also offer monthly escorted visits to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) as well as to the Ladies and Men’s groups held at Bunnings.

Program hours

Centre-based respite (8 am to 4.30 pm) Monday to Friday

Extended hours from 7 am to 8 am and 4.30 pm to 6 pm

Transport is available within a 10 kilometres radius of Mater Respite Services based at South Brisbane, Monday to Friday from 8.30 am and from 2.30 pm.

Saturday program operates from 8.30 am to 4 pm with transport from 9 am in the morning and from 2.30 pm in the afternoon.  For further information about this service, please read our Saturday Service brochure.


Fees apply for all Community Access Programs and on a Saturday.  Other fees may be payable and will be discussed at the initial interview.


Referrals can be made via the MyAgedCare (MAC) portal or Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).  If you wish to access Mater Respite Services and are unable to access these portals, please contact the Mater Respite Coordinator on 07 3163 8692.


Mater Respite Service Coordinator

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4.30 pm

Phone: 07 3163 8692