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Our heritage

St Vincent’s has been providing health care in Australia for more than 155 years since the first hospital was established in Sydney in 1857 by the Sisters of Charity. When the first five Sisters arrived in Australia in 1838 they carried with them the vision of their Founder, Mary Aikenhead to reach out to all in need of care, especially in the service of the poor. In a newly established colony, the challenges were many and varied. There was a great need among the community for the particular gifts of Mary Aikenhead’s Sisters – education, outreach and health care. This need was most keenly felt by those on the margins of the fledgling colony.

It is the legacy entrusted to us by the Sisters of Charity that continues to inspire St Vincent’s Health Australia to strengthen and grow our mission. Today, we conduct services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in public hospitals, private hospitals, and aged care facilities. We work with many of Australia’s premier research institutes and universities, and we work in partnership with other Congregations and health care providers. Our 18,400 staff provide more than 1 million episodes of care for patients and residents each year. We stand with and serve those who are living on the margins of our society.