Mater Group was formed in 2016 by aligning Mater Health, Mater Education, Mater Research and Mater Foundation under a single, unified banner. Mater provides care for some 500,000 patients each year. Mater was established in 1906 by the Sisters of Mercy. In 2002, Mater became an incorporated body, charged with the responsibility to continue the Mission of the Sisters of Mercy to "offer compassionate service to the sick and needy".

Mater Group
Founded2016; 7 years ago (2016)
HeadquartersBrisbane, Australia


Aubigny, at North Quay, Brisbane, 1897, before it was used as the first Mater Hospital

In 1906, the Sisters of Mercy opened the first Mater Hospital in a private house, "Aubigny", at North Quay. The house was converted into a 20-bed private hospital.[1][2] In 1911, the funds generated by the first Mater Private Hospital, and its successor at South Brisbane, allowed the Sisters of Mercy to open a free public hospital for the city of Brisbane.

In 1919, Queensland's first hospital laboratory was established at the Mater.

In 1928, the Mater Public Hospital installed Queensland's first deep X-ray therapy machine to treat cancer patients.

In 1931, Mater opened the 80 bed Mater Children's Hospital, the first Children's Hospital south of the Brisbane river,[3] treating over 8,266 patients in its first year of operation.

In 1953, eastern Australia's first ‘Eye bank’ opened at the Mater.[4]

In 1954, Mater established Queensland's first Neurological Department.

In 1960, the Mater Mothers' Hospital was officially opened, accommodating for 140 mothers.

In 1967 blood transfusions were performed on a baby in utero for the first time in Queensland.

In 1987 Mater Children's Hospital established Queensland's first paediatric sleep unit.

In 1988 the Brisbane Mater Health Service was the official health provider for Brisbane's Expo 88.[5]

In 1989 the Mater Private Priority Emergency Centre was opened – the first in any Queensland hospital.

In 1998, the Mater Children's Private Hospital opens becoming Australia's first private paediatric facility.

On 14 April 1999, the Mater Private Hospital in Gladstone officially opened.[6]

In 2000, Mater Private Hospital – Redland is officially opened.

In 2006, Mater Health Services becomes the first institution to win a Queensland Greats award.[7]

In 2008, the new Mater Mothers' Hospitals opened on the South Brisbane campus.

In 2010, Mater Private Hospital Brisbane has become the first private hospital in Queensland to launch an automatic notification system for tissue donation.[8][9]

In 2014, Mater Children's Hospital closed after 83 years service, replaced by the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.[10] Mater Children's Private Brisbane is still operational.

Aerial photograph of a portion of the Mater Group campus at South Brisbane in 2004.

In mid-2014, Mater Health Services joined with 7 other organisations to form the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, with the aim to work collaboratively to improve health outcomes through the integration of research, education and clinical delivery.

In mid-2015, Mater Centre for Neurosciences opened

In October 2015, Mater Private Hospital Springfield opened[11]

In July 2015, a truck collided with the overhead footbridge attached to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane which crosses Raymond Terrace, causing damages costing $170,000.[12] Mater Group attempted to sue the truck driver and his employer but the claim was dismissed with a subsequent appeal also dismissed.[12]

In 2015, the 18-bed Mater Hospital in Yeppoon was closed due to not being financially viable, with the opening of the new Capricorn Coast Hospital, the close proximity of the Rockhampton Hospital and low patient numbers named as contributing factors.[13][14]

In 2020, the 33-bed Mater Private Hospital in Gladstone was closed due to no longer being viable. It had operated for 21 years, closing departments from 2018 until final closure in 2020.[15][16] After it was listed for sale in 2019, it was purchased by Queensland Health in 2020 and incorporated into the existing public health facilities.[17][18]

Private hospitalsEdit

Mater Private Hospital in Rockhampton, 2022
  • Mater Children's Private Brisbane
  • Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane
  • Mater Private Hospital Brisbane
  • Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg
  • Mater Private Hospital Redland
  • Mater Private Hospital Rockhampton
  • Mater Private Hospital Springfield
  • Mater Private Hospital Mackay
  • Mater Private Hospital Townsville

Public hospitalsEdit

  • Mater Hospital Brisbane (formerly Mater Adult Hospital)
  • Mater Children's Hospital (closed 29 November 2014)
  • Mater Mothers' Hospital

Recently, mater public hospitals has seen some publicity for applying catholic code of conduct to public patients in a public hospital. in particular around the use of reproductive heath technologies.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The State Library of Queensland virtual exhibition item: "Aubigny," Brisbane". 31 March 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  2. ^ " Mater Health Services". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Hospital for Children: New Mater institution; blessing by Archbishop". Brisbane Telegraph. 9 May 1931. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Eye bank opening". The Courier-Mail. 25 April 1953. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  5. ^ WORLD EXPO 88 - THE OFFICIAL SOURVENIR PROGRAM. Sydney: Australian Consolidated Press. 1988.
  6. ^ Markzita (1 May 2019). "Mater Hospital celebrates 20-year foundation anniversary". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  7. ^ "2006 Queensland Greats recipients". Queensland Greats Awards. Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 11 July 2022. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Queensland Greats Awards winners". Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  9. ^ "The Courier Mail article: They make state great". 31 May 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2008.[dead link]
  10. ^ Brennan, Rose (28 November 2014). "Parents warned of hospital closures as Lady Cilento Children's Hospital opens". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Mater Private Hospital – Springfield". Esco Industries. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b Crockford, Toby (19 July 2021). "Mater Hospital loses legal battle after truck crashes into footbridge". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Yeppoon's Mater Hospital closing after 17 years of operation". The Morning Bulletin. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Yeppoon Mater only had three or four patients at times". The Morning Bulletin. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Mater Private Hospital Gladstone". Archived from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  16. ^ Stevens, Rodney (15 September 2020). "Mater services to cease for a month". Townsville Bulletin. Archived from the original on 11 July 2022. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  17. ^ Stevens, Rodney (15 August 2020). "Mater explains its regretful Gladstone sale". The Observer. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  18. ^ Semmler, Erin (14 September 2020). "Hopes Queensland Health's purchase of Gladstone's private hospital will be a turning point". ABC News. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  19. ^ "In good faith". Brisbane: ABC. 2022.

Further readingEdit

  • Gregory, Helen (2015), For God and the sick : Mercy Health and Aged Care services Central Queensland 1915 - 2015, Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australian and Papua New Guinea, Rockhampton, Queensland, ISBN 978-0-646-94185-1

External linksEdit

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