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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.”

HeadquartersBrisbane, Queensland, Australia


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

The first Mater Hospital opened in a private house, "Aubigny", at North Quay in 1906. The house was converted into a 20-bed private hospital.[1] 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 1931, the Mater Children's Hospital was opened treating over 8,266 patients in its first year of operation. The Mater Mothers’ Hospital was officially opened in 1960 accommodating for 140 mothers.


  • In 1906 the Mater Hospital was established by the Sisters of Mercy.[2]
  • 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.
  • In 1954 Mater established Queensland's first Neurological Department.
  • Also in 1954, eastern Australia's first ‘Eye bank’ opened at the Mater.
  • 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 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.
  • In 2000, Mater Private Hospital – Redland is officially opened.
  • In 2006 Mater Health Services becomes the first institution to win a Queensland Greats award
  • 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.[3][4]
  • In 2014 Mater Children's Hospital closed after 83 years service. Mater Children's Private Brisbane is still operational.
Aerial photograph of a portion of the Mater Group campus at South Brisbane.
  • 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[5]

Private hospitalsEdit

  • Mater Children's Private Brisbane
  • Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane
  • Mater Private Hospital Brisbane
  • Mater Private Hospital Redland
  • Mater Private Hospital Springfield

Public hospitalsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The State Library of Queensland virtual exhibition item: "Aubigny," Brisbane". 31 March 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  2. ^ " Mater Health Services". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Queensland Greats Awards winners". Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  4. ^ "The Courier Mail article: They make state great". 31 May 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Mater Private Hospital – Springfield". Esco Industries. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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