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Mater Hospital and Mary’s House partnership

(Photo: Liz Mackinlay and Carmel Shaw)

The Mater Hospital, a facility of St. Vincent’s Health Australia is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with Mary’s House, a refuge for women and children in crisis due to domestic violence.

Mission Integration Manager from the Mater Hospital, Carmel Shaw, said the partnership supports the Mater Hospital’s mission and commitment to people who are poor and vulnerable.

‘We are very pleased to be providing financial support to Mary’s House,’ Ms Shaw said. “The Mater and St. Vincent’s Health Australia is committed to supporting the poor and vulnerable in our community and our partnership with Mary’s House is closely aligned to our mission of bringing God’s love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus.”

Mary’s House will assist with housing, health and legal care and job assistance if required.

Right across Australia there is a desperate need for crisis accommodation, and the Lower North Shore is no exception.

‘We know that domestic violence does not discriminate by postcode,’ Board director of Mary’s House, Roger Williams said.

‘At least one in every two women seeking a bed is being turned away from existing services on any given day. Mary’s House is a local initiative to a national problem. We aim to provide a safe refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence to lead full and active lives.’

Mary’s House is on track to open in October 2016 and will cater for up to 19 women and their children.

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Shared mission to respond to community need:

>     St Vincent’s Health Aust. is committed to being part of the challenge to end violence against women.

>     Mary’s House is on the doorstep of the Mater Hospital, a Catholic, not-for-profit, private hospital, a facility of St. Vincent’s Health Australia.

>     The Mater’s mission is to bring God’s love to those in need, especially the poor and vulnerable. Mary’s House is aligned to this mission.

>     The Mater and Mary’s House are initiated in the footsteps of pioneering women… who set up schools, hospitals and welfare.

>     By careful stewardship of resources, the Mater is able to generate funds that can be re-invested into the hospital and meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the community.

>     The Mater’s financial contribution to Mary’s House will cover a significant portion of the annual operating expenses (estimated at more than $300,000.)


Facts about the Mater: 

>     The Mater is truly special due to a uniquely compassionate and caring culture that gives individual attention to patients' needs for healing mind, body and spirit.

>     In the long term Mater will look at getting involved in other tangible ways i.e. provision of some health services.

>     In line with the mission and values of the Sisters of Charity, the Mater is involved in several community programs to help the disadvantaged.

>     Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1906 the Mater has evolved from a small cottage hospital, caring for women and children, to a world class facility.


Facts about Mary’s House:

>     Women will require stays of approximately three months until they are able to stand on their feet.

>     Mary’s House will be providing an integrated approach to the guests’ health, legal, financial, housing and employment needs.

>     An initiative of the Jesuit Parish in North Sydney, Mary’s House is a non-denominational initiative serving women and children of all faiths and none.

>     Minimal government funding ($20K) has been provided to date.

>     Renovations have been undertaken to improve accessibility, security, provide a new kitchen and bathroom.

Heads of the Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Mercy  

Congregational leaders of the Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Mercy,
Sr Clare Nolan and Sr Loreto Conroy


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