Our Story

We have a proud history and tradition of providing quality care for all people, with a focus on health, aged and community care.

Established in 1994 by the Bishops of NSW and the ACT, our history and proud tradition of providing health, aged and community care began through the initiative of six religious groups, including:

  • The Sisters of Charity
  • The Sisters of St Joseph, NSW Province
  • The St John of God Brothers
  • The Little Company of Mary
  • The St John of God Sisters
  • The Sisters of Mercy, Singleton

Our first major work as an organisation was the development of a unique health service at Windsor, in partnership with NSW Health.

In those early days, our focus was on the provision of healthcare services, with the management of Lourdes Hospital, Dubbo and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bathurst and, for a short period, the Mater Misericordea Hospital, Newcastle.

From these beginnings, we were soon asked to respond to emerging needs in the provision of residential aged care, and in 1998, Catholic Healthcare acquired Bodington, a residential aged care service, from the Red Cross.

We then went on to partner with religious orders, parishes, dioceses, and community groups in the provision of aged care across metropolitan and regional NSW, developing and redeveloping a number of residential aged care services, with development and redevelopment projects continuing today and into the future.

In 2007, Catholic Healthcare took its first steps outside NSW, working with the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the Archdiocese of Brisbane at residential aged care services in Brisbane and Ipswich.

In 2012, a new service opened in Northbridge, Sydney and in 2014 a new retirement community was opened at Croydon. In 2017, we opened a brand new aged care service in Bathurst, and in 2018 we opened the new McQuoin Park, Wahroonga and Villa Maria Eastern Heights.

We now own or operate some 40 residential aged care services and 10 retirement living communities.

Since 1998, Catholic Healthcare has also been increasingly engaged in the care of people living in the community, providing services in the home to elderly, frail and disabled persons, and to persons with a mental illness.

Respite services for carers are also provided. Homelessness and the problems facing those living in severe domestic squalor have also been a recent focus for the organisation, which has led to transitional housing programmes.

In additional Catholic Healthcare established the first national conference on severe domestic squalor in 2009, which has been a great catalyst for promoting dialogue and sharing expertise among related service groups.

Having established a separate division to cater for the specific requirements of our community service clients, Catholic Healthcare’s Home and Community Services currently assists more than 4,200 people in NSW and SE QLD, and is constantly expanding.

Catholic Healthcare will continue to seek out and respond to new needs and challenges as they emerge, inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus.

Our Funding

We receive funding from the following Australian and NSW State Government Departments: Department of Health and Ageing; Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care; Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and NSW Health.

Our Responsibilities

We are regulated by Federal and State laws and are subject to the Code of Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church.

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