About us

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. Bringing the healing ministry of Christ to all it serves, the Mater cares for the sick regardless of race, colour or creed. Most agree that there is something special about the Mater and the care it provides.

Today the Mater Hospital is part of St Vincent’s Health Australia, one of Australia’s leading Catholic not-for-profit healthcare providers.

Core Specialties

The Mater Hospital is a leading private hospital. Among the various speciality units in the 233-bed hospital are intensive care, orthopaedic and rehabilitation wards and a large maternity unit. Core specialities include obstetrics; orthopaedics including hip and knee joint replacements, bone and sports injuries; heart, lung and vascular medicine; cancer care and surgery; ear, nose and throat surgery; urology; endocrine surgery and neurosurgery.

Only Australian Hospital Member of the International Society of Orthopaedic Centres

Mater Hospital Sydney is the only Australian Hospital to be accepted as a member of the International Society of Orthopaedic Centres. Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine is one of the major clinical programs at the Mater with over 8,700 orthopaedic procedures performed over the past year (including over 2,200 joint replacement procedures). The Mater Department of Orthopaedic Surgery features 55 accredited Orthopaedic Surgeons, a number of whom conduct a significant amount of research (in 2014, over 30 articles were published in Peer Review Journals). Committed to clinical research, education and training, the Mater functions as an academic centre with a full time Orthopaedic Registrar, up to 8 Orthopaedic Fellows in advanced training and an Orthopaedic Intern. The Mater also conducts education for medical students in Orthopaedics and General Surgery.

Allied Health Services

Allied health services at the Mater include physiotherapy, pathology, radiology, pharmacy, nutritional services, medical imaging, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology.

Research & Education

In fostering a culture of excellence the Mater Hospital is a centre for education and research. Continually pushing the boundaries of healthcare and improving patient outcomes we conduct a wide range of research projects, particularly in the areas of cancer and orthopaedics.

Committed to the ongoing training and development of healthcare professionals, within a values based organisation, the Mater  maintains close affiliations with the University of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame as well as several other tertiary institutions for medical, nursing and allied health education.

The work of the Mater is supported by donations from individuals, community groups and organisations such as The Friends of the Mater Foundation and The Mater Lives Committee. This assistance not only provides modern clinical environments and state-of-the-art medical equipment, it also helps the Mater attract and retain some of the country's best healthcare professionals.

Mission & Values  

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

But what makes the Mater truly special is our uniquely compassionate and caring culture that gives individual attention to patients' needs for healing mind, body and spirit.