What we do

About us

At Mater, we believe every woman, man and child who is sick or in need should have access to the best possible healthcare; every doctor, nurse and member of our community should have access to exceptional education; and every researcher can deliver world-class research that extends the boundaries of traditional healthcare.

Mater is an iconic Queensland institution, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1906 committed to providing exceptional care to everyone who passes through its doors. 

Today, Mater is a group of seven hospitals, a number of health centres, a world-class medical research institute, and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide exceptional care for everyone. Mater hospitals see more than 500 000 patients every year and are committed to developing, and maintaining, a healthy community.

Where Mater Foundation ties in

Mater Foundation is the community-based fundraising organisation that supports the work of Mater Health, Mater Education and Mater Research. We raise funds through a wide range of different programs to help support Mater’s provision of exceptional health care, education and investment in world-leading medical research.

If you have a desire to give, knowing that your gift will be well invested, we’re here to help you.

By supporting Mater you will be a part of helping some incredible world-leading research projects happening right now, including bringing the first potential prostate cancer vaccine in the world to a Phase 1 clinical trial in just three years’ time. Imagine that.

Or you can be part of the development of new health services for your community, including Queensland’s first Centre for Neurosciences, where intricate surgery is performed on epilepsy sufferers experiencing seizures up to 75 times a day—in some cases, reducing their seizures to zero.

Your gift can also be used to help fund important education projects at Mater for our doctors and nurses, ensuring some of the best in the world can be trained, and practice in their field, at Mater.

However you choose to support Mater, you’ll be investing in a better Queensland. Visit our donation page to support Mater with a donation today.

Mater Foundation exists solely to help Mater extend the boundaries of healthcare, education and research in our community.

Nigel Harris, Mater Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.

Our vision

We aspire to be a leading health-based fundraising organisation, trusted by our community and renowned for investing in a future of exceptional health, education and medical research.

Our mission

We support compassionate healthcare for our community by promoting and funding the prevention and control of disease in people of all ages.