We are an iconic provider of hospital-based healthcare, striving to deliver an exceptional standard of care
We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
We are a nationally accredited, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation - the only one of its kind in Queensland
We are part of a collaborative research institute with The University of Queensland and founding partner of the Translational Research Institute
Here at Mater, we are determined to make change as we embark on our reconciliation journey. Mater’s Mission is to serve together to bring God’s mercy to communities through compassionate, transforming, healing ministries. That Mission must encompass reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In co-operation with Reconciliation Australia, Mater has developed its first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan – or RAP.
Our Reflect RAP requires us to:
Our RAP Steering Committee is co-chaired by our CEO Dr Peter Steer and Adrian Carson, CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.
Our RAP will focus on:
View our Reconciliation Action Plan
Mater’s reconciliation artwork – The Heart to Heal, the Strength to Grow is a beautiful and breath-taking work of art created by, David Williams of Gilimbaa.
That artwork is much more than a two-dimensional image. It is multi-layered and has many meanings. It maps Mater’s own journey of reconciliation – across our four ministries of health, foundation, education and research. It recognises Mater’s Mission and values and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people’s knowledge, customs, lore and culture.
It reminds all Mater People that Reconciliation must be central to everything we do. Mater’s Reconciliation journey will take time … but thanks to David and our RAP Steering Committee, we made our first step.
Some recent examples of commitment:
The artwork, created by Wakka Wakka artist David Williams, is a visual narrative of Mater’s century-long service in delivering healthcare, education, research, and foundation services — as well as its commitment to achieving reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous Australians.
On Monday 30 May 2022, Mater unvelied our official First Nations artwork.
The event was attended by Traditional Owners from accross Queensland where Mater operates facilities. The artwork will form a central element of Mater’s Reconciliation Action Plan and symbolises Mater’s commitment to providing culturally safe healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For the first time hundreds of newborns born at Mater hospitals across Queensland, like tiny identical twin sisters Emma and Sophia, will be gifted specially designed ...
From learning how to perform CPR to removing surgical staples, North Queensland Indigenous students have been given a glimpse of the healthcare opportunities ...
Renowned artist Gail Mabo has unveiled a 6m high artwork on the façade of Mater Private Hospital Townsville’s new six-storey car park, during NAIDOC Week celebrations.
A desire to improve healthcare for Aboriginal people in North Queensland inspired Keenan Wynn to trek more than 1,000 km from his home on the Sunshine Coast to study ...