Our Heritage

St Vincent’s Health Australia

We are part of St Vincent's Health Australia – the nation's largest Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care provider. St Vincent’s Health Australia was established in 1857, following the opening of our first hospital in Sydney by the Sisters of Charity. The legacy entrusted to us by the Sisters of Charity continues to inspire our mission.


Sisters of Charity

Our story is part of a larger legacy that begins with one inspirational woman, Mother Mary Aikenhead. A woman who saw the plight of people who were poor and suffering. Through her great faith and trust in Divine Providence, she founded the Sisters of Charity to serve and bring hope to those most in need.

The Sisters of Charity are a religious congregation within the Catholic Church. They were founded in Ireland by Mary Aikenhead in 1815. Five Sisters travelled to Australia in 1838 and progressively established hospitals and schools to help those in need of care and education. St Vincent’s Health Australia has grown to encompass a diverse range of health services including acute medical and surgical services, emergency and critical care, aged and sub-acute care, diagnostics, mental health, correctional health, palliative care, residential care, research and education.

Collectively St Vincent’s Health Australia facilities deliver compassionate and high quality services that perpetuate the vision of our foundress, Mary Aikenhead.


St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

In 1998, the Sisters of Charity (now represented by St Vincent’s Health Australia) and the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters entered an agreement to build our hospital (then known as Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital). The build heralded a new era in the provision of private health services to Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Our first patient was admitted in July 2001.

In October 2018, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters transferred Mission and 100 percent ownership to St Vincent’s Health Australia, bringing to a close a very successful 17-year partnership. This change was a natural progression in the relationship between St Vincent’s Health Australia and the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters – enabling the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters to focus on marginalised communities nationally and abroad, and St Vincent’s Health Australia to continue delivering high quality services through innovative medical treatment and exceptional care.