About St Vincent’s Hospital

Community support and generosity have been central to the story of St Vincent’s since our beginnings as a small cottage hospital in 1890s Fitzroy.

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is one of Australia’s most respected providers of public healthcare, with a reputation for care and innovation that is second to none. Our clinical education program is high achieving and award-winning, and our research program has a strong international reputation in translational research and biomedical engineering.

St Vincent’s Melbourne was founded in 1893 by the Sisters of Charity, who were pioneering and determined in their commitment to offering first-class healthcare to the community, especially the marginalised and disadvantaged. Each successive generation of clinicians and administrators has taken up the mantle, driving the growth of St Vincent’s into a premier tertiary academic health service.

St Vincent’s Melbourne provides a comprehensive suite of medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, allied health, specialist clinics, diagnostics, and community and outreach services. The quality of our specialist aged care, palliative care, mental health services, and correctional healthcare is widely recognised. We have three main campuses — St Vincent’s Hospital in Fitzroy, and St George’s Health Service and Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew — and offer services from another dozen sites across greater Melbourne.

While our primary catchment takes in four metropolitan municipalities, more than half our patients live beyond these borders, with 11 percent coming from rural and regional Victoria. We also deliver services in communities far beyond Melbourne, including mobile lithotripsy and dialysis satellite centres. Close to 50 percent of our patients come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. St Vincent’s has long been at the forefront of healthcare for Victoria’s Aboriginal community and is the state’s largest metropolitan provider for adults, delivering over 5,000 occasions of care yearly.

Some of our achievements:

  • Australia’s first Intensive Care Unit.
  • Australia’s first successful hand transplant.
  • World’s first implantable device to detect the onset of an epileptic episode.
  • World’s first 3D skeletal structure (Titanium heel).
  • The development of the bionic ear.
  • Winner of the first Victorian Clinical Training Award for education of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals (2014).
  • 99% patient satisfaction with St Vincent’s nursing staff (highest in Australia, 2014).
  • Highest medical graduate pass rate of all Australian Hospital (2014).
  • World first procedures: 3D printed skeletal structures (first Titanium heel).
  • Cardiology first – treating hypertension with high frequency radio waves.
  • Australia’s first bionic eye was implanted by research partner the Bionics Institute.
  • 2013 – a new research suite with 3D printers and equipment with the potential to create regenerative muscle, nerve (stem cells) and other tissues was opened – the first of its kind in an Australian hospital.
  • Australia’s first Nobel Prize winner (Sir John Eccles).
 

St Vincent's Foundation

St Vincent's Foundation was established in 1998 to initiate and coordinate fundraising activities for the support of the hospital and its related services.

The Foundation draws on the fantastic support of community, businesses and charitable trusts to raise funds for areas of need across St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Each year, individuals and organisations give donations, grants and bequests to St Vincent's for many reasons - in recognition of care they've received, in memoriam, or celebration, or in support of particular appeals, departments or areas of medical research. The Foundation provides information, guidance and reassurance that all these donations are received and distributed to the areas our donors nominate.

Find out more by visiting St Vincent's Foundation website.