Health and Community Services
Each day we seek to make positive difference in the lives of thousands of people through our individual ministries as well as in our hospitals, aged care facilities and community service organisations. Health and community services have always been an integral part of the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. In our earliest days it was carried out by the ‘walking nuns’, who visited, comforted, fed and nursed the poor in their own homes.
Today, with our female and male partners in Mercy, we are very privileged to care for people from a variety of backgrounds in all stages of their lives. The type of people we assist include families, children, those with disabilities, the elderly, women and victims of domestic violence, people who are homeless and people in goals and detention centres.
In all that we do we strive to meet the challenge laid down by our founder, Catherine McAuley who said that we can never say what we do ‘is enough’. Follow the links below to access to more information about some of our ministries.
Under the umbrella of McAuley Ministries, some of our Sisters and partners in Mercy provide a wide range of services in the spirit of the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy.
Mackillop Family Services
Mackillop Family Services is a cosponsored ministry that fosters hope, and promotes justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse.
McAuley Community Services for Women
McAuley Community Services for Women provides services for women and their children escaping family violence, and women who are homeless.
Mercy Connect delivers a range of services to people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, people with a psychiatric illness, homeless people and people with high support needs.
Mercy Health Australia
Mercy Health Australia delivers acute and sub acute hospital care, aged care, mental health, specialist women’s and babies’ health, early parenting education, palliative care, home and community care and health worker training and development.
Mercy Works is a cosponsored ministry working with some of the most challenged people in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Asia Pacific region.
Mercy Services Newcastle
Mercy Services Newcastle provides holistic and integrated care, within a community setting, to older people, people with disabilities, people affected by drug and alcohol abuse and people who are socially disadvantaged and their families.