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Order of Malta Australia


100,000th birth at Holy Family Hospital


One of the Order of Malta’s most famous institution, The Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, just passed an important milestone – the birth of the 100,000th child since the Order has been managing the health facility. On Epiphany Day, baby girl Muhamad was delivered into the embrace of her parents.

Since 1990, more than 4,600 children have been born here every year, assisted by a staff of 200 including doctors, nurses and midwives. The hospital, located a few steps from the Church of the Nativity, is the only one in the area to have a neonatal intensive care unit for babies of less than 24 weeks’ gestation. In addition to a pharmacy, a laboratory and a training centre, the hospital runs the Well Women clinic for menopausal women and the Mobile Medical Unit that assists remote communities and isolated villages in the desert surrounding Bethlehem.

The Order of Malta is proud of its doctors and all the staff at Bethlehem Hospital for this historic achievement.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.