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Order of Malta Australia

Charitable Works

Palliative Care – VIC, QLD and NSW


The Order of Malta has been active in supporting the provision of quality palliative care in keeping with its mission “to practice charity towards my neighbours, especially the poor and the sick”.

In Victoria, for many years the Order has supported St Vincent’s palliative care hostel Caritas Christi in Kew and is a partner, along with St. Vincent’s and Outer Eastern Palliative Care Services in Eastern Palliative Care (EPC). EPC is heavily reliant on public support and Fundraising for the purchase of equipment. 

In NSW, Members provide ongoing support to St Joseph’s Palliative Care Unit in Auburn.

The Order’s financial support has purchased equipment and improved facilities at the unit, which would not have been possible within the hospitals normal health budget. This has included portable infusion pumps for patient pain relief, refurbishment of the family and quiet room and a prognostic tool to assess patients at the unit, which has avoided the transfer of patients to Auburn District Hospital for assessment.

In Queensland, Members have provided support to Mt Olivet, now named St Vincent’s Hospital. Members on a regular basis sit with, console and listen to patients in their time of great need.

Most recently the branch committed to provide funds for the ongoing restocking of the drinks cart, which is a favourite amongst many patients. Additionally, Members have also established the Tess Cramond Memorial fund, in memory of our much loved and influential member, Prof Tess Cramond AO OBE. The Fund aims to have a more focused campaign on raising money and donating to the hospital for much-needed works in palliative care.

You can support our palliative care activities by making a tax deductible donation using our secure Paypal facility:


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.