This website uses technical and assimilated cookies as well as user-profiling third party cookies in a grouped format to simplify online navigation and to protect the use of services. To find out more or to refuse consent to the use of one or any of the cookies, click here. Closing this banner, browsing this page or clicking on anything will be taken as consent to the use of cookies.


Order of Malta Australia


Project update: Community Care Van provides aid during Sydney’s Heatwave


EDIT_ (22)This Summer, Sydney has experienced sudden and dramatic fluctuations in temperature. These conditions often catch the homeless by surprise, making them particularly vulnerable to heat related illness during the warmer months. In response the NSW Branch’s Community Care Van is distributing water, sunscreen and sun hats and a Nurse from St Vincent’s offers healthcare.

Heatwaves cause more deaths in Australia each year than any other natural disaster, and have a greater negative impact on population health than any other natural hazard.

“The evolution of the Community Care Van project to distribute water and sun protection, came through discussions with St Vincent’s Hospital who highlighted a real need for preventative measure to help those sleeping on the streets during the summer months” explained NSW Branch Chairman David Hall AM. “Providing this service is very much aligned with our mission to assist the Lord’s poor and sick”.

On a ‘typical’ Summer night 35 bottles of water, 20 hats and 16 bottles of sunscreen are distributed by the Community Care Van to the Homeless.

During the winter months, the Van will return to distributing the Order’s Coats for the Homeless, water and healthcare to the city’s homeless population during the colder weather. Last winter the van typically distributed 40 coats on each ‘run’ until stocks ran out. Consequently the NSW Branch has increased its distribution volume to 3,000 Coats in 2016 to fulfil the demand from the patrons of the Community Care Van and the existing distribution network.

Learn more about Our Projects.

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.