“There is something permanent in Catherine’s personal, tender care of the sick and dying: some true gospel instinct and virtue that is a permanent valid call to us.”

Mary Sullivan RSM,
Catherine McAuley and the Care of the Sick (article)

Inspired by the person and mission of Jesus, who embraced the world with compassion to bring justice and healing, Catherine McAuley sought to care for the poor sick and dying in Dublin. Inspired by this mission of healing, ISMAPNG maintains significant involvement in the area of heath care in Australia and internationally.

Health Care is central to maintaining both human dignity and human flourishing. It is a vital contributor to individuals reaching their potential, and for their full participation in society.

There are a variety of ways that ISMAPNG is involved in health care; both through organisations whose primary focus is healthcare  and as part of programs which include attentiveness to heath and hygiene as a means to providing the opportunity for living a full life.

Areas of health care that ISMAPNG are involved in include maternity and specialist women’s health care, early parenting support, health worker and birth attendant training, pre-school nutrition programs, acute and sub acute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, palliative care, home and community care.

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Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a Catholic community benefit organisation founded by the Sisters of Mercy to deliver health, aged care and community services.

Each year Mercy Health cares for thousands of people across Victoria, southern New South Wales, northern Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Mercy Health offers a diverse range of health services including acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, specialist women’s healthcare, early parenting support, palliative care, home and community care, and health worker training and development.

The motto “Care First” captures the desire of Mercy Health to be an ethical provider of health care, through a culture of service expressed in the core values of Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Teamwork. Mercy Health seeks to respond particularly to needs in the area of women’s and children’s health, early parenting, mental health, the elderly and the dying.

Mercy Health promotes research throughout the organisation, supporting innovative projects and trials across a range of areas; including obstetrics, gynaecology, mental health, paediatrics, reproductive medicine, aged care, midwifery and palliative care. The extent and diversity of research undertaken across the group, reflects a high level of interest and commitment to research and improvement in the delivery of care. The Human Research Ethics Committee reports to the Mercy Health Board for all research projects, studies and trials undertaken throughout Mercy Health facilities.

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Mercy Works

Mercy Works supports many health care programs in Papua New Guinea including a program promoting village health (Kiunga) which aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality through providing training to volunteer birth attendants.

A number of other community development programs also address the importance of health and hygiene as a important element for participation in other activities for example a focus on nutrition is included as part of the pre school program in Timore-Leste.


  • “The Charity of Jesus manifested itself by works: comforting the afflicted, healing the sick, showing the greatest tenderness for them and evincing as much anxiety for their relief as if His own happiness depended on theirs”

    Catherine McAuley, Retreat Instructions. p 87
  • But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds…and took care of him

    Luke 10: 33-34