The Sisters of Charity, a Catholic order of religious sisters, have been providing care to those in need since their arrival to Australia from Ireland in 1838 where they provided services to the women’s prison at Parramatta, Sydney.  In 1893, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne was founded in Fitzroy.  Caritas Christi Hospice Kew was opened in 1938.

St Vincent’s (SV’s) is now a national organisation with services in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.  SV’s continues to grow and meet the needs of the community with a range of facilities including public and private hospitals, innovative primary and home based care, residential aged care, mental health services, palliative care, drug and alcohol services, research institutes and correctional health services.  The health services provided by SVH in Victoria have a special emphasis on the poor and disadvantaged.The values that underpin the work of the Sisters of Charity and the St Vincent’s Hospital group are justice, integrity, compassion and excellence.


Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc was incorporated in 1991.The service originated from a strong community need for palliative care services, to provide people with a terminal illness in the outer east with a choice between hospitalisation or home based palliative support. Outer East Palliative Care developed strong community links to service clubs, local government, General Practitioner’s, local hospitals, nursing homes, hostels and supported accommodation services.

The local General Practitioners helped Outer East Palliative Care develop team models for delivery of home based services.Home based palliative care services commenced in 1994 across the areas of Ringwood, Croydon, Knox, Sherbrooke, Lilydale, Healesville and Upper Yarra.Outer East Palliative Care continues to advocate strongly for local services in the outer east region.

This strong link to the community remains today and provides Eastern Palliative Care with general community input and an ability to keep connected with community expectation.


The Order of Malta was founded in Jerusalem in 1098 just before the First Crusade. Since 1113, it has been a lay religious Order of the Catholic Church. It is also an international hospitaller and relief organisation, and a sovereign entity under international law. Its full title is the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

It came to Australia in the early 1970’s where its focus became the care of the terminally ill, the frail elderly and their families. It is based at Caritas Christi, Kew where it has an office and a Board Room.

In 1992 Caritas Christi and the Order of Malta Hospice Home Care Services Incorporated was formed as an partnership of the Sisters of Charity and the Order of Malta. This homes based service was staffed by nurses, pastoral care and social workers and a core of trained volunteers. In 1997 the two partners became two of three founding partners in Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc.

The Order of Malta in Australia has some 250 members and some 70 members in Victoria where it enjoys considerable volunteer support and is able to carry out a variety of programs.The Order is directly involved in the work of EPC as well as assisting others within its founding ethos: ‘Our Lord’s the Sick’.

Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc. Committee of Management

Mr. Peter Gurr
Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc
Deputy Chair
Dr. Anne Hunt, FACE OAM
Order of Malta
Associate Professor Raymond Snyder AM
St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd
Committee Members
Mr. Kevin Francis
Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc
Professor David Kissane
Order of Malta
Mr. Stuart Rowland
Order of Malta
Mr. Harry Sampson
Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc
Professor Jennifer Philip
St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd
Ms. Kirsten Rodger
St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd
Justice Bernard Teague AO
Order of Malta
Dr. Andrew Barnden
Outer East Palliative Care Service Inc.
Mr. Stephen Vale
St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd