About St Vincent's Hospital

Community support and generosity have been central to the story of St Vincent's since our beginnings as a small cottage hospital in 1890s Fitzroy. Back then, we relied entirely on charitable donations to survive and thrive.

Over a century later, we take our place as Victoria's leading teaching hospital. We provide medical and surgical services, emergency and aged care, mental health, palliative and residential care. We reach out to hundreds of thousands of Victorians every year, caring for people from all walks of life. Community generosity and support continues to be a central part of our story.

Along with our well recognised main Fitzroy campus, we have more than 5,700 staff working at 15 sites across greater Melbourne. We are also part of Australia’s largest not-for-profit health service and are governed by a national body, St Vincent’s Health Australia. We're a leading public hospital committed to providing the best possible treatment and support for every one of our patients, whatever their circumstances. We are guided by our values of compassion, justice, integrity and excellence.

From performing Australia's first hand transplant to developing the world's first warning device for epileptic seizures and pioneering new approaches to cardiac surgery, St Vincent’s is at the forefront of medical research and innovation. We work with a wide network of collaborative partners to deliver high quality training and research projects. Our partners include St Vincent's Institute, the O'Brien Institute, the Bionics Institute, the University of Woollongong and the Australian Catholic University.

Visit the St Vincent's Hospital website for more detailed information about each department, or take a look at the snapshot below for a quick overview.

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 St Vincent’s Melbourne – a snapshot

  • We provide over 500,000 patient services each year
  • We have 17 sites across Melbourne, including St Vincent’s Hospital, St George’s Health Service, Caritas Christi Hospice and Prague House
  • Almost half our admitted patients are born overseas and one in seven uses our interpreter service
  • We are recognised by the Aboriginal community as being one of the top five hospitals in Australia delivering quality health services to their community
  • We have the largest palliative care unit in Victoria, providing physical and emotional care and support to patients both in the hospital and in their homes
  • We are one of Australia’s leading centres for the medical treatment of drug and alcohol addiction
  • Our staff make over over 27,000 visits and treat over 3500 patients in their homes each year
  • We have a state of the art teaching facility for medical, surgical and allied health groups

Our sites

  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy - major teaching, research and tertiary referral hospital
  • St George’s Health Service, Kew - rehabilitation and aged care service
  • Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew and Fitzroy - Palliative care services
  • Prague House, Kew - Residential care for people with health issues experiencing homelessness
  • The Cottage, Fitzroy - Short-term hospital in the home care for people experiencing homelessness
  • Residential Aged Care - Cambridge House in Collingwood, Riverside House in Richmond and Auburn House in Hawthorn East
  • St Vincent’s Mental Health Service Community Care - The Footbridge, North Fitzroy
  • Aged Psychiatric Care - Normanby Unit, Kew
  • Dialysis Satellite Centres - Kew, Shepparton, Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Werribee, Sale and Ferntree Gully
  • Pathology Collection - 50 pathology collection centres around Melbourne
  • Specialist clinics, Fitzroy - 40 clinics providing diagnostic support for general practitioners and patients before or after admission
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