Calvary Mater Newcastle

A warm gesture

When you think about how physically weak patients may get, and how they may struggle to keep warm, then you would appreciate how satisfying it would be for a patient to have the comfort of a warm blanket or towel during their stay in hospital. Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Hospice recently

I am woman

As the focus of Multicultural Health Week 2017 was ‘Women’s Health’ here at Calvary Mater Newcastle we decided to celebrate with women from our local culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Members of our CALD Working Party (Cultural Safety Audit) were very excited by the prospect as they themselves represent a

Martin Bowles PSM appointed National CEO

Calvary Health Care is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Bowles as National Chief Executive Officer (NCEO), following the retirement of the current NCEO Mark Doran at the end of the year. Martin Bowles, formerly Secretary of the Department of Health, joins Calvary with a wealth of experience gained

Marriage, Same Sex Relationships and Calvary

With a sense of unease and discomfort, Calvary noted several media articles over the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 which claim that the “Catholic church” is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. We reassure staff and

Historic photo of hospital fundraising ladies
Celebrating 90 years of the Mater Auxiliary

From humble beginnings to becoming the major fundraising arm of Calvary Mater Newcastle, the Mater Auxiliary has much to celebrate this August as it reaches its ninetieth year of operation. On 24 August 1927 the Mater Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed with Mrs J.W. Greaves taking up the helm as President.

Over $315,000 raised by Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary

Calvary Mater Newcastle staff and guests from the local community joined together to congratulate members of Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary ‘Cancer Carers’ as they presented a $315,229.56 cheque to Calvary Mater Newcastle at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 3 August. After fundraising tirelessly throughout the year, this extraordinary group

NSW regional alliance takes centre stage

One of Australia’s first Centres for Innovation in Regional Health A healthcare partnership that aligns clinicians and researchers across the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast districts of NSW has been accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as one of Australia’s first Centres for

Prostate cancer study a game changer

Calvary Mater Newcastle is celebrating a game-changer for prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. Led by Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Professor Peter Greer, Principal Physicist, a study, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, is creating treatment plans for patients with prostate cancer

Dr Aoife McGarvey, head and neck cancer research pioneer

Every year approximately 4,000 Australians are diagnosed with head and neck cancer. As an increasing number of people battle this formidable disease, Dr Aoife McGarvey, Physiotherapist at Calvary Mater Newcastle, is leading the way in pioneering head and neck cancer research. A physiotherapist with over 18 years experience, Aoife [pronounced Eee-fa], has never been

Calvary 2016 Christmas Card artwork
Wishing you warmth and joy at Christmas

From all of us at Calvary, wishing you the warmth, hope and happiness of Christmas. Each year our Christmas message features an image that celebrates hope and joy for others. This year we feature a mixed media artwork collaboratively produced by Calvary Health Care Bethlehem’s Friday art therapy patient group. The theme represents things that

Calvary Adelaide signs key medical group

Calvary Health Care Adelaide has signed up the State’s leading orthopaedic clinic as the first major tenant for its new $300 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital. The Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic will move into the new hospital on completion in 2019, providing its patients with the the latest leading edge in-house orthopaedic

Launch of Death, Dying and Palliative Care DVD

One of the patients, Virginia de Groot, generously shares with the students her challenging experience of having a terminal illness and talking about it with her family, which for many of the students was a very moving and emotional experience.

New CBD Hospital

Media Release: Calvary announces construction to start on new $300 million CBD hospital The largest private hospital ever built in South Australia – the $300 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide’s central business district – will commence construction immediately. Calvary – one of Australia’s leading Catholic health, community and aged

Calvary staff
My Calvary

Calvary is filled with smiling faces, team spirit and staff who enjoy what they do every day. Watch how the heroes of Calvary talk about how wonderful and satisfying it is to be a part of Calvary.

April Falls Month at Calvary Mater
April Falls Day

In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and at least 400 deaths in people aged 65 and older*. As part of Calvary’s has an ongoing program to prevent falls, this April Falls Day, 1 April, staff at Calvary Mater Newcastle will help spread important falls prevention messages

Cancer survivor tattoo photo exhibition
Young Cancer Survivors’ Tattoo Photo Exhibition

Calvary Mater Newcastle photo exhibition A photo exhibition showcasing the inspiration and determination of eight young cancer survivors will be on display at Calvary Mater Newcastle from Monday 14 2016. The photo exhibition depicts the stories of eight young adults thoughts on surviving cancer and their journey by way of

Calvary worker taking patients for a walk
How Calvary makes a difference

Calvary provides staff with the tools and skills better their work environment. Watch our video to see how Calvary makes a difference in their working environment and the residents lives.

What it's like to work at Calvary video
Angela, Urmila & Nya’s Story

Angela started as a casual member of staff and has now been at Calvary for 21 years, because she enjoys it so much. Urmila talks about how teamwork is an important part of Calvary and how everyone is valued and support each other. Nya says Calvary is a part of his extended family. Watch their stories here.

Mary Ringstad
Chance Encounters

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives; the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects, like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swivelled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” Bryce Courtenay Call it coincidence, destiny or fate but just

Celebrating 130 years of compassionate care

This year marks the 130th Anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Australia, on 4 November 1885. In 1885 at the invitation of Cardinal Moran, six Sisters of the Little Company of Mary sailed from Naples on the SS Liguria headed for Australia.

Nurses and doctors dress up as Elsa and Olaf
Let it Go, Let it Go

A young girl being treated in Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Radiation Oncology Department recently received a wonderful surprise from the department’s team of radiation therapists, reception and nursing staff. Karen Jovanovic, Chief Radiation Therapist, reports, “A young lady, only 8 years old, was recently being treated in the Radiation Oncology Department,

Mary Ringstad
Mary Ringstad awarded excellence in Pastoral Care

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) honours Mary Ringstad with the national Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care 2015. Mary, who is the Pastoral Care Manager at Calvary Mater Newcastle, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra last week. The award recognized Mary for over 17 years of

Cutting edge prostate cancer treatment
Taking aim at prostate cancer

Calvary Mater Newcastle cancer researchers take a lead role in exploring the use of advanced radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer. Calvary Mater Newcastle researchers, in collaboration with Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, have developed a treatment option for men with prostate cancer using stereotactic radiotherapy, which gives very high doses of

National Volunteer Week

“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” From 12-18 May 2014, Calvary Mater Newcastle celebrated National Volunteer Week, taking time to celebrate volunteers who nurture and support people in our community. The hospital is blessed to have over 95 volunteers who