About Calvary Mater Newcastle

Calvary Mater Newcastle, a public hospital in Newcastle, NSW, is the major cancer care centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District, delivering more than 460,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 17,000 inpatient treatments per year.

Calvary Mater Newcastle provides an Emergency Department open 24 hours seven days a week, an Intensive Care Unit, extensive palliative care services including the Mercy Hospice. Hunter New England Local Health District’s Mater Mental Health Centre and Breastscreen NSW, are also located on the Mater campus.

Staffed by leading researchers in oncology, toxicology, psychiatry and palliative care, Calvary Mater Newcastle is recognised as a leading research centre. It is also the main centre for cancer clinical trials in the Hunter region, with local, national and international research collaborations taking place.

Our patients enjoy a redeveloped modern, light and airy environment, surrounded by well-maintained gardens.

Our range of medical and surgical services includes internal medicine, alcohol and drug services, and Hospital in the Home. Our surgery division provides services in a pre-procedures clinic, operating theatres, a day surgery unit and recovery room.

The Mater was founded in 1921 by the Sisters of Mercy (Singleton) who handed on ownership and operation of the hospital to the Little Company of Mary Health Care in 2006.

Calvary Mater Newcastle provides public hospital services under a Service Level Agreement with the Local Health District, and is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards. Accreditation is one way we assure the community that Calvary Mater Newcastle meets the high standards of safety and quality set for health care providers and the level of care and service that consumers can expect from our services.

To find out more about our services and achievements please refer to our Review of Operations (annual reports) below.


Review of Operations (annual reports)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2020-2021 (14 MB)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2019-2020 (10 MB)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2018-2019 (10 MB)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2017-2018 (7 MB)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2016-2017 (9 MB)

Calvary Mater Newcastle Review of Operations 2015-2016 (9 MB)


To find out more regarding our translational research please refer to our Translational Research Strategic Plan below:

Translational Research Strategic Plan 2021-2023 (5 MB)


Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Heritage

The year 1921 marked the beginning of the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital and the provision of health care by the Sisters of Mercy, (Singleton) for the people of Newcastle.

The hospital first operated from a single building known as Enmore Hall situated on the Mater’s current site.

In 2006, it was agreed that control of the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital would be transferred from the Sisters of Mercy (Singleton) to the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary and that the hospital would become part of Little Company of Mary Health Care.

On 1 July 2007, the hospital changed its name from Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital to Calvary Mater Newcastle. The hospital continues to provide services to the community in the Catholic tradition. Little Company of Mary Health Care (LCM Health Care) is a Catholic health care organisation with an Australia-wide reputation for high quality hospital, health, aged and community care.

Regional Management Team – New South Wales – Hospitals

Luke Sams

NSW Regional Chief Executive Officer

Calvary Mater Newcastle Executive Team

Mark Jeffrey

General Manager
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Dr Ralph Gourlay

Director of Medical Services
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Nicole Feenan

Director of Nursing and Cancer Services
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Kellie Goldsworthy

Director of Mission Integration
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Wayne Wells

Director Finance and Corporate Services
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Chris Aartsen

Acting Director of Critical Care and Surgery
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Kim Kolmajer

Director of Medicine and Palliative Care Services
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Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council Group assists the General Manager with, and provides advice on, community and stakeholder engagement. Through this group local consumers and communities can help us to make the best decisions when it comes to planning our services. Representatives are drawn from a broad cross section of the community and meet with Calvary Mater Newcastle executives on a regular basis.

Consumer representatives

  • Robert Russell (Chairperson)
  • Teresa Brierley 
  • Kay Fordham
  • Susan Russell
  • Steven Tipper
  • Aron Hidru
  • Andrew Smith

Calvary representatives

  • Luke Sams
    NSW Regional Chief Executive Officer, Calvary
  • Mark Jeffrey
    General Manager, Calvary Mater Newcastle
  • Wayne Wells
    Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Calvary Mater Newcastle
  • Kellie Goldsworthy
    Director of Mission Integration, Calvary Mater Newcastle
  • Helen Ellis
    Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Calvary Mater Newcastle