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Sylvia Falzon - Chairman's report

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Sue Williams - Chief Executive's report

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About us

A Catholic organisation

Cabrini shares the healing mission of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and operates according to Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care in Australia.

Founded in Malvern in 1948, Cabrini is a large, Catholic, private, charitable organisation. We provide healthcare and health related services and are part of an international organisation spanning 17 countries. Our owners and sponsors are the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the Cabrini Sisters).

We do not rely on government or church funding and any surplus funds that we generate are reinvested in our facilities and services.

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Our misson

Who we are

We are a Catholic healthcare service inspired by the spirit and vision of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the Cabrini Sisters).

What we believe

We are a community of care, reaching out with compassion, integrity, courage and respect to all we serve.

What we do

We provide excellence in all of our services and work to identify and meet unmet needs.

Our values

Our values form the base of our mission, are built around what we believe and drive how we act. They are drawn from Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s life and reflect her heart, her spirit, her conviction and her approach.


Our drive to care is not just a professional duty to provide excellent quality care, but is born of a heartfelt compassion for those in need, motivated by God’s love for all people.


We believe in the power of hope to transform people’s lives and remain faithful to the bold healing mission and legacy of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.


We have the strength, determination, vision and conviction to continue the work of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Cabrini Sisters.


We believe that every person is worthy of the utmost respect and the best possible healthcare. We know that our resources are entrusted to us to use for the benefit of others.

Our strategy

The Cabrini group strategy 2016-20 was endorsed by Cabrini’s Board of Directors in 2015. It sets the course for all services operating under the Cabrini banner in Australia. Together, we seek to:

Transform people’s lives by identifying and responding to unmet needs
Build partnerships and collaborations to maximise our reach
Foster innovative approaches that will underpin future sustainability

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Commitment to ending modern slavery

The Commonwealth Government enacted the Modern Slavery Act 2018, which became effective on 1 January 2019 and establishes a modern slavery reporting requirement for entities operating in Australia with more than $100 million annual revenue.

Cabrini Australia welcomed the passing of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and is committed to playing our part in eradicating all forms of modern slavery.

In 2019-20, Cabrini commenced drafting a Social Policy Position Statement outlining this commitment.

Read Cabrini’s Social Policy Position Statement – Modern Slavery

Our services

Cabrini provides a comprehensive range of high-quality acute, subacute, palliative care, primary care, residential aged-care, diagnostic and community-based health services. Our services span cancer care, chronic disease, emergency medicine, general practice, health promotion, heart services, homecare and community-based care, maternity services, paediatric care, palliative care, rehabilitation and residential aged-care, as well as education, health promotion and research. We work together with our accredited medical practitioners, community healthcare providers such as general practitioners and healthcare agencies, Catholic Health Australia and the wider community. Together with our partners, we seek to understand and respond effectively to the community’s needs.


Our community

Our patients are predominately from seven local government areas: the cities of Bayside, Boroondara, Glen Eira, Kingston, Monash, Moreland, Port Phillip and Stonnington. Cabrini’s patient population is diverse and includes people of various ages, cultural heritage, socio-economic status and disabilities. The Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub draws clients from the Moreland, Hume and Whittlesea councils.

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Our heritage story

Francesca Cabrini was born in northern Italy in 1850. Inspired by her deep faith in Jesus Christ, she was a woman of great compassion and courage. She saw her life as a mission to relieve suffering and serve those in need – particularly the poor and excluded. She established health, education and care centres in the USA and Latin America, in Europe and in England, becoming an inspiration to all whose lives she touched. She was the first citizen of the USA to be canonised a saint. At age 30, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to show God’s love for people through their compassionate action in the world. Today their mission reaches around the world, and includes Cabrini Health in Australia.

Our Cabrini story started in 1948, when ten Cabrini Sisters arrived in Melbourne to take over St Benedict’s, a small hospital in Malvern. The journey from Italy took ten days as the plane could only fly during daylight hours. The Sisters thought they were taking over a fully functioning hospital but unfortunately, this was not so.
Without losing spirit, they worked hard to equip and make the place presentable so that they could re-open the facility. At the time, Melbourne was not the multicultural city that we know today. People were cautious of these Italian Sisters who dressed and spoke differently to the Australian religious of the time. Despite their best efforts, in the first few months there were many complaints about their strange ways. However, the Sisters recognised there were people in need and, with courage and determination; they laid the foundation for the comprehensive healthcare service we have become today.

In 2017, we celebrated the centenary of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini MSC (1850-1917), Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants and founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 2018, we celebrated the arrival of the Cabrini Sisters and the establishment of our diverse organisation.

We celebrate our heritage each year in November, with events scheduled around the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini on 13 November. Celebrations include a Feast Day Mass, service recognition ceremonies to acknowledge service milestones reached by employees, and a commemorative service for employees, volunteers and members of our Cabrini community who have recently died.

The second significant celebration is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, which in 2020 fell on Friday 11 June. During Mass, the Sisters renew their vows and we affirm our commitment to our shared mission.

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