Hospital Services

More than 12,000 babies were delivered – an increase of nearly 15%.

New hospitals

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals opened on time and within budget on 24 November 2015, and we took over operation of Hawkesbury District Health Service in October 2015.


Pathology episodes increased 3.4% in a difficult environment. The sale of pathology division to Australian Clinical Laboratories expected to be completed in the first half of 2016/17.

Home nursing

More than 111,000 episodes of care were undertaken, and home oncology services were implemented in Melbourne and Perth.

Training and education

We partnered with 26 universities and 32 Registered Training Organisations to provide undergraduate clinical placement opportunities for nursing, medical and allied health students.

Nursing and midwifery education

More than 1,000 registrations of interest received in our new Pathways to Practice graduate nurse program in WA.

Medical education

We supported the Specialist Training Program initiative by providing clinical supervision and education in a range of specialties.


We completed a Mission Management Model review with implementation to commence in 2016/17.


More than 1,900 caregivers participated in Many Faces – One Story caregiver formation program in 2015/16 and we facilitated triennial Leadership Formation Conference.

Information Technology

We appointed a Chief Medical Information Officer to oversee the implementation of a clinical information system. Technical requirements of new website scoped.


The number of new research proposals submitted increased by more than 40% to 169.

Financial Performance

Increased revenue nearly 20.8% to $1.6 billion.

Developments and expansions

Continued stage two of the redevelopment at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, the $41 million redevelopment at St John of God Bendigo Hospital, the $21 million upgrade and expansion of cardiac services at St John of God Geelong Hospital and the $17 million upgrade at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.

Commenced construction of new $120 million St John of God Berwick Hospital.


Increased number of caregivers by more than 25% to 14,328.

Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness

Our lost time injury frequency rate declined slightly but 11 hospitals improved overall performance and several had no injuries.

Nursing and midwifery

We appointed a Group Director Nursing. Implemented balanced scorecard system in 148 units to assist in performance improvement. Undertook a range of initiatives to look at nursing improvements in various clinical areas.

Governance and stewardship

Significant progress made on three large change programs focused on creating holistic value.

Capital development framework nearing completion; five year financial targets established; new property funding model implemented for the St John of God Berwick Hospital development; and Group Property Management Strategy being implemented.

Clinical risk

Clinical risk governance and managements systems were strengthened by enhanced clinical performance reporting. 


In this year six of our hospitals were successfully accredited against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and achieved 46 ‘Met with Merit’ ratings demonstrating exceptional performance.


The Energy Efficient Light Replacement project reduced CO2 consumption by 2,775 tonnes.

Social Justice and Advocacy

Strengthened advocacy position in addressing inequity faced by people with a disability in seeking employment. Commenced work on new stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.


Implemented a group heritage strategic plan and commenced collecting items of significance for the St John of God Health Care Heritage Collection.

Arts and Health

Took leadership role in encouraging the formation of the WA Arts and Health Consortium. Implemented new arts and health programs across a number of divisions.


Perth Northern Hospitals doctor Associate Director David Watson made AM; Hawkesbury District Health Service Chair of Community Board of Advice Brenda Harrold awarded OAM; Dr John Westerink from Richmond awarded OAM; Professor Marie-Paule Austin from Burwood awarded the Jon Rampono Medal by the Australasian Chapter of the Marcé Society; and Subiaco’s Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network awarded the Outreach Healthcare Award by Catholic Health Australia.