The conversion of the former convent for the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy into Queensland’s largest centre for mothers suffering from postnatal depression should be completed by the end of 2022. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Former head of Mater Hospital Brisbane, Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle, said during a virtual event in Brisbane last month that work was underway to open the mother and baby unit in November 2022.
“Mater will build a world-class mother and baby unit, and change the future for thousands of Queensland families,” Sr Angela said.
“Our mothers deserve nothing less.”
Sr Angela said the centre would be the largest in Australia, and open to all mothers in Queensland, not just those who have given birth at the Mater.
She said postnatal depression was a silent but “tragic” problem in society, and quoting the Mater’s director of Mothers, Babies and Women’s Health “an epidemic of unrecognised sadness, pain and morbidity”.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death for perinatal, postnatal women,” Sr Angela said.
She shared her joy at the plans to develop the centre on the site of her old convent, which she had called home since she was a newly-arrived 22-year-old Sister of Mercy.
“Since 1927, hundreds of Sisters of Mercy have lived out their lives in loving devotion to their patients,” Sr Angela said.
“Those who have lived there…are absolutely thrilled that our one time home is to become a loving, welcoming centre for families in need.”
The project was tipped to cost the Mater Hospital $14 million, but Sr Angela said with support from the community, $11 million had already been raised.
Mater convent to become nation’s largest mother baby unit for post-natal depression (By Emilie Ng, The Catholic Leader)