Outreach & Rural Services
To serve the community through excellence in care, teaching and research, and to reach out to the poor and marginalised. In doing so, we maintain our fundamental respect for the skills and talents of our staff and our profound respect for the humanity of every individual patient.
St Vincent’s Hospital treats the highest proportion of rural patients of any teaching hospital in NSW - around 2,800 separations per year, around 165,000 rural outpatients each year (over a third of all outpatient cases) and 1,100 emergency department presentations by rural patients.
Most rural patients visiting the St Vincent’s Campus come from south western and western NSW (areas such as Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Bathurst), but the Campus also receives patients from coastal and inland areas of northern NSW.
Community Based Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
St Vincent's Hospital provides assistance to various non-government organisations such as:
- Regional Outreach Projects - outpatient service to the Aboriginal Medical Service in Moree.
- The Asylum Seekers Centre –assistance is provided to the Centre's clients, many of whom have no other access to health care services.
- Gorman House - a residential non-medicated alcohol and drug detoxification centre.
- Solomon Islands - assistance for residents of the island who would otherwise not have access to surgical and medical treatment.
- East Timor - A similar service such as that provided to Solomon Islands patients is shortly to commence with the people of East Timor.