Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Equal good health for all

The MacKillop aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

Collaborating on projects nationally and internationally, The MacKillop invests in people and communities across Australia and beyond its borders.

Through research that responds to real needs, researchers are working to improve the well-being of people locally and globally so that they can lead full, healthy lives.

Our mission

Saint Mary MacKillop’s call to “never see a need without doing something about it” is the driving force behind the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. Inspired by this charge, The MacKillop is dedicated to improving access to health services and information for people from all backgrounds and circumstances.

Sister Monica Cavanagh on the launch of The MacKillop.

Who we are


Taking action to improve health

Driven to improve the quality of health care — especially for those most in need — The MacKillop conducts research to test the effectiveness of existing health services, support and education. The MacKillop also develops new social and community programs, contributing to a health care system that is more sensitive to people’s needs.

Bringing together national and international experts in the health field, The MacKillop fosters collaborative research without discipline-based boundaries. The potential impact is profound — through short- and long-term partnerships and programs the Institute is making a difference to the daily lives of people locally and globally, particularly those in vulnerable populations.

The MacKillop’s team includes leading researchers with a proven track record and international reputation for research excellence as well as up-and-coming researchers in the field. Together the team brings passion, expertise and the determination to make a difference in communities through research addressing today’s most pressing health challenges.