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History Timeline

Over the years, St Vincent's milestones have included:

1910

– recognition of the St Vincent’s Clinical School, the first teaching school to have an official agreement with the University of Melbourne


1938

– Caritas Christi Hospice established in Studley Park Road, Kew, to provide care for the terminally ill   


1957

– Chair of Medicine established. Its Professors have been John Hayden, Carl de Gruchy, David Penington, Jack Martin and James Best


1957

– foundation of an affiliated research institute, with Pehr Edman as its first Director


1959

– foundation of the Home Care Extension Service, providing home-based care linked to hospital services (now known as St Vincent's at Home


1961

– Australia’s first ICU is opened and a specialist postgraduate course in intensive care nursing developed


1966

– Chair of Surgery established. Its Professors have been Richard Bennett, Wayne Morrison and Peter Choong


1970

– foundation of the Microsurgery Research Centre with Bernard O’Brien as Director


1976

– Prague House established in Sackville Street, Kew, to provide residential services for older men with particular health needs who have experienced homelessness. Prague House moved to a new purpose-built facility adjacent to St George’s at Cotham Road in 2006 and now houses both men and women.


1995

– opening of a $160 million inpatient building on the Fitzroy campus


2001

– St George’s Health Service becomes an integral part of St Vincent’s, providing specialised aged care and rehabilitation services


2006

– opening of a state-of-the-art health education centre 


2008

– St Vincent's wins the Premier's Award for most outstanding metropolitan health service of the year