The Association raises funds to donate to a wide range of important hospital projects and causes.

Money is raised on an ongoing basis through:

  • sales of the nursing history book, A Profession’s Pathway
  • sales of St Vincent’s tea towels – these are at $13 each or two for $23 (inc. postage) and can be purchased by contacting Helen Lauritz by emailing or phoning (03) 9802 2507
  • sausage sizzles held at the hospital throughout the year
  • the annual luncheon and associated raffles.

The Association has made the following donations over the last five years:

  • $10,000 for carpet installed at the Sister Francesca Healy Cottage in Fitzroy, where homeless people are able to stay and rest after discharge from hospital. 
  • $10,000 to the St Vincent's Department of Addiction Medicine
  • $20,000 to the new St Vincent's Cancer Centre
  • $2,000 to The St Vincent de Paul Disaster Appeal (in memory of a St Vincent's graduate Mark Butler (1992) who perished in the bushfires)
  • Interplast – a volunteer surgical team traveling to third world countries to operate on people with cleft palates, etc
  • $2,000 to the St Vincent's Director of Mission's Discretionary fund – funds are needed for things such as assisting a single mother to pay for the funeral of her stillborn baby 

We currently offer scholarships to nursing students studying at St Vincent’s. Currently funded projects:

  • Scholarships are disbursed annually for Nursing students studying at St Vincent's Hospital.
  • An annual Ida O'Dwyer award valued at $1000 was reinstated at the 2015 Graduation Ceremony in January.
  • Limited grants are available to members commencing 2015 to finance one off projects which are deemed to be aligned with Mary Aikenhead 's mission.