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Cabrini recently marked 65 years of service in Melbourne, Australia. Cabrini Health Limited in Australia is one of 16 missions worldwide sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The congregation was founded in 1880 by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Our owners challenge us to develop new and creative forms of charity that respond “passionately and swiftly” to unmet needs in our community.


Cabrini is a not-for-profit healthcare service based in the local community – we do not pay dividends to any shareholders. All of Cabrini’s earnings are generated by services we provide to our patients and their families – we do not receive any direct government funding or financial support from the Catholic Church.

Any surplus funds that Cabrini earns are reinvested locally in our services and facilities as follows:

  • 5 per cent on social and community outreach activities
  • 40 per cent on routine maintenance and capital expenditure
  • 55 per cent on funding service improvements, new service initiatives and capital enhancement

As a not-for-profit organisation, we look to the community for financial support so that we can provide the highest standard of treatment and care for the community. Cabrini is fortunate to receive philanthropic support from our generous supporters and benefactors whose contribution has helped forge Cabrini’s reputation for excellence in healthcare. The Cabrini Foundation is the important link between Cabrini and our community of donors and supporters, guiding and overseeing all fundraising activities on behalf of the organisation and ensuring all financial support is spent according to our donors’ wishes.

Cabrini’s investment in the community

While all of Cabrini’s services are designed to deliver public benefit, the organisation’s community benefit demonstrates our commitment to being a good corporate citizen beyond the general expectation of a private healthcare service. As such, Cabrini invests 2.5 per cent of annual turnover in community benefit projects and support for staff.

Cabrini is a teaching hospital which provides undergraduate and postgraduate training for our future healthcare workforce including doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners. In 2012-13, we delivered more than 12,000 clinical training days involving 350 nursing students and 114 medical students, as well as smaller numbers of students across a range of other health professions.

Cabrini supports the education, research and health promotion activities of the Cabrini Institute by providing approximately $1m annually.

Principles of Cabrini’s community benefit program

Cabrini’s community benefit program comprises activities that Cabrini undertakes in direct response to an identified community need and/or where the primary goal is not to bring a direct economic benefit to the organisation. The principles that underpin Cabrini’s community benefit program are:

  • Those who live in poverty and at the margins of our society have a moral priority for our services
  • As a not-for-profit healthcare service, we have a responsibility to work toward improved health in the communities we serve
  • Community members, organisations and agencies need to be actively involved in our programs
  • We must be able to demonstrate the value of our community activities
  • Our community benefit program must not exist in a silo, rather, it must be integrated throughout the organisation

Dimensions of Cabrini’s community benefit framework

  1. Mission-driven services – services that Cabrini offers because they are consistent with our mission and identity and/or meet an identified need in our community. Services where a financial loss is mainly attributable to performance below the peer benchmark are excluded. This dimension includes charitable discounts to patients for a genuine clinical reason or for financial hardship.
  2. Clinical education and research – activities undertaken through the Cabrini Institute.
  3. Health outreach – the provision of health care services or expertise to individuals/groups who are financially or socially disadvantaged and would otherwise have limited or no access to the service.
  4. Health promotion – services designed to enable people to increase control over the determinants of health and improve their health such as Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer and Foundation 49: Men’s Health.
  5. Social and community outreach – comprises the projects and partnerships established as a direct response to the priorities identified by the Cabrini Sisters, Australian-based health and/or Catholic Church priorities and health priorities in our region.
  6. Community engagement – these activities express Cabrini’s contribution to public debate about a just and fair society; actively engage individual members of the community in response to the social inclusion agenda; contribute to community initiatives; and/or enable community members to engage in meaningful volunteering. The value of the contribution includes costs related to Cabrini’s volunteer services, as well as the estimated costs of recruitment, mentoring and support of participants in the employment integration program. The value of the time contributed by Cabrini volunteers is excluded from the calculation.
  7. Staff support – comprises services that Cabrini provides to staff and volunteers, as well as their families, to support general health and wellbeing.
  8. Environmental stewardship – comprises activities that Cabrini undertakes to reduce the consumption of natural resources; reduce our carbon footprint; and reduce waste.