Each year around 2000 seriously ill and premature babies rely on Mater's Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) for specialised care.

These babies can be as young as 24 weeks and weigh as little as 400 grams. 

That's less than a bottle of water!

Our NCCU is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the southern hemispherea place filled with hope and sometimes heartbreak.


Why research is so important

Mater's dedicated researchers and medical teams work tirelessly and give so much to save and improve the lives of mothers and babies.  

Through its research projects, Mater is helping to give all babies the best possible start to life. Every day, our researchers are developing potential solutions to a range of challenges unborn, premature and sick babies face, including: 

  • reducing diabetes transferral from mothers to babies;
  • improving ways to induce labour; and
  • reducing the incidence of still birth.

But this wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of people like you. 

Your donations help save precious lives.


Click here to find out more information on the incredible research currently underway at Mater. 


The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.