Skip to main content


St John of God Burwood Hospital

Performance snapshot


St John of God Burwood Hospital


St John of God Burwood Hospital


  • Completed Models of Care project, revising each clinical program to ensure a direct match to the National Mental Health Recovery Framework and the John of God Health Care Mission. Pex survey results showed 93% of patients would recommend Burwood Hospital to a family member or friend.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) program expanded to increase community-based consumer wellness and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations.
  • Sleep Study Service initiated, aiming for early identification of the problem and initiation of appropriate treatment for mental health patients.
  • Introduction of the Pharmacist Patient Education Program.
  • Commenced a trial of weekly case conferences with selected admitting visiting medical officers to enhance multidisciplinary team planning.
  • Commenced outpatient programs in addiction, schema and trauma.
  • Opened a satellite outpatient clinic at Hurstville to enhance patient access from the inner west to southern Sydney corridor.


  • Carole Rodden appointed Acting Clinical Risk and Quality Manager.
  • Carmen Xidis appointed Acting Nursing Unit Manager, replacing Carole Rodden.
  • Prof Marie-Paule Austin chaired the Expert Advisory Committee for the clinical practice guidelines for perinatal mental health.
  • Dr Nicole Reilly (Senior Research Associate Perinatal & Women’s Mental Health Unit) commenced as the Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, and was an invited reviewer for nine other peer-reviewed journals.
  • Dr Ian Smith, Director of Allied Health, appointed Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University in November 2016.
  • Dr Ian Smith was the keynote speaker at the national Mental Health Forum in May 2017.


  • Collaboration with Psychotherapy Education Australia to provide psychotherapy students with the opportunity to explore the mother and infant interaction and early intervention in relationship development.
  • Continued training by Prof Austin in best-practice models of perinatal psychosocial assessment to St John of God Raphael Services and maternity services, and other maternity hospitals.
  • Continued presentations by Prof Austin at general practitioner and other primary health care professional seminars and webinars.
  • Director of Mission, Andrew Nee presented to Catholic Health Australia National Conference on the patients’ experience of pastoral services based on Burwood Hospital’s research.

Year ahead

  • Formalise and expand the volunteer program.
  • Develop an outpatient youth mental health program.
  • Establish schedule for case conferences with all the main admitting visiting medical officers.
  • Initiate an across-hospital smoking cessation program.
  • Introduce a physical health program across inpatient services.
  • Revise the consumer wellness / recovery plan.
  • Implement the food services improvement plan.
  • Refurbishment program for shared rooms.
  • Initiate revised staff educational program focused on the recovery model of care, mission, and how to improve the patient experience.

Established: 1958

Location: 13 Grantham Street Burwood

Chief Executive Officer: Mr Mark Ayling

Medical Advisory Chair: Prof Marie-Paule Austin

Beds: 95

Staff: 225

Accredited doctors: 55

Theatre and procedure rooms: ECT Suite

Services: Inpatient and outpatient day programs, ECT, TMS, and community homes for people with chronic mental health issues who would otherwise be homeless.

St John of God Burwood Hospital