About MaterCare

MaterCare – The Vision

Caring for Mothers and Babies in the Developing World

MaterCare is an international organization of health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and babies, both born and unborn, through new initiatives of service, training, research and education, which are designed to reduce the unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality, morbidity and abortion.

Matercare’s mission is to serve the Culture of Life where it is most at risk – those crisis areas and hotspots where mothers and their children, born and unborn, are neglected or abandoned outright.

MaterCare – Objectives

MaterCare Australia is a non-profit organisation affiliated with MaterCare International with the following objectives:

To provide medical care based on the highest medical and moral standards to mothers and infants before and after birth, wherever there is need throughout the world focussing particularly on areas where maternal and infant mortality and morbidity is high.
To act as a prophetic witness by reflecting on the teaching and practice of contemporary maternal health care in the light of the Gospel and its values most recently presented in the Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae.
To promote the fullness of human life, including unborn life, through Christian principles that affirm the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person, with the focus on the family as the chief guardian of life and health.

Papal Addresses

His Holiness Pope John Paul II addressed a MaterCare International conference in Rome 2001.

“It is my fervent hope that at the beginning of this new millennium, all Catholic medical and health care personnel, whether in research or practice, will commit themselves whole-heartedly to the service of human life. I trust that the local Churches will give due attention to the medical profession, promoting the ideal of unambiguous service to the great miracle of life, supporting obstetricians, gynaecologists and health workers who respect the right to life by helping to bring them together for mutual support and the exchange of ideas and experiences.”

Patron Saint

St Gianna Beretta Molla was a physician and a loving wife and mother. In 1961 she was pregnant with her fourth child when she developed a fibroma on her uterus. St Gianna heroically chose to sacrifice her life for the life of her unborn child and died shortly after a successful delivery. To read more about the life of St Gianna click HERE

Will you help us help mothers?

One often wonders when looking at helping poor countries “Where do I start?”

Board of Directors

Chairman & Contact

Dr Richard Lennon
MBBS, FRACP (Paediatrics) FACEM MBioeth (Monash)


Ms Alicia Smith
BAppSc Nuclear Medicine Grad Dip Cardiac Ultrasound

Treasurer and Immediate Past Chair

Dr Elvis Seman

Other Board Members

  • Dr John Smith
    MB BS, FRACS (General & Urological Surgery)
  • Dr Brendan Miller
  • Dr Chris Halloway
  • Dr Dani Abosh
  • Miss Rebecca Lennon