About Us

We look after people.

We never forget that each and every person in the Southern Cross Care extended family is an amazing individual.

Everyone has a unique history: a rich life of twists and turns, triumphs and setbacks, celebrations and sadness.

We have chosen to pay tribute to those unique lives with an ever-changing montage of their photographic memorabilia, a tapestry of wonderful and diverse memories we can all share. Thank you to all those that have shared their memories with us.

 

Our Origins

Southern Cross Care is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation registered under the Queensland Government ‘Associations Incorporation Act’. The Knights of the Southern Cross, an Australia wide organisation of Catholic laymen, founded the organisation, originally called Southern Cross Homes for the Aged Inc.

The Aged Care wing of the Knights of the Southern Cross was originally established in Western Australia in the mid 1960s. Other states followed the lead and the Queensland branch was first formed in Brisbane in 1967.

Southern Cross Care operates autonomously in each state, providing residential and community care services to several thousand elderly and disabled persons throughout Australia. While each is autonomous, there does exist Southern Cross Care Australia, a think tank comprising the Chairpersons and CEO’s of each State. This allows us on an Australia wide basis to share knowledge, experience and expertise.

Queensland opened its first hostel, Archbishop Duhig Court at Holland Park in 1978 and in August 2001 we changed our name to Southern Cross Care (Qld) Inc to reflect our broader role. We now have 5 retirement villages, 11 aged care facilities and operate Community Services across South East Queensland, supporting the aged and the disabled in their own homes.

As you will appreciate all that we have achieved would not have happened without assistance from our many supporters, the Archdiocesan Development Fund, our Southern Cross Care (Qld) members, our fundraisers (Knights of the Southern Cross) and of course our loyal staff.

 

Pride in our past, Faith in our future.

Southern Cross Care Queensland is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation established by the Knights of the Southern Cross, an Australia wide organisation of Catholic laymen, to meet the growing demand for aged care.

Southern Cross Care was built on the best foundations any organisation can have: the solid rock of guiding principles originally set up by the Knights of the Southern Cross and exemplified in the phrase, Valuing and Respecting Human Life. This is the purest expression of the Catholic values that lie within us all.

Since opening our first hostel, in 1978 there has been a great deal of change in the delivery of Care services to the community. While times have changed, there has been no change in our unwavering commitment to the provision of the highest quality services, and the care, love and respect that we offer to those who choose to come to live with us or use our services.

 

The right decision at the right time

Preparing for your future is all about making informed decisions when your circumstances change. Southern Cross Care is one of the most experienced operators in seniors’ lifestyles and aged care and we have learned over the long journey that every case is different so it can never be a one size fits all. That’s why we offer you a full range of options. Traditional retirement living, residential care in one of our custom-built facilities and home-delivered care; add to those options wide choices of price, location and architectural styles and we become the complete one-stop solution for everyone faced with life-changing decisions.

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Experience and expertise 

Our organisation was founded on unshakeable Catholic values built around valuing and respecting human lives. Our role is to support people in the choices they make for their health, well-being and general living. 

Our values are: 

Trust, Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, Empathy and Accountability. 

Our large and dedicated team of seniors’ living and aged care professionals believe in our values and endeavour to always deliver the best in care, support, therapy, general maintenance and administration. 

It’s been this way at Southern Cross Care for nearly 40 years from the opening of our first hostel in Holland Park to now where we have close to 500 independent living units and over 630 residential care places. We are the name behind the home of many hundreds of Queenslanders. 

Speaking of homes, much of our care is now home-delivered which adds many more hundreds to our Southern Cross Care community. 

Our future looks as equally exciting as our past with the opening of brilliant new facilities, including a very special development at Holland Park, where it all began. We have built strong partnerships on the journey including staunch support from the Archdiocesan Development Fund Queensland. 

As you would expect, we are a not for profit organisation so our surplus revenue go back to our clients through better health and well being initiatives and projects. 

Advanced Care Planning

Our Advanced Care Planning facilitators consider it a privilege to be able to have a conversation with you and your chosen representative inclusive of the broader health care teams and GP to inform the decisions you make in how you choose to live life. this supports your wishes to be communicated and respected if you are unable to do this yourself in the future.

Australian Charity and not for profit register

Southern Cross Care Queensland is a proud participant in the Australian Charity and Not for Profit register. Click the logo to find out more.

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