Headed by Professor David McIntyre, Mater Clinical Unit is based within Mater Hospital and Health Services in South Brisbane. The Mater Health Services is a network of seven hospitals with more than 8,000 staff, caring for more than 600,000 patients each year. 

Mater Hospital is steeped in history and has its basis from a few Irish Catholic nuns from the turn of last century. There is an onsite museum which will give you an insight into the rich culture of this historical hospital.

The spiritual power of healing inspired the Sisters of Mercy to pioneer public health services in Brisbane by funding their services to the poor from the revenue of the first Mater Private Hospital, established in 1906.

Continuing to provide compassionate healthcare in response to changing community needs, Mater Health Services comprises several hospitals, health centres, a world-class medical research institute and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide Exceptional Care. Our concerted pursuit of innovation—to discover, improve, adopt and adapt—differentiates Mater as a leader in the areas of health, education and research.  By integrating these fields into the delivery of exceptional healthcare services, Mater is committed to the development and maintenance of healthy communities. Mater is dedicated to providing healthcare services through a sincere commitment to our core values of Mercy, Dignity, Care, Commitment and Quality.

Mater offers secondary and tertiary level services across a wide spectrum of ages and for a wide variety of medical and surgical disorders. Women's Health is very well represented at the Mater site. High level specialist services are also provided for adult patients, particularly in the areas of transitional care for chronic disease and oncology.

Evidence-based practice is strongly encouraged at Mater through the Cochrane Collaboration and Mater Research, an institute that is active in basic science and translational research in haematology, oncology and mucosal diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Perinatal and childhood research programs are also well developed. More recently, UQ has partnered with Mater Research to establish the Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ). The alliance brings together two leading institutions to achieve the best possible research discoveries in health and medicine.

Almost 150 students from across four years of the medical program undertake clinical training at Mater Clinical Unit every year. 

Why Mater?

  • Varied case load and clinical experiences: Mater Health services includes a number of hospitals including the Mater Adult Hospital (262 beds); Mater Mothers' Hospital (88 public beds; 79 neonatal cots; 4800 deliveries per year); Mater Private Hospital (402 beds)
  • Coverage of disciplines and specialties: Mater boasts tertiary level care across all disciplines, with coverage of all specialties in neonates, women's health, adults and aged care.
  • New state-of-the-art hospital: students will complete their clinical experience in a new state of the art facility which features 88 public and 90 private maternity beds and 16 birthing rooms.
  • Opportunities to enhance your learning online: students can access online professional development and clinical education programs to enhance clinical learning
  • Onsite UQ Library access: Utilise the UQ library resources on site at the UQ/McCauley library.
  • Cafes and thriving campus life: Access to staff facilities including a new cafe which offers a wide range of affordable meals there is also easy access to Southbank with a wide range of eateries within a short walk.
  • Onsite research facilities: The Mater Medical Research Institute is particularly active in basic science and translational research in the areas of haematology, oncology and mucosal diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Perinatal and childhood research programs are also well developed.

Academic Title Holders

UQ Medicine is proud to acknowledge that our provision of high quality medical education and research would not be possible without the work of our hospital and clinic-based health professionals. At Mater Clinical Unit, our clinical training and research is supported by numerous health professionals who hold an Academic Title with UQ.

Find out more about Academic Titles at UQ.

Location and Lifestyle

The Mater Clinical Unit is situated in the Mater Hospitals precinct at South Brisbane and is close to major rail and bus stations.

About South Brisbane
Nowhere else in Brisbane epitomises the radical urban renewal projects quite like the South Brisbane precinct. Since hosting the World Expo, this area has become the very heart and soul of Brisbane's entertainment and cultural precinct, a magnet for visitors and residents alike with its beautifully landscaped and themed areas.

Find out more about Living in Brisbane.


Professor David Mclntyre MD, FRACP
Head, Mater Clinical Unit and Head, Discipline of Medicine  
Phone: +61 7 3163 3641
Email: h.d.mcintyre@uq.edu.au
Address: Mater Clinical School, Mater Hospitals,  South Brisbane

Ellice Ablitt
Clinical Unit Team Leader
Phone: +61 7 3163 3642
Email:  med.mcutl@uq.edu.au
Address: Mater Clinical Unit, Level One Whitty Building, Mater Hospital, South Brisbane