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.