MercyCare applauds the Western Australian Government’s apology to young single mothers whose babies were adopted out during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. This was a widespread practice in Australia: in Western Australia it took place at a number of public and private health facilities, including St Anne’s Hospital (now Mercy Hospital Mt Lawley) and at St Gerard’s Maternity Hospital, Wembley.
Patient care and hospital governance during this period was undertaken by the Perth Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded and operated St Anne’s until 1999, and also St Gerard’s during its existence.
We congratulate the Sisters of Mercy for their recent acknowledgement of and response to the suffering of these women and their children.
Today, MercyCare (which assumed governance of the former St Anne’s Hospital in 1999) provides a comprehensive range of maternity services at Mercy Hospital, Mt Lawley. Our aim is to support mothers, fathers and their babies and families.
MercyCare is fully supportive of a public apology to all the mothers who were so adversely affected by these past adoption practices and regrets the trauma caused to them and their children. In recognition of this we have provided support to these mothers who were former patients in our hospitals. MercyCare now operate a range of services including those that support single parent families.
MercyCare has a dedicated phone line and email address for those seeking additional information or wishing to speak to an appropriate person regarding their experiences. Discretion and privacy is assured: Phone 1800 889 394 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org