What we do

A Centre of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and St. Vincents & Mater Health, Sydney.

The Plunkett Centre studies ethical issues in health care and biomedical research.

The Centre was formally established in 1992 on the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, and Australian Catholic University.

It is named after John Hubert Plunkett (1802-1869), the first Catholic Solicitor-General and Attorney-General of the colony of New South Wales and a great friend and benefactor of the first Sisters of Charity in Australia. The centre is located on the Darlinghurst Campus of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

The Mission of the Plunkett Centre is to promote the values of compassion and fellowship, intellectual and professional excellence, and fairness and justice. Its primary focus is on the realisation of these values in the provision and the allocation of health care. The Centre expresses this commitment through research, teaching and community engagement, and by bringing a Catholic perspective to all its endeavours.