The Brown Nurses is an independent ministry of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

Established in 2008, it provides in-home care and support to the disadvantaged and marginalised in the Sydney Local Government Area.

Many of its patients suffer debilitating mental and physical illnesses and are at risk of homelessness. Being in the care of the Brown Nurses is their last chance to live independently.

By providing holistic care and trusting relationships, this important ministry offers hope and compassion to people who, for whatever reason, have little. Support is offered in line with the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church, which upholds the dignity of the individual and their right to fullness of life.

The Brown Nurses is funded by Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor with the generous support of benefactors. It is governed by a Board of Directors, in accordance with its constitution as a company limited by guarantee.

If you would like to refer a patient to the care of the Brown Nurses, please contact our Director of Services to determine the suitability of our service offering and our capacity to assist.



To be considered for assistance, potential clients must:

  • Be poor, marginalised and at risk of homelessness
  • Be unable to access mainstream health and welfare services necessary for their well-being and safety
  • Be confined to home because of physical and/or mental disability
  • Reside within the boundaries of the Sydney Local Government Area
  • Be willing to accept our services

Please note that the Brown Nurses is not an acute medical or mental health nursing service. Referrals, especially for clients with complex care needs, should not be made at the point of discharge from hospital without prior discussion.




Read Brown Nurses newsletter – December 2023



For further reading, visit our resources page where you can discover more about the Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor, Eileen O'Connor, Fr Edward (Ted) McGrath and the work of the Brown Nurses.

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