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Support Organisations

Diocese Support Network

Name & Website Contact Details

CatholicCare Social Services (formerly Centacare)

These are just some of the services offered by Centacare:

  • Counselling – relationship and family issues.
  • Early intervention service.
  • Regional family dispute resolution service.
  • Relationship education.
  • Centacare Psychology Clinic Toowoomba & Warwick.
  • South West QLD Psychology Services.
  • Drought Counselling.
  • Centacare Employment & Training.
  • Toowoomba Refugee & Migrant Support Centre (TRAMS).
  • Safer Families Support Service Roma
  • Toowoomba Community Justice Group, including WHADDUP.
Kate Venables, Director
PO Box 1733, Toowoomba 4350
Phone:  1300 477 433    |    Fax:  07 4638 2644

Caritas ~ Toowoomba

Caritas Australia is the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development in Australia. The organisation is part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world for the poorest of the poor in over 200 countries and territories.

We are a non-government international aid and development agency that supports long-term development programs in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, East Timor, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific ? helping oppressed people to rediscover their dignity by taking a greater control over their lives and overcoming poverty.

PO Box 334, Toowoomba 4350
Phone:  07 4638 7977

Catholic Missions
PO Box 2368, Toowoomba  QLD  4350
Phone:  07 4688 3154   |   Fax:  07 4632 8340

Hospital and Aged Care Chaplaincy

Including Toowoomba Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Baillie Henderson Hospital and Lourdes Home.

Fr Darrell Irvine
0418 112 193

Pastoral Care in Health Care

We offer emotional and spiritual care and support, mainly through attentive listening to patients, their families, friends and staff in times of sickness, dying, trauma and crisis.

We recognise the dignity and worth of each person, accept the faith position of that person, and when requested facilitate visits by that person’s faith representative.

Nicole Rangiira
C/- Toowoomba Base Hospital,
Toowoomba  Q  4350
Phone:  07 4616 6415

Rosies Friends on the Street


Rosies reaches out to those most abandoned, to be present with them, offering them experiences of community and belonging.

For Toowoomba branch outreach locations and times visit

Phone:  1300 767 437

Social Justice Commission

“Embracing action for Social Justice” – Established in 2002 by the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, forms part of the commitment to action for social justice.

Current priorities are justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; support for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants; and caring for the environment.

Mark Copland
PO Box 1262, Toowoomba  QLD 4350
Phone:  07 4613 0895

Special Education for Disabilities
SPRED – Special Religious Development

We are all “pilgrim people living God’s dream”.
SPRED seeks to ensure that people with an intellectual or developmental disability are supported in their religious, spiritual, social and emotional development. While recognizing their individual value, attributes and contributions to society and the church.

Loretta Coman
PO Box 1156, Toowoomba  QLD  4350
Phone:  07 4632 8427

Truth Justice & Healing Council

The experts tell us that healing only begins when trust is established. Trust is based on truth. Truth comes packaged in honesty and humility. This is the disposition the Truth Justice and Healing Council takes into the Royal Commission as we lead the Church’s legal representation, as we act as the Church’s voice in the public arena and as we make recommendations to the Church leadership on improving child safety and responding to victims.

The 13 members of the Council includes men and women with professional and other expertise in the areas of child sexual abuse, paedophilia, trauma, mental illness, suicide, education, public administration and governance.
It includes three representatives from Church bodies and four people who have either been the subject of clerical sexual abuse or have family members who have been abused within Church organisations.

We will work with the Catholic community and Church leaders to ensure by the end of the Commission, which will run for many years, we can say we have done everything possible to tell the full story and that we are doing all we can to ensure children are safe now.

Phone:  02 6234 0900


Other Groups

Name & Website Contact Details

Mercy Family Care

MFS Toowoomba offers a continuum of care.  We encompass Foster and Kinship Care, Intensive Intervention, Family Intervention, Family Contact Facilitation, Supported Independent Living, Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Program, Settlement Grants Program, and an award-winning Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) Program.

MFS in collaboration with RAILS (Refugee & Immigration Legal Service) provide Family Reunion Information Sessions.  Click here for more information.

Mercy Family Services

St Vincent de Paul Society

The Society aspires to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity, offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

The Toowoomba Diocesan Central Council covers four regions ? Toowoomba, Warwick, Dalby and Roma.  Our Activities include :-

    • Home Visitations and Emergency Relief
    • Hospital, Prison, Nursing Home Visitations
    • Vinnies Centres
    • Disability Support
    • Community Housing Program
    • Hostel Accommodation
    • Transport and Shopping Service
    • Cornerstone Program ? Warwick (homeless men)
Kevin Byrne
Phone:  4699 5200

St Vincent Private Hospital Pastoral Care Phone 4690 4000