John James Memorial Foundation

John James Foundation

Corporate History

For 40 years from its incorporation in 1966, until October 2006, the John James Foundation built, expanded and operated Canberra’s largest private hospital in Deakin, ACT, on a not-for-profit basis.  However,  increasing financial pressures in the years leading up to 2006, brought about by many factors including the rapidly changing nature of the healthcare industry, meant it became uneconomic for the Foundation to continue to operate the hospital.                                                                                                                                                                           

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The hospital business (but not the land and buildings) was sold to Calvary Private Healthcare Canberra Limited and has become part of the group of hospitals run by Little Company of Mary Health Care.  The John James Foundation continues to own all of the hospital land and buildings, now known as the John James Healthcare Campus, at 173 Strickland Crescent in Deakin, ACT.  The hospital buildings are leased, on a long term basis, to Calvary Private Healthcare Canberra Ltd.


The John James Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and being recognised as a Health Promotion Charity by the Australian Taxation Office, is a tax free not-for-profit charity and a deductible gift recipient.  It has approximately 140 Specialist Medical Practitioner Members and a Board of nine consisting of a majority of Specialist Members.  The John James Foundation has a small, dedicated staff, with an office in the Peter Yorke Building on the John James Healthcare Campus, Strickland Crescent, Deakin, ACT.

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The John James Foundation is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) as shown by the logo. Click the logo to go to the ACNC Charity Register.


The company was known as The John James Memorial Hospital Ltd until 20 June 2007 when it changed its name to John James Memorial Foundation Ltd to better reflect its activities.  The John James Foundation adopted a new company Constitution from 12 June 2007 which provides a broad charter to undertake charitable activities within the health care area. While ‘memorial’ remains part of the Foundation’s registered name, for everyday purposes we use John James Foundation.

The Foundation’s objectives broadly encompass the promotion, prevention and control of diseases and the relief of suffering. Its scope includes the practice and study of, and education and training in, medical and dental sciences and the provision of healthcare equipment and facilities.

The Foundation’s mission is to be well established and widely recognised as a leading charitable healthcare organisation through the provision of specialist medical facilities, support and services to those in need.

Future Operations

Given the specialist medical membership of the John James Foundation and its prior activities  and expertise, the Board, in consultation with Members, determined the future should be clearly linked to the goal of providing specialist medical facilities, services and equipment on a charitable basis.

photoNatalie Ranger on PC trip with indigenous womanThe current focus of the Foundation’s programs is rural and remote Australia and developing countries where there is a clearly identified shortage of specialist health services. The Foundation also supports the Canberra region community with the ongoing provision of high quality specialist health care through Calvary John James Hospital.

Through a range of public and private partnerships, the use of our skills and financial resources, and with the generous support of our specialist Members, the John James Foundation is in a unique position to assist, on a charitable basis, with the need for specialist health services and facilities in the broader Australian community.

Strategic Plan

The Foundation has developed a Strategic Plan to guide its activities in the period 2014-2019. The Strategic Plan is available here: JJF Strategic Plan

Financial Position & Donations

The John James Foundation has as its major assets the John James Healthcare Campus at 173 Strickland Crescent, Deakin, ACT, and an adjoining property at 63 Denison Street, Deakin ACT. These properties provide an income stream from a number of mostly medical tenants that will ensure the long term future of the John James Foundation and its charitable operations.

If you are considering a donation or bequest in favour of the Foundation, there is guidance available about Bequests and information and an online facility for recurring donations or one-time donations.

You can find a copy of our Annual Reports here and Newsletters here.

As a deductible gift recipient, all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. You can donate or get more information by clicking on the links below.


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The Foundation’s status as a registered charity is shown by use of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) logo.  Click on the logo to go to the ACNC Charity Register.



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