Nursing’s modern day miracle workers doing it tough

Welcome to the world of the Brown Nurses, an intriguing benevolent organisation unknown to most except those who require its services.

For almost 100 years, this unsung group of volunteers, sisters and registered nurses have gone about doing the work inspired by someone whom many Catholics consider to be a Sydney saint-in-waiting.

Based in Glebe, Coogee, Minto and Newcastle, they provide health, welfare and advocacy services to severely marginalised individuals and families.

Many of their clients are suffering the debilitating effects of mental illness, physical disability, chronic addictions or a combination of all three. Being on the Brown Nurses’ books is their last chance to live independently — via

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