Our History

At Xavier, we have a long, proud and interesting history. From humble beginnings, we have been supporting children with complex disabilities and their families in Brisbane for over 65 years. Here’s our journey so far.

Our History

1951

The Xavier Society purchased a weather
board house, with a view to turning it into
a home for children who had suffered
from polio in the early post-war years.

1952

The Franciscan Missionaries
of Mary became responsible
for the home and all of its
services.

1954

Another weatherboard building was
acquired, the sisters were trained as
nurses, physiotherapists and teachers to
take care of the children.

1958

Plans were in place for a new brick
hospital and fundraising started.

1960

The first brick extension was completed.
One of the original wooden buildings was
demolished, the other used as a convent.

1969

The hospital become known as “Xavier
Hospital for Children” and an Advisory
Board was established.

1970

Xavier Hospital Special School opened
with two teachers and 28 students.
Classes were held in rooms of the
hospital building.

1979

Hospital facilities were extended
with a kindergarten and teenage
apartment.

1980

A library and indoor swimming
pool, additional classrooms and a
physiotherapy area became operational.

1990

Xavier moved towards establishing
a range of community and respite
services for children.

1992

Xavier adopted a new philosophy and mission based on a flexible, individualised community model.  We provided accommodation and respite support services to children with multiple disabilities and their families.

1996

Xavier relocated to Pine Mountain
Road, Mt Gravatt East a location more
fitting to the new community model.

1999

Office opened in Aspley to provide more localised services to famliies based in Brisbane's Northside.

2002-2006

Xavier ran a high tech program providing care for children with tracheostomies and ventilators.

2003

Xavier became an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

2016

Xavier Children's Support Network launched new trading name InFocus Disability Services.

2017

InFocus became a registered provider under the new NDIS.

2018

InFocus revert to the name Xavier, reflecting our heritage and commitment to enabling families. Our multi-discliplinary team grows as we expand our services to better support families.