The Koala Hospital and Study Centre at Port Macquarie, licensed under the Koala Preservation Society Australia Incorporated, is the world’s FIRST veterinary facility dedicated solely to the care, protection and conservation of Australia’s iconic koala.
Situated in the grounds of Roto House Historic Site we are just five minutes from the CBD. The Koala Hospital is a registered charity run by volunteers that does not receive any government funding.
Joining as a Member
Become a supporting member or local working member. You can also become a member of ‘Friends of the Koala Hospital’.
Objectives of the Association:
- The preservation and care of wild koalas.
- The preservation and expansion of habitat of wild koalas.
- The collection of information for research relating to habitat, disease, nutrition and habits of wild koalas and the recording of same.
- To rescue and treat sick and injured koalas and to record details and case histories and release back to home range if possible.
- To provide educational material, to increase public awareness of all aspects of the koala.
- Protection of the wild koala population through liaison with local councils, State Government departments and private property owners.
- Hold a fundraiser at your place or maybe a car boot sale or garage sale.
Make a Bequest
If you are interested in making a Bequest in your will, please click here for more information.
Local volunteers are the backbone of the Koala Hospital and have been since 1973. The facility would not function without them. The Koala Hospital Volunteers are all members of the Koala Preservation Society Australia and make themselves available for all tasks in and around the Koala Hospital.
Koala care: feeding, caring, nursing, rescuing and releasing koalas.
Also volunteers can help with habitat, education, maintenance, kiosk, fundraising or administration.
Overseas volunteers apply and spend one month or more working in the Koala Hospital. Age is no barrier and we have welcomed people from countries such as Germany, Poland, England, Canada, Hong Kong, Andorra, Japan, Switzerland, and Holland. These volunteers share their experiences when they return to their country.
"The koalas were indeed the star attraction, but the people added so much to our experience. The volunteers and staff at the hospital are like a family, and they welcomed us with open arms. We made friends during our time there who we‘re still in contact with, and in that way it‘s like a part of us is still there.
I was so taken by these people who dedicate not only their time but their caring and whatever resources they can. From the casual volunteers who help out now and then to the people able to give more of their time – some of them even looking after joeys in their own homes – I was truly inspired by the level of dedication shown to the koalas."
Feeling warm and fuzzy
- Tuesday, 12 March 2013
An article in the Sun Herald March 10, 2013Nina Karnikowski Travel Writer
Nina Karnikowski decides it's high time to get cuddly with an Aussie favourite.I’ve never touched a koala. As an Australian, I’m almost ashamed to admit it. It seems on par with never having eaten a Vegemite sandwich, never...
New York City premiere of the Documentary 'Koala Hospital'
- Tuesday, 29 January 2013
According to Susan Kelly, koalas have become "urban refugees," under siege by expanding cities that bring with them deforestation, dogs, traffic, and other ills for native wildlife. Director of Global Briefing, and writer, producer and director of the new documentary Koala Hospital, Susan Kelly...
Sydney University Research
- Sunday, 18 November 2012
The work that the Koala Hospital has hosted has been fantastic and the effort and assistance provided by the whole organization but particularly by Cheyne and all the volunteers over the years with Jo and also our other PhD students, has been truly magnificent. I know how disruptive and...