The Blue Nursing Service started when just one nurse, Olive Smith from the West End Methodist Mission in Brisbane, took a tram to visit a patient in their own home. Today our people make more than three million visits each year, in 80 communities throughout Queensland. Along the way, our services have expanded to include aged care homes, disability supports and retirement living, while always putting our customers and their families first.


Here are some major milestones in our evolution to become one of Queensland’s largest and most-trusted providers of in-home care, residential aged care, disability services, independent and supported retirement living, and allied health services.

Timeline

1953

The first Blue Nurse, Sister Olive Crombie, travels by tram to tend to her patients, an initiative of the West End Methodist Church, led by the Reverend Arthur Preston.

1957

The Blue Nursing Service rapidly expands and diversifies to meet communities’ needs. Blue Care’s first residential facility “Greenhaven” is opened at Labrador on the Gold Coast.

1958

First fundraising ‘door knock’ appeal.

1972

One million yearly visits made for the first time.

1973

The number, range and size of Blue Care’s services and facilities expand to keep up with demand. The Blue Nursing Service is the second-largest home nursing service in the nation, with 35 services operating.

1977

The Blue Nursing Service comes under the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod.

1979

Fleet Operator is appointed to look after the Blue Care Fleet.

1986

First year that $1 million was raised through fundraising. Fundraising and bequests go a long way to bridging the gap between the funding we receive and the services we provide.

1987

Blue Nursing’s services dramatically expand to include allied health, palliative care and much more. 674 Blue Nurses deliver services throughout Queensland.

1999

Community needs are met with a full spectrum of care. The Blue Nursing Service is changed to Blue Care.

2009

Blue Care receives the Premier’s Award as a ‘Queensland Great’. Blue Care is recognised as being a Q150 icon.

2012

Azure Blue Redcliffe first integrated site opens, integrating residential aged care, community care and retirement living services on the one site.

2013

Seamless, integrated, person-centred care as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. Blue Care’s 10,000-strong team of staff and volunteers deliver care to 13,000 people every day.

2014

Blue Care receives the Organisation Award for the 2014 Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Queensland Aged Care Awards, celebrating excellence across the not-for-profit aged and community care sector.

2015

Blue Care is inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in recognition of our national leadership and outstanding contribution to developing world-class services in aged care throughout Queensland communities.

2018

We celebrated our 65th anniversary.

Today

Today our people make more than three million visits to Queenslanders each year, providing the same holistic care, service and companionship that has been our hallmark from the very beginning.

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