Paul Joseph Ramsay AO 1936-2014

Paul Ramsay was a leading Australian businessman. After starting out as a land surveyor in Bowral, NSW, Paul established a private psychiatric clinic in Sydney in 1964. From this beginning, Ramsay Health Care continued to grow through the 1970s and 80s, building and acquiring hospitals across Australia, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong.

In 1997, Ramsay Health Care successfully floated on the Australian Stock Exchange. It is now one of the world’s largest private hospital operators, with 480 facilities across 11 countries. It employs more than 77,000 staff, treats over eight million patients each year, and is well respected in the healthcare industry for operating high quality private hospitals. 

In addition to his influential role in healthcare, Paul was one of the initiators of regional television aggregation in Australia. He built stations across regional Australia, which today form the Prime Television Network which has a potential audience of more than 5.1 million people. 

Throughout his career, Paul was a generous benefactor to a variety of educational, cultural, artistic and sporting organisations, and formed the Paul Ramsay Group, which encompassed a range of other business interests including media, property and agribusiness. 

In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Paul was conferred an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community. In 2006, he established the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

At the time of his death in 2014, Paul was the chairman and major shareholder of Ramsay Health Care Limited, Prime Media Group Limited and the Paul Ramsay Group.

He is remembered by his friends, family, colleagues and employees as a true gentleman and a proud but humble Australian.

Our Values

Initiatives supported by the Foundation reflect the humility, integrity and values of our founder, Paul Ramsay.

We are proud of what we have achieved by putting these values to work and they will continue to guide us.

Respect for people

We value people and honest relationships with our colleagues, partners and peers.

Learning and curiosity

We believe everyone has something to learn and something to contribute. We are informed by evidence and by the learnings and stories of those we support.


We are loyal to our partners and will invest in building their strengths.


We know we must be bold if we are to create lasting change.