About Us

The Royal Children's Hospital is a specialist paediatric hospital and provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and adolescents. The hospital is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, and also cares for children from Tasmania and southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.

As the major paediatric hospital in Victoria, the Royal Children's Hospital provides clinical, academic and advocacy services for children and young people throughout the state. It is internationally recognised as a leading centre for research and education

About Us

In its role as a leading paediatric teaching centre, the hospital has affiliations with the University of Melbourne and LaTrobe University & links with other universities in post graduate studies.

The Royal Children's Hospital has a strong commitment to research. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is based at the Royal Children's Hospital providing a bench to bedside process within our site.

Patients are referred to the Royal Children's Hospital from all over Australia and the Asia-Pacific rim countries.

The hospital was established in 1870 and has been located on its present site at Parkville in Melbourne, Australia since 1963. In 06/07 it treated approx. 35,000 in-patients, 190,000 children attended outpatient appointments and 60,000 children presented at our emergency department.


The Royal Children's Hospital's commitment to research has been evident since the establishment in 1960 of the RCH Research Foundation, later the RCH Research Institute.

The Murdoch Institute operated in parallel with the RCHRI at Royal Children's Hospital until the two merged in 2000 to form the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute .

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is based at the Royal Children's Hospital and provides a dedicated research precinct on site. The institute encompasses laboratory, clinical and public health approaches in its work. The collaboration and integration between research and clinical care result in better research, and better health care for children and young people.children and young people.

Careers at The Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children's Hospital is committed to caring for the health of children and adolescents and is the only hospital in Victoria dedicated to paediatric care. As a result RCH offers a range of exciting employment opportunities to people who care about our youth.

The hospital seeks to employ health professionals in a variety of medical, nursing and allied health fields.

We also employ professionals with health experience for our shared services departments such as executive, finance, information services, corporate counsel, public affairs and human resources.

Please look at our current job opportunities and apply to join one of the worlds most outstanding paediatric hospitals.

How can you help?

There are many ways you can help us at the Royal Children's Hospital. Your help is always greatly. Please contact us on one of the numbers, or visit one of the web sites appreciated below:

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