Monash Children's Hospital

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Monash Children's Hospital
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hospital type Paediatric
Affiliated university Monash Medical Centre, Monash University Faculty of Medicine
Beds 240
Founded As Queen Victoria Hospital in 1896
Lists Hospitals in Australia

Monash Children’s Hospital is a major paediatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia. It has a tertiary site based at Monash Medical Centre Clayton, and also has wards contained within Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital. The hospital administrators are Monash Health, Victoria’s largest public health service.[1]

It is Australia’s third-largest paediatric health service by volume of patients treated.[2]

Facilities and services[edit]

Monash Children’s Hospital’s three sites have a total of 240 paediatric beds. This includes Victoria’s only paediatric intensive care beds outside of the Royal Children’s Hospital, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, three Special Care Nurseries, the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre and specialised paediatric emergency department facilities.[3] Monash Children's Cancer Centre provides oncological treatment for 30% of Victoria's paediatric cancer patients.[4]

Monash Children’s Hospital houses Victoria’s only children’s sleep research facility, and the state's only Thalassaemia treatment unit, only centre for foetal surgery, and only facility for paediatric cardiac electrophysiology.[5]

Mental health services include outpatient clinics to assess and manage mothers and their infants. There are inpatient and outpatient mental health services for patients up to 18 years, as well as their families.[6]

The hospital performs a number of pro bono surgical cases each year for children from developing countries, particularly cases requiring cardiac intervention or neurological surgery.[7][8][9][10] A Ronald McDonald House is located alongside Monash Children's Hospital, allowing families from regional and rural areas to stay close to their children during treatment.[11]

As of 2012, Monash Children’s Hospital employed nearly 200 doctors and over 300 full-time nurses.[12]

New Monash Children's Hospital[edit]

In November 2012 the Victorian Government committed to building a stand-alone facility to house Monash Children's Hospital at a site directly alongside Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. The construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.[13] The need for a second purpose-built major paediatric service in Victoria became apparent after reports showed that the current Monash Children's Hospital admits nearly 85% as many patients as the Royal Children's Hospital.[14][15][16] Victorian Minister for Health David Davis said that the population boom in the South-East corridor of Melbourne meant the construction of a new 230-bed hospital was overdue.[17]


In 2009 a team of clinicians at Monash Children’s Hospital made international headlines[18] after they pioneered a world-first treatment for molybednum cofactor deficiency type A. The treatment was first used to treat ‘Baby Z’, who became the first person ever born with the condition to survive without sustaining brain damage.[19]


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  19. ^ "Doctor cures baby in world-first". 5 November 2009. Retrieved 29/11/12. 

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