Royal Children's Hospital

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Royal Children's Hospital
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.jpg
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°47′42″S 144°56′59″E / 37.79500°S 144.94972°E / -37.79500; 144.94972Coordinates: 37°47′42″S 144°56′59″E / 37.79500°S 144.94972°E / -37.79500; 144.94972
Care system Medicare
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Beds 334
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1870, 2011 present site

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is a major children's hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

As a major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, the Royal Children's Hospital provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.[1]

The hospital is the designated statewide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.

Its campus partners are the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, which are based onsite with the hospital.

The hospital is surrounded by the parkland of Royal Park, with views of trees and lots of natural light.


The hospital was established in 1870 and moved to its present site in Parkville on the corner of Flemington Road and Gatehouse Street in 1963.

The Royal Children's Hospital was founded by Doctors John Singleton and William Smith, in response to their serious concerns about infant mortality in the fledgling city of Melbourne. The original "Free Hospital for Sick Children" was set up in a small house at 39 Stephen Street (now 49 Exhibition Street) and treated more than 1,000 children in its first year of operation.[2]

New RCH site[edit]

In 2005, the Victorian State Government announced plans to build a brand new 334-bed home for RCH adjacent to the current site.[3]

The winning bid of the redevelopment is led by Babcock & Brown with architects Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects. HKS Inc. Architects of Dallas, Texas provided Pediatric Design and Planning Services and consulting engineers Norman Disney & Young. Work commenced on the site in late 2007, and was complete in late 2011, opened by the Queen on her Royal Tour.[4] Demolition of the old site was complete by December 2012, after the transition to the new facility. Patients were moved into the new hospital in November 2011.[5] After the move, much of the old site was turned back into parkland, creating a new gateway to Royal Park.[6] Landscaping of the park was complete by 2015.

Good Friday Appeal[edit]

The Good Friday Appeal is held annually to raise money for the hospital. It has been broadcast on the Seven TV network for 52 years. The goal of the Appeal is to ensure that children with life-threatening illnesses receive the best possible medical and clinical care.[7]

The 2009 Appeal raised $13,862,734.[8] The 2010 Appeal raised $14,462,000.[9] The 2011 Appeal raised $15,156,000. The 2012 Appeal raised $15,820,640. The 2013 appeal raised $16,405,534.65.[10] The 2016 Appeal, raised $17,445,624.[citation needed]

A new record was set at the 2017 Appeal, raising $17,605,662.

Centre for Adolescent Health, Gender Service[edit]

The RCH Centre for Adolescent Health, Gender Service provides a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, care and treatment of Gender Dysphoria[11] for children aged 3 to 17 years.[12][13] In 2003 it received 1 referral,[14] increasing to 7 referrals in 2007. In 2015 it was expected that there would be more than 150 referrals, with a one-year waiting list. The Andrews government said it will spend an extra $6 million over four years to reduce waiting times.[15][16] During 2016 the gender clinic is expecting to receive at least 250 referrals.[17]

A joint study by the Royal Children's Hospital and the Monash Medical Centre, found for a cohort of children with gender identity disorder, the condition persisted in only 16% of cases, into adolescence and adulthood.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Royal Children's Hospital : About The Royal Children's Hospital". Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dr John Singleton 1808-1891 : Christian, doctor, philanthropist / Roslyn Otzen. - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  3. ^ "The Royal Children's Hospital : The Royal Children's Hospital" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  4. ^ "The Queen officially opens the new Royal Children's Hospital | RCH News". 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Patients ready to move into the brand new Royal Children's Hospital | RCH News". 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2] Good Friday Appeal > About Us at the Wayback Machine (archived May 4, 2009)
  8. ^ "Good Friday Appeal". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  9. ^ Lillebuen, Steve (3 April 2010). "Vic Good Friday Appeal sets new record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Victorians raise $16.4m for the kids as part of Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Brigid O'Connell, March 30, 2013, Herald Sun
  11. ^ "RCH Centre for Adolescent Health, Gender Service". May 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Wade, Matthew (21 April 2016). "Victorian government will spend 15 million in state budget to create first ever pride centre". Star Observer. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Devine, Miranda (27 April 2016). "Transgenderism: Has anybody seen my girl?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Stark, Jill (6 July 2014). "Calls to help sex-change kids as demand for gender reassignment soars". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Preiss, Benjamin (31 May 2015). "Royal Children's Hospital transgender unit gets $6m boost to cut waiting list". The Age. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Davey, Melissa (1 June 2015). "Transgender unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's hospital gets $6m boost". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Taylor, Josie (5 July 2016). "Chief Justice vows change to 'traumatic' court process for transgender children". ABC News. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Hewitt, Jacqueline; et al. (2012). "Hormone treatment of gender identity disorder in a cohort of children and adolescents". Medical Journal of Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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