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The RCH Medical Alumni was established many years ago, as a group of medical and dental staff who had worked either as trainees or as consultants at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Initially the organisation was universally known as “The RCH Medical Alumni”, but in more recent times it has tended to be referred to more loosely as “The RCH Alumni”, as a number of members are not Medical.
We are a group of professionals who have spent at least part of our working life at The Royal Children's Hospital Campus. We wish to maintain and develop friendships made during our working life. We also seek to promote the wellbeing of the hospital. We do this by encouraging eligible individuals to join the Alumni and to participate in our activities. These include 4 - 5 luncheons (approximately every three months) with a guest speaker, attendance at the RCH functions such as grand rounds and special lectures arranged by the hospital and an end of the year Gala Dinner. Through our newsletters, we aim to disseminate news of the activities and interests of our members.
The RCH Alumni welcomes as members medical and dental graduates who have been on staff at The Royal Children’s Hospital Campus, as well as professional and scientific former senior staff who have worked at the RCH. Membership is open to staff of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, including the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service, and the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics.
The spouse or partner of a deceased member is entitled to continuing membership.
Applications for membership are invited from eligible individuals who have retired, reached the age of 65, or have taken up appointments at other institutions, but wish to retain a link with RCH through membership of the Alumni
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The Executive Committee for 2018-2019 is Dr Hugo Gold (President), Ms Ruth Wraith OAM (Vice President), Professor Garry Warne AM (Honorary Secretary), Professor Jim Wilkinson (Treasurer), Ms Christine Unsworth AM, Dr Kevin Collins, Dr Tony Cull, Ms Bronwyn Hewitt.
The constitution was most recently revised in 2016. It can be accessed via the button below.
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Information on Grand Rounds
The first Alumni lunch meeting in 2019 was held on March 5th. The speaker was Ruth Wraith OAM An audience of around 35 alumni members and guests enjoyed an excellent talk about the issues of Post Traumatic Stress in children after major traumatic events in their lives. Ruth Wraith has been involved in counselling children … Continued
The RCH Alumni note with much regret the recent death of Dr Ian McDonald. Ian was born on July 28th 1923 and was in his 96thyear when he died peacefully on Feb 5th. He will be remembered by many of the Alumni as a pioneering anaesthetist who served on the senior staff of The Royal … Continued
We congratulate Dr Bernie Jenner on his award of the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia, in the General Division) for service to the community of the Barwon Region, in the Australia Day Honours.
The Executive were saddened to learn of the recent death of Dr Fred Jensen. Frederick Owen Jensen MB, ChB, DDR, MRACR, FFR. 13.6.1932-16.1.2019. Dr Jensen undertook training in radiology at RCH in the late sixties. After further traing in the UK he was the Director of Radiology at RCH, between 1972 and 1976, following the retirement … Continued
2018 has been a year of continued growth and evolution
The Royal Children’s Hospital Alumni were sad to learn of the death of Dr Kester Brown on November 14th 2018. Kester Brown was born in Kenya and did his undergraduate training in Scotland at St Andrews University where he graduated in 1960. He joined the Children’s Hospital staff in 1967 as the first medical officer with … Continued