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The RCH Medical Alumni Association was established in 1988, with Dr Norman Wettenhall as its first President and Mr Nate Myers as Hon Secretary, 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, which have recently been re-named "Aluminations", 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 members of staff at the Royal Children's Hospital campus (including Resident Medical Officers and Registrars who have subsequently pursued a career in any branch of paediatrics or child health) and have ceased to have an active medical or dental appointment at the Royal Children's Hospital campus, or have reached the age of 65. Former senior professional and scientific staff who have worked at the RCH Campus are also eligible, as are 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.
The Executive Committee for 2020-2021 is Ms Ruth Wraith OAM (President), Professor Jim Wilkinson AM (Vice President and Treasurer), Dr Caroline Clarke (Honorary Secretary), Dr Garry Warne AM, Ms Christine Unsworth AM, Dr Kevin Collins, Ms Gigi Williams, Ms Bronwyn Hewitt, Professor Peter McDougall.
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Alumni reflections on life in hospital before and after the arrival of computers
The last Alumni event of 2020 Joint RCH Alumni and Children’s Rights International (CRI) Medico-Legal Seminar November 26th via Zoom An audience of nearly fifty Alumni , Lawyers and others listened to talks by three speakers. The session was co-chaired by Ms Ruth Wraith OAM, President of the Alumni and Hon Alastair Nicholson AO Chairman … Continued
AGM 10 November 2020 The AGM of the Alumni Association was held via Zoom on 10 November at 12.00 noon. The meeting was chaired by Ms Ruth Wraith OAM, the President. There were 32 members present and apologies were received from 10 members. The President’s report for the year was presented by Ruth Wraith. … Continued
Prof Elliott’s lecture focussed on disadvantaged children
Alumni reflections on biomedical engineering and technological changes
The last Alum-inar took place on September 10th, with nearly fifty members and guests joining the event by Zoom. Ed Smith, Director of the RMH Foundation and son of the late Dr Arnold Smith, talked about his 22 years living and working in China. He was welcomed by the President of the Alumni, Ruth Wraith, … Continued
Prof Margot Prior AO PhD 24/3/37 – 24/8/20 https://www.rch.org.au/alumni/alumni_profiles/Prior,_Margot____AO/ The Alumni Executive were saddened to learn of the passing of Margot Prior this week. Margot came from a musical family and after leaving school completed a music degree at Melbourne University Conservatorium. She was a professional musician from 1959 to 1980, playing piano, Oboe … Continued