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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 2017-2018 is Dr Hugo Gold (President), Ms Ruth Wraith OAM (Vice President), Professor Garry Warne AM (Honorary Secretary), Professor Jim Wilkinson (Treasurer), Dr Karin Tiedemann OAM, Professor Don Cameron, Ms Christine Unsworth AM, Dr Kevin Collins.
The constitution was most recently revised in 2016. It can be accessed via the button below.
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Information on Grand Rounds
Wednesday September 5th, around 4PM. The RCH Alumni and Children’s Rights International will co-host a medico-legal seminar focusing on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the 10th National Paediatric Bioethics Conference, to be held in the Ella Latham Auditorium at RCH. Speakers will include Prof Mark Mercurio (Yale University, USA) and … Continued
The recent meeting, in the RCH Foundation, was attended by about 40 Alumni members and guests. Dominic was introduced by Dr Kevin Collins, standing in for the President Dr Hugo Gold who was away. Dr Collins reminded the audience of Dominic’s well remembered performance in a Residents’ Show at RCH in early 2003, when he … Continued
The Royal Children’s Hospital Alumni were sad to learn of the death of Dr John McNamara on June 18th2018. John McNamara graduated from Melbourne University in 1959 and joined the Children’s Hospital staff as a Junior Resident in 1964. In 1968-69 he worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, as a Resident … Continued
View: Newsletter June 2018
We congratulate Spencer Beasley on being created an “Officer in the New Zealand Order of Merit” (ONZM) in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award was for services to Paediatrics.
We congratulate Prof Andrew Kemp on his award of AM (Member in the General Division) in the birthday honours list “For significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of paediatric allergy and immunology as a clinician, academic and researcher.” and Margaret Sahhar on her award of AM (Member in the General Division) “For significant … Continued
The second seminar in the series “Child health, children’s rights and the law”, which is jointly hosted by Children’s Rights International and the RCH Alumni, took place at the Melbourne University Law School at 6PM on June 19th. The meeting was well attended by Alumni and lawyers and proved to be a powerful and emotive … Continued