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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.
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The president and executive welcome submissions of Alumni profiles for inclusion on the
Alumni Web page - https://www.rch.org.au/alumni/alumni_profiles/
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See information on finding your way around the new RCH building.
See the full list of new Alumni members.
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The constitution was most recently revised in 2016. It can be accessed via the button below.
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You are warmly invited to attend the 2021 Vernon Collins Oration. Please register via Eventbrite by 27 September . FURTHER INFORMATION
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Jane Tanner was introduced bt Dr Garry Warne and gave an outstanding talk to a group of members and guests (registrations for the meeting numbering around thirty). Her talk focussed on how illustrations in a book may be seen by children of different ages. She spoke about the books for children that she had illustrated … Continued
John Court AM FRACP 24 Sep 1929 – July 2nd 2021 The President and Executive were saddened to learn of the recent death of Dr John Court AM after a long illness. It is impossible to summarise all of John’s great achievements, however he will be particularly remembered for his work in the field of … Continued
Robert Gregory (Bob) Birrell OAM (09/05/33 – 23/06/21) The President and Executive were saddened to learn of the death this week of Bob Birrell. Bob was a paediatrician at the RCH and a neonatal paediatrician at The Royal Women’s and at St Vincent’s Hospital early in his career and then set up as a part … Continued
The disruptive advances in genetics – how has practice changed? The third meeting in 2021 was conducted remotely using Zoom on Thursday July 1st. The President Ms Ruth Wraith OAM welcomed members and guests and the Vice President, Prof James Wilkinson AM, then introduced Prof Martin Delatycki, the Medical Director of the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services … Continued