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The RCH Medical Alumni Association 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
The Executive Committee for 2019-2020 is Ms Ruth Wraith OAM (President), Professor Jim Wilkinson AM (Vice President and Treasurer), Dr Garry Warne AM (Honorary Secretary), Dr Hugo Gold, Ms Christine Unsworth AM, Dr Kevin Collins, Ms Gigi Williamsl, Ms Bronwyn Hewitt, Professor Peter McDougall, Dr Caroline Clarke.
See information on finding your way around the new RCH building.
See the full list of new Alumni members.
Access the membership form
Photo Albums from the Hospital
The constitution of the RCH Medical Alumni
The constitution was most recently revised in 2016. It can be accessed via the button below.
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Information on Grand Rounds
Wed 8th July 2020 Researchers Behaving Badly Prof David Vaux, Former Deputy Director Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). The second “Alum-inar” was well attended with more than 50 members and guests from around Australia and overseas joining via Zoom for an excellent talk by Professor Vaux which was hosted by Ruth Wraith (President … Continued
Click to view Flyer Around 60 members and friends logged in to join our first Alum-inar on June 24th, with interstate and overseas members taking part in a very successful meeting. The talk was entitled “COVID-19. How to stay safe” To view the recording of the meeting: Use the link and password below: … Continued
Several Alumni members were honoured in The Queen’s Birthday Honours: We congratulate:- Alexander William AULDIST AO NSW For distinguished service to paediatric medicine as a surgeon, educator and mentor of young physicians, and to professional organisations. Graeme Laurence BARNES AO VIC For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to child gastrointestinal health, and to medical research. … Continued
Dr Olga Margaret Barnett (nee Garson) AO 4/10/27 – 17/5/20 Widow of Dr John Barnett and mother of Dr Peter Barnett The Royal Children’s Hospital Alumni mourn the death of Margaret, a valued member and the widow of another former member, plastic surgeon, Dr John Barnett. Margaret graduated from Melbourne University medical school in … Continued
The Alumni Executive were saddened by the news today of the death of our much loved colleague and friend Professor Andrew Kemp at the age of 77, as a result of Parkinson’s disease. Andrew served as President of the Alumni from 2014-1015. Andrew was held in high esteem for his intellect, humour and kindness. With … Continued
Recent Alumni lunchtime function: Dr Knowles Kerry AAM Australian Antarctic Division (retired) The recent lunchtime function (March 3rd) was well attended with nearly fifty Alumni members and guests. Summary of talk