Staff Benefits

  • The RCH offer a range of benefits which support and reward staff both personally and professionally.

    Award winning facilities and campus partnerships

    The new Royal Children's Hospital opened in late 2011. See inside the hospital's Main Street, inpatient wards and research and teaching spaces in brand new virtual tours.

    Our campus partners, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics are located onsite in Parkville - together we are the Melbourne Children's.

    Early Learning Centre

    The Royal Children's Hospital Early Learning Centre is registered for 120 equivalent full time children between 6 weeks and 5 years of age. Child care places are allocated to the Royal Children's Hospital staff, whilst our Kindergarten is open to the wider community. We are a fully accredited centre, utilising Hospital and Community resources within the City of Melbourne.

    Parent rooms are located off Main Street on the ground floor, on the entry to each Ward on the floors of the IPU, in the RCH Early Learning Centre and in the family precinct on the ground floor. Breast pumps are available within these facilities.

    Retail Outlets

    Food and retail outlets include a cafeteria, bakery and coffee outlet, gelato bar, 'grab and go' cafe, sandwich bar, sushi and Asian food, McDonald's, a convenience store, retail pharmacy and gift shop. They are all located on the Ground floor (Beach), in (or just off) Main Street. Trading hours vary, but many operate from 6:30AM to 10:00PM every day. Myki Top Up is available at the Chemist in Main Street on Ground floor (Beach) of the hospital.

    Onsite Car Park

    The car park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The car park is managed by Wilson Parking on behalf of Spotless for RCH.

    Salary deducted parking: RCH staff can apply for permanent parking which is salary deducted. Staff will need to complete a Car Park Application form.

    Please Note: There is a waiting list for Salary Deducted parking spots. An authorised application form does not necessarily mean the parking spot is immediately provided. For further information regarding car parking please refer to the Car Parking - RCH Staff Permit Policy and Procedure.

    Bicycle Storage

    The bicycle storage facility is located on the Lower Ground level and has unique access via Flemington Road. The bicycle storage facility can be accessed 24 hours a day 7 days per week including public holidays.

    Professional development and events

    A key component of our service delivery is the ongoing education of our staff. The RCH have dedicated departments each facilitating development in their core professions including Nursing, Medical and Allied Health.

    In addition to professional development and organisational wide competencies, RCH host (literally) hundreds of lectures and seminars that all staff are invited to attend.

    Nurse Education The Nursing Education Team aims to provide excellent education, development and training for nursing staff through clinical support and the provision of educational opportunities. Click here to find out more.

    Allied Health Education Allied Health have more than 150 full time equivalent allied health practitioners within the departments of Audiology, Educational Play Therapy, Gatehouse Centre, Nutrition, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology.

    Allied Health work across a broad range of single and multidisciplinary teams and in various clinical areas to provide services to patients and their families on an inpatient and out-patient basis. Click here to find out more.

    Medical Education Based on the widely accepted 2005 CanMed Framework, our Medical Education programs are designed to offer professional development in each of the key areas that integrate to make a Medical Expert. Click here to find out more.

    Workforce Development Workforce Development encompasses a wide range of activities designed to improve the capabilities of individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole. Click here to find out more.

    Grand Rounds Seminar Series The Grand Rounds Seminar Series is jointly sponsored by the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Royal Children's Hospital. It is the flagship educational meeting and takes place each week, at lunchtime on Wednesdays. Click here to find out more.

    Arts and culture

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is committed to providing best practice holistic care which includes the benefits of the creative arts to health and well being.

    We know that by integrating the creative arts into healthcare we can reduce stress experienced by patients, families and staff; improve clinical outcomes; contribute towards improvements in staff job satisfaction and well being; enhance the quality of service provision and significantly improve the hospital experience for everyone.

    ARCH Program Worldwide research has shown there are the numerous health benefits to participating in the arts. Research shows that by integrating the creative arts in healthcare we can reduce stress experienced by patients, families and staff, which can reduce drug consumption & shorten the length of hospital stays; it also contributes towards improvements in staff job satisfaction and wellbeing and significantly improves the hospital experience for everyone.

    Health and wellbeing

    The health and wellbeing program is designed to build and strengthen the RCH Community. The program is focused on three key themes, these include; Physical Health & Wellbeing - Emotional Health & Wellbeing - Healthy Lifestyles.

    Employee and Manager Assist Program The RCH has engaged the services of an external Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider who specialise in providing confidential counselling and consulting services that focus on the early assessment and prevention and/or remediation of personal problems experienced by employees or members of their families. To read more about this confidential service and for details on how to access the EAP, please click here.
    Onsite Meditation and Yoga Guided meditation sessions are held in the Meditation and Prayer space on the Ground Floor (through the corridor to Murrup Biik) every Wednesday. Research has shown that a few minutes a day spent in conscious stilling of the mind can improve concentration, sleep quality and reduce the detrimental effects of stress on the mind, body and spirit. No previous experience necessary and meditation is open to everyone.
    Staff Immunisation Program The term Staff Health incorporates immunisation, work restrictions and management of Needlestick Injuries to Staff Members. Healthcare workers are exposed to vaccine preventable infectious agents considerably more than the general population because of their responsibilities to care for ill patients.

    Infected healthcare workers can spread infectious agents to susceptible patients, leading to severe morbidity and mortality particularly among patients who are immunocompromised. The staff in Infection Control are accredited nurse immunisers and able to offer staff immunisations such as influenza, hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
    RCH Ski Club The RCH Ski Club is a unique non-profit organisation established to provide employees of the RCH / MCRI and their families the opportunity to access Victoria's Alps for some well earned R&R. Members have priority access to the clubs lodge facilities at both Mt Buller and Mt Hotham. Both lodges provide warm family atmospheres from which to enjoy your winter skiing or summer mountain holiday, at fantastic rates.

    To find out more about this staff benefit and details on how to apply for membership, please visit the following website
    http://rchalpineclub.org.au/

    Financial benefits

    As an employee of the RCH, you are entitled to numerous financial benefits across salary packaging, superannuation and financial consulting services.

    Salary Packaging Do you want to save in excess of $2,900 every year on average? As an RCH employee, you can!
    Salary package with Smart Salary or call 1300 4 SMART (476 278) to book your one-on-one appointment with a Smart Salary consultant. Visit Smartdiscounts for more offers!
    HESTA HESTA is the industry super fund for health and community services. Since 1987, HESTA has grown to become the largest super fund dedicated to this industry. Today we serve more than 770,000 members and more than 150,000 employers. For further information, visit the HESTA webstie.
    First State Super First State Super is a not for profit fund who acts in members best interests and aims to provide education to assist members & staff of RCH to maximise their retirement goals. Financial security in retirement crucial. Understanding and maximising super & insurance is invaluable for staff and we can provide advice on an ongoing basis. For further information, visit the First State Super website.
    Employee Financial Assistance MoneyAsssit provides early access to financial expertise to prevent money issues developing into major problems by providing support for cashflow and / or debt situations impacting day-to-day living. For further information regrading MoneyAssist, please click here.