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International Patient Program

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne offers specialist care to international patients that can give children and adolescents the chance at a healthy life.

    The RCH is one of Australia’s biggest and busiest paediatric hospitals. With a proud 147-year history the RCH cares for children from across Victoria; and, through its nationally funded centres for complex cardiac surgery and transplantation, for Australia’s sickest children and adolescents.

    Information for parents and doctors

    International patients should be referred to RCH Global through a doctor or medical specialist by completing the International Patient Referral Request Form. All international patient referrals will be considered by RCH Global and a medical specialist in line with our eligibility requirements and capacity.

    Refer an international patient

    All international patients travelling to Australia for medical treatment will be required to obtain a Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602). Assistance is available to obtain a Medical Treatment Visa and to arrange travel and accommodation in Melbourne.

    International patients cared for at the RCH are supported through insurance, private funding sources or philanthropic organisations, including Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

    Supporting life-saving surgery for children from Pacific Island countries


    There is an urgent need for improved surgery and anaesthetic services for children in developing countries. Where life saving or life changing surgery is not yet accessible for children living in Pacific Island countries, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) facilitates surgery in Australia and New Zealand. 

    ROMAC has facilitated procedures for over 350 children from our region, including children with heart or neurological conditions, severe disability, burns and cancers. In 2014, ROMAC signed a two-year memorandum of understanding with the RCH to provide medical treatment for five children annually.

    Read more about ROMAC-supported patients at the RCH.