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Our research

  • Medical research is vital to identify new approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating childhood diseases and to 

    promoting the health and wellbeing of children. We are one of the world's leading academic hospitals and has a long-standing and strong commitment to research. 

    The RCH is co-located with campus partners, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. The partnership allows the sharing of staff, facilities, expertise and knowledge and means that research findings can be quickly translated into clinical practice.  Collaboration between scientists, researchers and doctors on laboratory, clinical and public health research projects has resulted in outstanding advances in child health. 

    Researchers are supported by funding from the Australian Government and state governments, corporate sponsors and philanthropic organisations, as well as from fundraising programs facilitated by The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

    How you can get involved in research

    While your child is at the hospital, you and your child may be approached about your child taking part in research. Your child's contribution could help to provide better care both for your child and for other children in the future.     

    Involvement in research may involve filling in questionnaires or surveys, trialling a different medication or treatment, or undergoing extra tests or procedures. 

    All research projects on the campus undergo an ethical review before being approved. Before agreeing to allow your child to take part in a research project, be sure both you and your child understand what is involved and ask questions about the project. 

    There is no financial cost to you associated with taking part in research and there is no obligation for your child to take part in research. If you decide you'd rather your child didn't take part it won't affect your relationship with the RCH and your child will continue to receive high quality care.

    If you have any questions or concerns about our research, please contact the Director, Research Development and Ethics.

    Telephone                  
    9345 6924

    Email                    
    rch.ethics@rch.org.au