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The RCH Graduate Nurse Program is a 12-month program based in one clinical area, which allows nurses to develop and consolidate knowledge that is necessary to become a skilled and proficient registered nurse.
Banksia is a 16 bed inpatient ward where young people aged 13 to 18 years are assessed and treated for a range of mental and psychological disorders. The ward provides the least restrictive environment possible while remaining compatible with the needs and safety of young people and staff. It also aims to promote community management wherever possible.
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Cockatoo cares for patients aged from infancy to adolescence. The clinical staff provide comprehensive care to patients with neurological, neurosurgical, metabolic, Endocrine and complex gastroenterology and hepatology conditions.
Dolphin is located adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED). It cares for children who present to the ED and require care for up to 48 hours. With its streamlined admission and discharge processes, the unit cares for children of all ages, from babies aged six months to adolescents, with a range of acute illnesses. Conditions treated in Dolphin - Medical Short Stay include asthma, bronchiolitis, constipation, croup, eczema, fever, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, anaphylaxis (allergic reactions), migraine, snake bite and viral infections.
The ED at the RCH provides urgent medical care to children and adolescents. The Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Approximately 90,000 patients, ranging from newborns to teenagers, are seen each year = 250 patients per day on average.
Kelpie delivers developmentally-appropriate inpatient care and treatment to children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 20 with acute and chronic health issues. The ward's multi-disciplinary model of care involves physical care, treatment, emotional support, advocacy and education.
Kelpie has three specialities:
Koala rovides specialist care for patients with both cardiac and renal conditions. Patients of all ages ranging from newborns through to adolescents receive specialist cardiac treatments including cardiac surgery, medical therapies and electrophysiology. We also care for patients with a range of kidney problems managed both medically and surgically, and with renal replacement therapies of haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.
Koala are proud to be a National Funded Centre in a variety of areas including:
Kookaburra is part of the RCH Children's Cancer Centre (CCC) – the largest partner in the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS), and the only provider of complex children's cancer care and stem cell transplantation in Victoria. Kookaburra treats all forms of childhood cancer including: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Osteosarcoma, Neuroblastoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, all forms of brain cancer and others.
Day surgery cares for children of all ages requiring elective or emergency operations, who are often admitted, operated on and discharged within the same day. Our unit caters for admissions that exceed 10,000 annually, with an average of 20–40 patients per day. We are located within the perioperative department on the 3rd floor.
The peri-operative suite is made up of 14 theatres which are organised in three speciality clusters:
Our recovery unit provides postoperative care to children ranging in age from neonates to adolescents. Our unit caters for admissions that exceed 10,000 annually, with an average of 60–80 patients per day. The unit consists of 21 bays for the immediate postoperative care of patients and is located within our perioperative department on the 3rd floor.
Platypus is the long stay surgical ward caring for patients undergoing general surgery, orthopaedic, plastics and maxillofacial, urology and burns procedures. They are the dedicated burns and trauma unit at the RCH. Caring for patients aged from newborn to
teenagers, Platypus treats more than 3000 patients per year.
Possum cares for patients undergoing plastic and maxillofacial, orthopaedics, urology, burns, otolaryngology (ENT) and cardiology procedures. Patients may be admitted for a wide range of surgical procedures including tonsillectomy, simple fracture setting, athroscopy, soft tissue wound repair, cleft lip repair, hernia repair,
skin grafting and cardiac catheterisation.
Sugar Glider is a specialist medical unit where a multidisciplinary team cares for children and infants with a diverse range of acute and chronic illnesses.
The unit has four medical specialities:
Within these disciplines Sugar Glider cares for a variety of clinical conditions such as bronchiolitis, croup and asthma through to chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis. Children who have a tracheostomy are cared for on the unit. Sugar Glider is also
home to children who require ongoing ventilatory support such as CPAP, BiPAP and full ventilation via tracheostomy. In conjunction with the department of respiratory medicine sleep studies are conducted on this unit.