In this section
"The Plastic and
Maxillofacial Surgery Department is an innovative and internationally respected
unit. We have been providing care to children and their families, both locally
and throughout Australia, since the department's inception in 1948. The skilled
surgeons of yesteryear and today have provided a comprehensive range of
surgical services to assist the children within their care. Our services are
directed at the form and function of the individual, helping them through their
early years, through to becoming young adults. Within our department we pride
ourselves on excellence in clinical care, service, undergraduate and
postgraduate education and internationally recognised research.
Binding these above areas together are the
overarching themes of collaboration, collegiality, innovation and creativity. This
enables the staff of our department to provide a complete range of state of the
art plastic and maxillofacial surgery services to
improve the lives of children with congenital and acquired conditions. These
include craniofacial and maxillofacial disorders, cleft lip and palate
services, paediatric hand and limb anomalies, vascular anomalies and general
plastic and maxillofacial conditions.
Post-graduate education is integral to the philosophy of departmental
activities with training posts at various levels. Our surgeons are
at the forefront of advancing medical knowledge through clinical and
experimental research, and this supports continued development and
evolution within the department. Many of our surgeons have enviable
international reputations and are regularly invited to present our work and
research outcomes at numerous national and international meetings.
We are dedicated to providing our
patients with the most comprehensive and individualised patient centered care,
and your thoughts, concerns, and objectives are
considered crucial in the creation of a tailored treatment plan.
Prof Chris Coombs
Clinical Professor, University of Melbourne
A new paradigm in surgical planning and research
The Department and Educational Resource Centre have recently upgraded the 3-dimensional camera system with a donation very generously provided by the Muriel and Les Batten Foundation. Our surgeons will use this advanced technology to view and assess 3d images of patients to assist in their planning, auditing and assessment of patients. The RCH is the first hospital in Australasia to use this technology.