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At The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), our vision is a world where all kids thrive. We believe all children and young people should have the same opportunity to realise their potential.
To deliver on our vision, we work together to put children and young people at the heart of our care, research, and learning. We do this by:
The RCH values unite and help us to achieve our vision and deliver on our role. Our values guide the way we work together and engage with children and young people, their families and our community.
We are creative, playful and collaborative.
We pursue our goals with determination, ambition and confidence.
We communicate well, build connections and celebrate our successes together.
We are generous, warm and understanding.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Strategic Plan 2024–26 puts children and young people at the heart of everything we do.
Our three strategic goals will guide the work of the RCH over the next three years – they will focus our time and energy so our patients receive the best possible care, anywhere in the world.
The RCH has been providing outstanding care for Victoria's children and their families for over 150 years.
We are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and our care extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.
With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of over 6,000, we provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.
We are the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.
When it comes to training and research we partner with the very best. Our campus partners, the
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and
The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, along with the
RCH Foundation, are on site with the hospital in Parkville. Together, we are committed to improving the health outcomes for children today and in the future.
The RCH actively contributes to the implementation of Victoria's Cancer Action Plan 2020–24 through membership of the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Victorian CCC).
The RCH also leads a number of state-wide services, including:
The RCH is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on our
commitment to child safety.
The RCH has been delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model. This partnership sees the public sector (RCH) continue to operate the hospital and provide all core clinical services, staffing, teaching, training and research, while the private sector (Children's Health Partnership) will finance, design, construct and maintain the hospital building. The Children's Health Partnership consortium comprises International Public Partnerships Limited as equity holders, Lend Lease as builder, Spotless Group as facilities manager and architects Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS (US).