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About The Royal Children's Hospital

  • Vision

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), a great children's hospital, leading the way


    The RCH improves the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents through leadership in healthcare, research and education



    We work as a team and in partnership with our communities


    We respect the rights of all and treat people the way we would like them to treat us


    We believe that how we work is as important as the work we do


    We are committed to achieving our goals and improving outcomes

    Strategic goals

    • deliver excellence in healthcare
    • realise the potential of the RCH
    • support and strengthen the RCH team
    • enhance community and stakeholder support
    • maximise campus-led research
    • provide excellent education, development and training

    About us

    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:

    • Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (with Monash Health, Bendigo Health, Ballarat Health, Eastern Health, GV Health, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Barwon Health): delivering paediatric rehabilitation services to children, adolescents and their families.
    • Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (with Monash Health and Very Special Kids): providing a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care for children across Victoria.
    • Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (with Monash Health and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine): providing assessment and care for abused, assaulted and neglected children and adolescents. 
    • Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program: conducting hearing screenings of newborn babies while they are in hospital. The delivery of this service involves working with diagnostic audiology and early intervention services from across Victoria, Australian Hearing, Cochlear Implant Clinic, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, The University of Melbourne School of Audiology and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

    The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on our commitment to child safety.

    About the RCH

    The current Royal Children's Hospital opened in 2011 right next door to the old site in Parkville, Victoria. It has been purpose built for children and the way we care for them today and into the future.

    The hospital campus brings together six levels of clinical, research and education facilities over 200,000 square metres within the 4.1 hectare site. Inspired by the quality of light, the textures and forms of its parkland setting, the RCH delivers a patient and family focused healing environment based on the latest evidence and research-based design principles.

    The RCH is:

    • more comfortable for sick children, their families and carers, and staff
    • surrounded by parkland with great views and lots of natural light
    • friendly to the environment
    • family-centred including improved accommodation and facilities for parents
    • a fun, child-friendly place with lots of interactive indoor and outdoor play areas
    • easier for families and visitors to find their way around.

    Other features include:

    • more single bed rooms, newborn cots and operating theatres
    • eighty per cent of all patient rooms have views of the park and the building is oriented towards the north, making good use of natural light
    • a 2,000 space underground car park (almost twice the existing number), not to mention 500 spaces for bikes
    • additional shops, cafes and other amenities for patients, their families and staff.

    Public Private Partnership (PPP)

    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).