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The Royal Women’s Hospital

  • We are a leader and advocate in areas of women’s health.

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About “The Royal Women’s Hospital”

The Women’s, Australia’s first public women’s hospital, was established in Melbourne in August 1856. It is among the oldest and most distinguished of women’s hospitals in the world today.

Founded as a place where underprivileged women could give birth and receive proper medical and nursing attention, the original title of the hospital was the ‘Melbourne Lying-In Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children’. The history of the Women’s is the history of women’s health in Australia.

The Women’s continues to lead the way in women’s and newborn healthcare – delivering specialist maternity, neonatal, gynaecology, oncology, reproductive and sexual health services to women in Melbourne, as well as those with complex needs from across Victoria and Australia.

We are a leader and advocate in areas of women’s health that have long been overlooked or stigmatised, including abortion, endometriosis, family violence, female genital mutilation, menopause, mental health disorders, sexual assault and substance use in pregnancy.

As a state-wide tertiary hospital, we are a significant provider of education and help train the next generation of highly-skilled midwives, nurses, obstetricians, neonatologists and other specialists. Expert training also extends into communities with programs delivered to local hospitals and primary health care services across the state.

Internationally, we are recognised for our clinical expertise and excellence in research. Our 10 research centres explore the full spectrum of women’s and newborn health. From pioneering IVF technology leading to Australia’s first IVF baby in 1980, to advances in newborn medicine, increased survival rates for sick and premature babies and improved outcomes for women with cancer – the Women’s is committed to improving the lives of this generation and the next.

For more than 160 years, the Women’s has built its reputation as one of Australia’s most loved and trusted public hospitals by providing exceptional patient care and advocating for better health outcomes for women and girls.

Each year, we provide 250,000 episodes of care and deliver more than 9,000 babies. As a tertiary hospital specialising in complex pregnancies, we care for more than 2,000 babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) annually. With our patients originating from 190 countries, speaking 90 different languages and following 70 different religious faiths, we support families and individuals from all backgrounds and abilities and we welcome cultural, religious, sexual and gender diversity.

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