The Royal Women’s Hospital

The Royal Women’s Hospital

Founded in 1856 as a place where disadvantaged women could give birth safely and receive proper medical care, the Royal Women’s Hospital is among the oldest and most distinguished women's hospitals in the world.

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.

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

The Women’s lead one of Australia’s only dedicated clinics for pregnant women with disability, working in partnership with women to provide healthcare support during pregnancy and after the birth of their baby. It also has one of Australia’s largest specialist neonatal services providing specialist care for babies with disability, as well as unwell and premature babies in its intensive care and special care nurseries.

As a state-wide tertiary hospital, the Women’s is a significant provider of education and training and is recognised internationally for its clinical expertise and excellence in research. Its ten 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 to increase survival rates for sick and premature babies – the Women’s is committed to improving the lives of this generation and the next.

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