The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is a large, modern hospital located two kilometres from the centre of Melbourne and provides tertiary referral services for sick infants, children and adolescents throughout the states of Victoria and Tasmania. In 2010, RCH celebrated 140 years of providing services to Victoria’s children and their families; the hospital is now regarded as one of the world’s great children’s hospitals.
RCH has two notable campus partners, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics, both of which are located on site with the hospital in Parkville. These organisations work together improve the health outcomes for children all over Victoria and Tasmania. The hospital also provides specialised paediatric care for a number of patients from overseas, particularly south-east Asia, Nauru and Fiji.
In 2011, the new RCH opened next to the existing hospital, with a design that utilises the latest developments for hospital design. The new hospital campus brings together six levels of clinical, research and education facilities over 200,000 square metres within the 4.1 hectare site and was delivered as a Public Private Partnership in conjunction with the Victorian government. This means that the public sector will continue to administrate and develop care for the hospital, whilst the private sector develops, finances and maintains the buildings and infrastructure.
Applications for this elective are through the University of Melbourne and further information on the hospital can be found here. The Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne only offers elective placements of four weeks and students must have completed their undergraduate Paediatric course in order to be considered.
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