Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Melbourne, Australia

Hospital description

The Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH) is an obstetric, gynaecological and neonatal paediatric teaching hospital. It is the largest Australian hospital specialising in the areas of women’s and infants’ health. Established in 1856 as ‘The Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children’, the RWH began as somewhere that ‘under-privileged women’ could give birth and receive medical attention and nursing. Now the hospital provides care for more than 200,000 women from 165 countries, who speak 60 different languages and follow 42 separate religious faiths.

The hospital is a major teaching and research hospital and has also been an advocate of the advancement of women’s health care for over 150 years. In 2008 a new RWH building was opened to provide women and newborn babies with the very best in world-class healthcare; the hospital is in the Parkville Precinct and was built under the Vctorian government’s Partnership Scheme which sees the private financiers who funded the new building provide operational and maintenance support until 2033.

As part of the Parkville Precinct the hospital is situated adjacent to the University of Melbourne, in a city with a high population of students.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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