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A positive outlook on life

‘There is always someone worse off than yourself’. It’s a mantra Peter Scalzo has lived by for his 54 years. Which, considering what he’s had to contend with health-wise, especially in his younger years, it’s a testament to his positive outlook on life.

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Nursing scholarship supports closing the gap in immunisation

Sonja Elia is a nurse practitioner specialising in immunisation at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and is passionate about making a difference to Indigenous children’s health.

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Indigenous art to light up Melbourne and Geelong

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Foundation is proud to be working with a number of talented Indigenous artists for Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail.

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A response to transform the future

Thanks to the generosity of the Victorian community, the Wadja Aboriginal Family Place has been providing culturally sensitive and responsive service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) for over 10 years. 

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Indigenous art with a lasting legacy

Acknowledging our First Nations communities is an integral part of The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) 150th anniversary. As we celebrate the hospital’s remarkable achievements since 1870, we also celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities locally and nationally as part of NAIDOC Week.

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Celebrating our Indigenous communities

Today marks the beginning of National NAIDOC Week in Australia, an important week for recognising the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Walking and dancing for decades

Christine Phillpot is able to walk, and even dance, thanks to the care she received at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) over 60 years ago. In 1958, at just 11 years old, Christine and a friend were crossing the road on the way to Girl Guides when Christine was struck by a car and thrown through the air, shattering her femur on impact with the road.

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Celebrating Allied Health

To celebrate Allied Health Professionals Day (14 October), the RCH Archives and Collections team has produced three new online exhibitions, showcasing the contribution and historical origins of a selection of the 24 allied health specialities at the RCH.

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A grateful, long and happy life

You wouldn’t know it, but 73-year-old Clifford Dwyer was given just a slim chance of making it to his 10th birthday. When he was nine, a visit from the school doctor revealed a coarctation of the aorta - or a narrowing of the artery - and in 1956 he underwent what was then a radical and risky operation to fix it at the RCH .

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Looking after the younger generation

Working as a nurse during wartime was no small feat. But the memories and friendships made during those days are what 98-year-old Margaret Spring has cherished her entire life.

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Dancing proof that miracles can happen

When Jesse Teichelman steps onto the stage he’s not only dancing for himself, but for the thousands of kids out there who were born with the odds against them. He’s living, dancing proof that miracles - or medicine - can happen.

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From six beds to a city gem: how we’ve grown

It would be difficult to find a Victorian whose life has not been touched by The Royal Children’s Hospital. Today the beds are abundant and the hospital spectacular, yet that same pursuit continues to drive every action.

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The full circle

The Royal Children’s Hospital means a little more to Kate Wadsworth than most. It’s not because she’s a scrub nurse in the hospital’s theatre department, or because she has helped hundreds of kids and performed lifesaving work.

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150 years of hope

They started looking after kids 150 years ago, now the RCH is one of the world’s greatest paediatric hospitals. Here’s how to show your support for their life-saving work.

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The hospital we built: how community support brought the vision of a children’s hospital to life

Community support has been the lifeblood of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) since the very beginning, ensuring it can provide the very best care to sick children and their families for 150 years.

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Celebrate 150 years with us!

Wednesday 9 September will officially mark 150 years since we first opened our doors to care for sick children in 1870.

There are many ways you can get involved!

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Hospital Heroes Gallery: Clinical Excellence

RCH150 and the RCH Archives and Collections will collaborate for a special edition of the Hospital Heroes Gallery, Clinical Excellence.

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The Royal Children’s Hospital helping us for generations

The surgeon took one look at Jenni Flynn and told her parents she had just days to live if he didn’t intervene.

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Professor Kim Mulholland abroad

After completing his degree at the University of Melbourne in 1976, Professor Kim Mulholland started working with refugee communities in India and Sudan. He realised he needed more training to try to tackle some of the major health issues facing people in developing communities around the world.

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Open & Closed: A Royal Opening, 1963

On February 25, 1963, there was a buzz of excitement in the air, as hospital staff eagerly anticipated a very special occasion

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Our Places, Our Spaces: The story of Sherbrooke

You may be familiar with what the RCH building looks like today, but do you know how the hospital has looked throughout its 150 year history?

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Patching the hole in my heart

New surgeries and treatments need brave doctors and patients willing to put their lives on the line to push the envelope of medical breakthroughs.
Garth Winter is one of those pioneers.

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Care was handed out to the letter

In delicate cursive script, the heartbreak that Joy Barrett’s family endured for her month in hospital is spelt out. The seven-year-old would devour the handwritten letters — delivered to her by nurses who were also her neighbours — as she recovered from surgery for a bone infection.

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Introducing….RCH Monopoly!

A limited number of RCH branded Monopoly games are now available to our community, as a special way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the hospital. Join in the fun, and grab yours today.

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Professor Ruth Bishop AC

Professor Ruth Bishop AC changed countless lives in 1973 when she discovered rotavirus. This ground-breaking discovery was the result of years of painstaking research and analysis, as well as dedicated teamwork.

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The RCH Foundation

To illustrate the RCH Foundation’s incredible work for over 30 years, the RCH archives and collections team has put together a three part online audio exhibition, which describes the history and role of the RCH Foundation as the fundraising arm of our hospital.

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Kid’s stamp of approval

As the hospital celebrates its milestone birthday this year, it is only fitting two of its long-time patients are helping to commemorate the occasion in the form of a special AusPost stamp.

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Hospital Heroes Gallery: Fundamental Foundations

The RCH150 Hospital Heroes project celebrates the ‘unsung heroes’ of The Royal Children’s Hospital – the many people who go above and beyond to make the RCH one of the world’s great hospitals for children. Meet some of the heroes.

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RCH150 Update

As a result of COVID-19 and considering current government advice and social distancing requirements, we have reviewed the RCH150 program and have decided to postpone Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail and the RCH150 Anniversary Dinner.

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Miracle Workers

As The Royal Children’s Hospital celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, we revisit some of its most notable achievements, from world-first surgeries to the major medical breakthroughs.

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Hunter’s therapy a 150th present

More than a dozen kids have had a lifesaving cancer treatment at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital after it was made available for the first time last year. The revolutionary chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR Tcell therapy, is used to fight blood cancer and works by removing and reprogramming the body’s own immune cells.

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Celebrate. Create. Connect: The RCH150 Aboriginal Art Project

Acknowledging our First Nations communities is an integral part of The Royal Children’s Hospital’s 150th anniversary. To mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, the RCH Foundation has commissioned two permanent artworks created by Indigenous artists for the RCH.

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COVID-19 Message

For 150 years, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has cared for Victoria’s children and their families through some very challenging times. And never has this care been more important than right now. The team at the RCH are working incredibly hard to protect patients and their families as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Artists announced for Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

Creativity and colour will mark the 150th anniversary of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) with the help of 100 Australian artists taking part in Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail.

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Healthy Adventures with Ari

To celebrate 150 years of The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) the RCH Foundation is proud to present Healthy Adventures with Ari.

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Governor’s Garden Reception

On Saturday 22 February Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC welcomed more than 1,000 fundraisers to Government House, including Good Friday Appeal supporters and Auxiliary members to celebrate 150 years of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

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Hospital Heroes Gallery shines a light on the unsung heroes of the RCH

The Hospital Heroes Gallery is a year-long series of portraits celebrating the ‘unsung heroes’ of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), specially curated for the hospital’s 150th anniversary.

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Against the odds, Kira in all-clear after RCH heart surgery

The 11-month-old has survived one of the most complex heart surgeries performed in Australia, to fix a quintuple of life-threatening cardiac and abdominal abnormalities – including being born with her heart outside her chest.

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In it for the long haul

The dreams and hopes of Kelly Cartwright and Hamish Cain have been built on the same factory floor.

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