The paediatric liver transplant service is a division of the Victorian Liver Transplant Unit – a collaboration between the RCH and Austin Health. Patients are predominately from Victoria and Tasmania, but the service has extended its care to patients from other parts of the country.
Liver transplant is the only treatment available for children with irretrievable acute liver failure or chronic end-stage liver disease, certain metabolic diseases and some liver cancers.
The first liver transplant performed at the RCH was conducted in 1995. At the time, 11-month-old Jordyn Griffin was the youngest person to receive a liver transplant in Australia.