The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s largest specialist obstetric, gynaecological and neonatal paediatric hospital. We have an outstanding international reputation for research advances and clinical developments.
|At the Women’s we have embraced research as an integral part of the hospital’s mission and vision, thereby facilitating a unique pathway for the future of women’s health research and service delivery. |
As a tertiary level hospital and one of Australia's major teaching hospitals, we are committed to excellence and innovation. The range of research currently being performed at the Women’s is multi-disciplinary and extends to all levels of our hospital and into the community.
Our research goals include fostering an environment and creating an organisational culture that is conducive to a vibrant and collaborative world class research program.
Our dedication to research has resulted in a distinguished record and an outstanding international reputation for producing such remarkable outcomes as:
- delivering Australia’s first IVF baby (the third in the world), and publishing the world’s first full report on the procedure;
- facilitating the birth of the world’s earliest born surviving quadruplets;
- establishing a link between oxygen levels in humidicribs and retrolental fibroplasia (a cause of blindness in premature babies); investigation and treatment of severe infection in women after childbirth; called puerperal sepsis;
- investigation and treatment of gynaecological cancers;
- establishing gentler ways of assisting breathing in tiny babies immediately after birth and in newborn intensive care;
- providing one of the world’s longest-running follow-up programs for very premature babies; and
- leading clinical trials and advancing investigations internationally into the effectiveness of the human papilloma virus vaccine.
|At the Women’s, we recognise the importance of partnerships and the role they play in ensuring the ongoing discovery of preventions and treatments for health problems affecting women and newborn babies. |
In June 2008, the Women’s Research Centre moved to our new state-of-the-art facility in Parkville. Being located in a precinct with some of our strategic partners allows us to leverage the skills and experience of some of the world’s best researchers.
This unique opportunity has enhanced the capacity of the Women’s to achieve great success in its future research endeavours as we continue to work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of all women and new born babies.