The Women’s is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health of all women and newborns.
Our patron is Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.
For nearly 160 years, we have been advocating for new approaches to women’s health, as we have always recognised the different health challenges that women face throughout their lives.
Each year, we provide more than 200,000 episodes of care for women from 165 countries, who speak 60 different languages and follow 42 separate religious faiths.
We are committed to a holistic philosophy of health. We provide comprehensive services ranging from health promotion to clinical expertise and leadership in maternity, gynaecology, women's cancer services and in the specialist care of newborns.
As a specialist hospital, the Women's is central to the Victorian health system, particularly with respect to advocating for women's health and leading innovation for the health and wellbeing of women and newborns. We are a major teaching hospital and internationally-recognised for our medical research.
Our vision is to set the benchmark in women’s health and support women to manage their health, age positively and enjoy the best possible quality of life.
The Women’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 was developed following extensive consultation with our people, partners, and with patients, stakeholders, and consumers. It outlines our priorities and areas of focus over the next five years.
The Women's is a public health service and is incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Health Services Act 1988 (as amended).Learn more
The hospital's Board of Directors develops strategic objectives and ensures the hospital has measures to make certain the hospital meet its obligations to the community it serves as well as to its governing bodies.Learn more
The Executive team
The Women's experienced executive team is responsible for managing the operations of the Women's and meeting the strategic and operational objectives agreed with the Board.Learn more
Community Advisory Committee
The Community Advisory Committee promotes improved outcomes for patients and the broader community through effective community participation in the hospital.Learn more
Primary Care & Population Health Committee
The Primary Care & Population Health Committee oversees and enhances the integration between the Women’s and the primary care service system, and supports the Women’s work in Population Health.Learn more
The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation raises funds to support the vital work of the Women’s, Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital for women and newborns.Learn more
The Women’s believes that health equity - achieving the same health status and health outcomes - for all women is more than a vision; it is a responsibility.Learn more
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The Royal Women’s Hospital, Australia’s first public women’s hospital, was established in Melbourne in August 1856 and is among the oldest and most distinguished of its kind in the world today.Learn more