About

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.

Strategic Plan

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.

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