Our history

The relocated 'Lying-in Hospital' in Madeline St, North Melbourne

The Women’s, Australia’s first public women’s hospital, was established in Melbourne in August 1856. It is among the oldest and most distinguished of women's hospitals in the world today.

Founded as a place where underprivileged women could give birth and receive proper medical and nursing attention, the original title of the hospital was the 'Melbourne Lying-In Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children'.  The history of the Women's is the history of women's health in Australia.

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