Overview

The Women's is Australia's first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health of all women and newborn babies. 

We provide clinical services, expertise and leadership in obstetrics, neonatalogy, gynaecology, oncology and women's health. The services are provided in Parkville and Sandringham. 

The Women's is also committed to providing high quality evidence-based information for both consumers and health professionals via this website and other publications.

Parkville offers the full suite of clinics and services. To find out more, view the individual clinic and services pages.

Women who live in the Sandringham area can use the following services at Sandringham:

As a major teaching hospital, the Women's is committed to research and education and has strong affiliations to the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. 

For over 160 years, the Women’s has led the advocacy and advancement of women’s health care. Established in 1856 as 'The Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children', our hospital began as a place where ‘under-privileged women’ could give birth to their babies and receive medical attention and nursing.

Today, our innovative social model of care recognises factors such as housing, income and stress affect women’s ability to care for themselves and their families. The Women's attracts people dedicated to caring for women and newborn babies, who wish to work in an environment of world class clinical expertise. 

We encourage career development through training opportunities and an extensive scholarship program. Our hospital also offers a comprehensive professional development program open to all health professionals. We have an outstanding international reputation for medical research advances and clinical developments. Our dedication to research and improvement in outcomes for women and newborn babies has produced some remarkable outcomes, including the delivery of Australia’s first IVF baby and the publication of the first scientific paper to describe IVF, the birth of the world’s earliest born surviving quadruplets, and the first successful birth after ovarian tissue grafting. 


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