Welcome to the Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics provides exemplary undergraduate and post-graduate education and is involved in clinical care, research leadership, hospital senior management and policy development as well as significant outreach and engagement activities.  Comprising clinical, allied health and medical-science academic teachers and researchers, we currently have over 65 academic staff (including 21 Professors) and 11 professional staff, with a further 325 Honorary staff members contributing to the success of our educational, research and engagement endeavours.

We teach both post-graduate and under-graduate programs in child and adolescent health, genetic counselling, paediatric surgery and other specialties in relation to children, adolescents and their families.  An integral part of the Doctor of Medicine, our Child & Adolescent Health component of the medical course has an enviable reputation, and we host the largest cohort of Scholarly Selective students in the School.   We also have one of the largest research student enrolments in the University with over 150 post-graduate research students, and offer a number of specialist coursework Masters programs.

The Department of Paediatrics is located at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) campus, a purpose-built state of the art specialist paediatric site.  The Department is the University of Melbourne representative of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, a joint partnership with RCH and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI).   The Melbourne Children’s Campus delivers high quality clinical care, education and research on a single, integrated campus.   The three institutions work together collaboratively in a formal tri-partite partnership and this underpins the clinical, research and educational excellence of the campus.  The University, RCH and MCRI have all benefited greatly from this partnership, which has translated into outstanding care for children and adolescents in the Victorian community and beyond.  The campus is also supported immensely by the RCH Foundation, who provide outstanding philanthropic leadership and support for the activities of the campus.

The Department, in collaboration and partnership with MCRI and RCH, undertakes world leading research which incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to research into child and adolescent health.  Our aim is to perform ground breaking translational and patient-orientated research across the breadth of paediatric disciplines.  The research of the Department primarily falls under the broad umbrella of the Custodian of Research for the campus, MCRI.  This unique arrangement maximises the facilities and resources available to support our extensive research programs and fosters the development of a breadth and depth of collaborative research across the broad spectrum of paediatric research.