News and Stories

See below for our latest fundraising, donation and RCH patient stories. If you have an RCH Foundation-related story to tell, please get in touch.

Alex's amazing journey

Nine fractures, three respiratory arrests, one tracheotomy and one life-saving liver transplant. Although Alexandra Bacon’s journey has been heart wrenching, seeing her cheeky smile now, you’d never know just how difficult it was.

Read more    October 25 2016, 7:59 pm

Seb's first steps

Born at 27 weeks by emergency c-section, Sebastian also faced a full leg amputation in his first weeks of life. Now he’s back on his feet thanks to RCH Prosthetist Phoebe Thomson and her colleagues.

Born at 27 weeks by emergency c-section, Sebastian also faced a full leg amputation in his first weeks of life. Now he’s back on his feet thanks to RCH Prosthetist Phoebe Thomson and her colleagues.

Read more    October 25 2016, 1:26 pm

Community Counts: improving imaging for RCH kids

Thanks to community support, the RCH is now home to a state of the art Nuclear Medicine SPECT/CT Machine, a first for the children of Victoria.

Read more    October 18 2016, 11:22 am

30 Years of MCRI

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) is celebrating 30 years of life-changing discoveries.

Read more    October 6 2016, 4:28 pm

RCH launches electronic medical record

For the very first time, patients and families at the RCH have access to their medical records, and it’s our generous community of supporters who helped make it happen.

Read more    October 6 2016, 4:13 pm

Support Dr Sebastian King

It’s something we take for granted: feel hungry, eat, digest your meal and go about your day. Unfortunately, for many children enjoying a meal isn’t simple. Or enjoyable. That’s where Dr Sebastian King comes in.

Read more    August 16 2016, 2:42 pm

Community Counts: the Paediatric Intestinal Transplant Program

Thanks to philanthropy the RCH Intestinal Transplant Program is an Australian-first, saving the lives of desperately sick children.

Read more    August 16 2016, 1:25 pm

Talon's second chance

Talon wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for an organ donor. Thanks to a life-saving liver and intestinal transplant, Talon is enjoying being a kid for the first time.

Read more    August 4 2016, 3:58 pm

Intensive Care is keeping up the pace

Caring for critically ill infants, children and young people from Victoria and across the country, the RCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an exceptional place. Highly-trained staff and cutting-edge technology are essential to saving lives. As is philanthropy.

Read more    August 1 2016, 1:36 pm

Thanks Finley!

It’s been 10 years since the RCH saved Finley Warren’s life. Determined to give back to the hospital as a thank you for the care he received, Fin aims to raise $10,000 by busking from Maffra to Melbourne.

Read more    July 29 2016, 3:58 pm

Workplace Giving supports great RCH care

Philanthropy has always played a vital role in the hospital’s development and Workplace Giving is a wonderful example of community generosity. Currently, Workplace Giving is funding two important areas of the hospital: Wadja Aboriginal Family Place and the Children’s Bioethics Centre.

Read more    July 15 2016, 9:16 am

Giving is the best way to celebrate

For five year-old Ryka Gulati, holding a ‘Giving in Celebration’ birthday party for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation was an easy decision to make.

Read more    July 12 2016, 3:44 pm

Helping Heath

Jessica Bower’s uneventful pregnancy left her and husband Cameron unprepared for baby Heath’s alarming arrival. Born at 36 weeks, Heath was blue, barely breathing and paralysed on the right side. X-rays confirmed that his “lungs were not good”.

Read more    July 7 2016, 11:06 am

Community Counts: advancing cancer research across the globe

The RCH and MCRI are assisting groundbreaking cancer research across the globe thanks to community generosity.

Read more    July 5 2016, 1:06 pm

RCH nurse wins prestigious scholarship to advance care

Donna Eade, Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) with The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Gender Service, is the proud recipient of the 2016 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship.

Read more    June 30 2016, 3:22 pm

Constable Kenny Koala supports the RCH

By gum, it’s Leading Senior Constable Kenny Koala! RCH patients had the exciting opportunity to meet our favourite marsupial Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer.

Read more    June 24 2016, 4:17 pm

Community Counts: how your donations make a difference

The support of donors and fundraisers plays a major role in ensuring the RCH can provide the best possible care to patients and their families. Our new series, Community Counts, will share some of the amazing programs supported by philanthropy and first up is the EOS imaging system.

Read more    June 1 2016, 10:01 am

Akeira's Amazing Journey

A creative seven-year-old, Akeira is a star RCH patient and fundraiser. Born premature, Akeira was diagnosed at birth with a rare congenital condition called Goldenhar Syndrome that disrupted her in utero development. As a result, Akeira has hearing loss in both ears, facial abnormalities, issues with her speech and only one kidney.

Read more    May 23 2016, 9:43 am

ChIPS camps for young people with chronic illness

The Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program brings light-hearted relief to some of our sickest young people.
One of the programs offered by ChIPS is a camp, giving young people with a chronic illness the opportunity to get together for three days of fun, sun and achievement.

Read more    May 18 2016, 1:21 pm

Near Miss Grants

Cutting-edge research projects are crucial to the RCH. Not only do they attract the best and brightest to work at the hospital, they fuel breakthroughs that help children get better and go home faster.

Read more    May 5 2016, 8:51 am

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