Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

Not to be confused with Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton.
"New Children's Hospital" redirects here. For the planned children's hospital in Dublin, Ireland, see new children's hospital (Dublin).
Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

Hospital entrance
Location Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°48′06″S 150°59′31″E / 33.8017°S 150.992°E / -33.8017; 150.992Coordinates: 33°48′06″S 150°59′31″E / 33.8017°S 150.992°E / -33.8017; 150.992
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Sydney
Emergency department Yes
Beds 340
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1880
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (also known as The Children's Hospital at Westmead) is a children's hospital in Sydney, New South Wales. The Hospital was founded in 1880 as "The Sydney Hospital for Sick Children". Its name was changed to the "Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children" on 4 January 1904 when King Edward VII granted use of the appellation ‘Royal’ and his consort, Queen Alexandra, consented to the use of her name.

It is one of three children's hospitals in New South Wales. It is currently located on Hawkesbury Road in Westmead and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.

On 1 July 2010 it became part of the newly formed 'Sydney Children's Hospital Network (Randwick and Westmead) incorporating the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children'.[1]

Name and relocation

RAHC Camperdown

The hospital was opened in 1880 as the Sydney Hospital for Sick Children by a group of concerned citizens, led by Lady Allen the wife of Sir George Wigram Allen, who were worried about the health of the younger members of society in New South Wales. It soon out-grew the small building in which it was housed at Glebe Point. In 1906 it moved to a much grander building, designed by Harry Kent in Camperdown, where it stayed for 89 years, where it was known as the Camperdown Children's Hospital.[2]:34

In 1995, the hospital was relocated to its current location in Westmead to better serve the growing populations of western Sydney.

This relocation involved amalgamation with most of the paediatric services of nearby Westmead Hospital (apart from neonates) to form a new hospital with a new name; initially "The New Children's Hospital" and more recently "The Children's Hospital at Westmead". The official name of the hospital; the "Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children" is retained.

Notable doctors and board members

Some notable individuals connected to the history of the Children's Hospital are:

Notable patients

Some notable individuals connected to the history of the Children's Hospital are:

Adolescent health

The Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Westmead seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people aged 12 – 24. The key focus areas include developing information and resources; capacity building to increase workers’ skills and confidence in adolescent health; supporting applied research; advocacy & policy development to increase leadership and action for adolescent health.[4]

The hospital provides a transgender support service for gender dysphoria,[5] for which demand has "tripled", with the youngest client being a four-year-old who has identified as transgender. While clinical psychologist Rose Cantali said that age is, "absolutely too early" for a child to change gender, transgender gynaecologist Rosemary Jones has said that four is a "good age" and that "parents who have any sense can usually pick it".[6]

See also


  1. "Health Services Order 2010" (PDF). NSW Government.
  2. Venables, Lisa. Saving Zali. Macmillan Publishers Australia. 2014.
  3. Yu, John, 'Dods, Sir Lorimer Fenton (1900–1981)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Retrieved 11 August 2012
  4. "Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Westmead". Sydney Children's Hospital. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. "Transgender Support Services & Information" (PDF). ABC News. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. Gleeson, Ashleigh (1 September 2016). "Preschooler begins transition aged four: Children as young as three claiming gender dysphoria". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
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