Provenance
RWH - Royal Women's Hospital


Details

The Royal Women’s Hospital is the successor organisation to the hospital created in August 1856 and known as the Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children. With the exception of a nine year period between 1995 and 2004 when the hospital was compulsorily merged with the Royal Children’s Hospital to form the Women’s and Children’s Health Care Network (subsequently Women’s and Children’s Health) the hospital has been in continuous operation, although occasionally changing its name and organisational structure. Such changes have generally been the result of changes in Victorian state legislation.

During the period 1995-2004 the RWH continued to function under its own name despite legally being part of the network. Network records which only relate to Royal Women’s Hospital functions are attributed to the RWH provenance. Records created at the executive level which relate to both hospitals are attributed to the Women’s and Children’s Health Care Network / Women’s and Children’s Health provenance.

The provenance "Royal Women’s Hospital" will be given to all records of this hospital from 1856 to the present.

Names by which the hospital has been known over the years are:

1856 - c.1886 Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children

c.1886 - c.1888 Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women

c.1888 - c. 1943 The Women’s Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women

c.1943 - 1954 The Women’s Hospital

1954 - 1995 The Royal Women’s Hospital (royal warrant conferred by Queen Elizabeth II)

1995 - 2004 The Royal Women’s Hospital (as part of network)

2004 - present The Royal Women’s Hospital (fully independent again)

The Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children was founded in August 1856 by a group of benevolently inclined women (the Ladies Committee or Committee of Management) led by Frances Perry, wife of Melbourne's first Anglican Bishop and two young doctors, Richard Thomas Tracy and John Maund. Funds were raised to establish the Hospital from subscribers and after a year or so from the Victorian Government. It was first located at 41 Albert Street, East Melbourne, but established itself in Madeline Street (to become Swanston Street) Carlton in 1858 once community and government support were secured.

See Provenance notes for Board of Management and Richard Thomas Tracy.


RWH Executive Structure (February 2005)

Chief Executive Officer
Legal Council
Clinical Governance Unit
Redevelopment Project
Project Management
Change management
Relocation Planning & Imptlementation
Clinical Services Directors
Women's Health
Neonatal Services
Clinical Operations
Executive Director, Finance & Corporate Services
Finance
Corporate
Shared Services
Clinical Portfolio - Clinical Operations
Executive Director, Planning, Development & Communications
Service Planning & Development
Communications
Service Reviews
Fundraising
Corporate Planning
Clinical Portfolio - Women's Health
Executive Nurse & Midwife Advisor
Policy & Practice
Professional Development
Recruitment & Retention
Royal Bank
Clinical Portfolio - Neonatal Services


Published by the The Royal Women's Hospital Archives Department, November 2006
Listed by Robyn Waymouth
HTML edition Robyn Waymouth
Updated 28 November 2006
http://www.thewomenshistory.org.au/history/guides/general/hdms.htmRWH.htm

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