The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) began in 1848 as Victoria’s first public hospital, and today is one of the largest healthcare providers in Australia. 

Key points

  • The RMH is one of the largest health providers in Australia
  • We provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical and mental health services, as well as rehabilitation, aged care, specialist clinics and community programs
  • We deliver our services across multiple locations, in people's homes and in the community
  • We are part of the Parkville Precinct

The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) began in 1848 as Victoria’s first public hospital with only 10 beds to our name. And while we were small in size, we had the community of Melbourne behind us and we were ready to provide the best possible care for those in need. 

Since those early years, we’ve moved forward with purpose. Always at the forefront, leading the way on improving the quality of life for all.

Our purpose

Advancing health for everyone, every day

Our community promise

Always there when it matters most

Our values

People First. Lead with Kindness. Excellence Together.

We do things The Melbourne Way. We put people first, we lead with kindness, and we achieve excellence together. We are The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Today, the RMH is one of the largest health providers in Australia, providing a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical and mental health services, as well as rehabilitation, aged care, specialist clinics and community programs.

Our 11,000 people embody who we are and what we stand for. Our reputation for caring for all Melburnians is as essential to who we are as any scientific breakthrough we make. We’re here when it matters most, and we’ll continue to be the first to speak out for our diverse community’s wellbeing.

Our services

Our care extends from the RMH Parkville at Grattan St across to the RMH Royal Park, the RMH Elizabeth St and in the community.

We are a designated statewide provider for services such as trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key areas, including neurosciences, nephrology, cardiology and virtual health.

The RMH Parkville provides general and specialist medical and surgical acute services. Subacute services, including rehabilitation and aged care, specialist clinics and community programs are provided at the RMH Royal Park.

Our mental health services work in partnership with consumers and carers to provide a comprehensive suite of general and specialist services to adult and older adults within the community, residential and health services. We also deliver many statewide specialist mental health services, including the neuropsychiatry service and the eating disorder service.

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The Parkville Precinct

We are surrounded by a precinct of brilliant thinkers, and we’re constantly collaborating to set new benchmarks in health excellence - benchmarks that impact across the globe.

This includes the world-renowned Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, our joint venture with the University of Melbourne.

And while the work we’re doing takes us in inspiring new directions, we lead with kindness that defines a better standard of care.

The RMH Foundation

The RMH Foundation seeks to improve the lives of the Victorian community by raising urgently needed funds for the Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

The RMH Foundation is proud to partner with individuals and organisations to raise funds for the hospital.  

Find out more about the RMH Foundation.

Neurology and Stroke ward staff
Neurology and Stroke ward staff

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Our history and archives

Learn more about the origins of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and how it has evolved over more than 170 years

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The RMH Function and Convention Centre

Information about the function rooms available to book at the RMH for conferences and meetings.

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Last updated 13 May 2024