Statement from Nick Freezer, Head of Monash Children's
I was absolutely delighted to receive news of the Victorian Government’s commitment to the health of the children in the south east of Melbourne with the investment of $250 million in a new Monash Children’s Centre at Clayton.
This has been a long time in the planning and it fantastic to be able to see the vision that we have for Monash Children’s come to reality.
Last year we launched “Monash Children’s”, with the aim of raising awareness of the unique service that we offer- a single integrated newborn, child and adolescent service linking three campuses – Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital making us Victoria’s second largest children’s hospital.
This announcement of a new Monash Children’s Centre at Clayton ensures that we can continue to meet the demand of the health needs of fast growing south-east region of Melbourne, Victoria, home to over 330,000 children aged between 0–19 years and growing rapidly.
We are currently the only designated hospital in Victoria for tertiary health, the highest level, of children’s services other than the Royal Children’s, a major paediatric referral centre for many services for children from the Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland and the rest of Victoria with neonatal and paediatric intensive care facilities.
We offer several services which are not provided elsewhere in Victoria including the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, paediatric thalassaemia, centres for fetal surgery and paediatric cardiac electrophysiology.
I am extremely proud of the fantastic work of all the medical, nursing and support staff within Monash Childrens’s and the groundbreaking research and medical breakthroughs that we have witnessed in the last few years. I am very pleased that the government has recognised this in their commitment to building a new Monash Children’s at Clayton.