Children's hospitals in Australia

Children’s hospitals (also known as paediatric hospitals) specialise in the medical needs of children and teenagers. At children’s hospital the staff are specifically trained in taking care of children and teenagers. Chances are there will also be more child-geared activities on hand such as kids films and child entertainers. Expand the boxes below to learn more about children’s hospitals in each state.

Some children’s hospitals do not treat children’s cancer, so you may need to move to a different state for treatment. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for families who need to do this, including personal stories from other families who have been there before.

We have tried to include all the practical information you will need including accommodation services, visiting hours and parking. If we have missed something, let us know.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children has a Paediatric Department which provides care for all children and adolescents in the ACT and surrounding areas with acute and chronic health needs including cancer. The Paediatric Department is located on level one of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, corner of Gilmore Crescent and Hospital Road, Garran. Click here to see a map.

You can find out more information about accommodation services, visiting hours, and parking here. For a list of what to bring to hospital visit this page. Make sure you also speak to your social worker if you haven’t already received your Redkite Red Bag.

Playroom at Centenary Hospital, ACT

John Hunter Children’s Hospital 

John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH) is a specialised tertiary referral paediatric hospital in Newcastle. The Hospital provides complex medical, surgical, major trauma and neonatal care services for Northern NSW. You can find information about the oncology team and available services here.

The Children’s Cancer and Haematology Service at John Hunter Children’s Hospital include diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for children and young people up to and including 18 years of age. The Service treats all forms of paediatric cancer including solid tumours and lymphoreticular malignancies. In addition, children and young people with non-malignant haematological conditions can access specialist paediatric haematology consultation, review and management.

Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) has been treating children in NSW, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for almost 50 years. Visit these links for information about parking, food, facilities and activities. 

The Kid’s Cancer Centre (KCC) at Randwick has a large multi-disciplinary department with medical and psychosocial expertise in looking after children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. You can learn more about the team and view their profiles here. The Centre provides:

  • Comprehensive assessment and diagnosis for patients with cancer and both malignant and non-malignant blood disorders.
  • Detailed information about treatment and follow-up.
  • Age appropriate written and verbal information about diagnosis, treatment and follow up so both parents and patients have an understanding about their conditions.
  • Nursing expertise in the management of children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.
  • Cancer related education for patients, family, friends, schools and workplaces.

You can find additional information on their website about cancer and blood disorders, as well as family stories. KCC has also put together some information on late effects. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on this topic too.

The Kid’s Cancer Centre, Randwick

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the largest children’s cancer unit in NSW. Up to 150 new children with cancer are referred to the Centre each year.

You can find practical information about directions and parking on this page, as well as a detailed directory for food, facilities and activities here. Watch the welcome video below to learn more about the hospital, or visit their information pages.

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on childhood cancer, including several podcasts from Dr Geoff McCowage, a Paediatric Oncologist and Senior Staff Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. You can also find content on the Oncology Long Term Follow Up Clinic, and the Starlight express rooms in NSW hospitals.

There are certain types of cancers that are not able to be treated in the NT including children’s cancer. Below is some information about the hospitals in NT, but you may need to be referred interstate for your child’s cancer treatment. You may be eligible for financial help with accommodation and transport if you need to travel for treatment. Go to the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme for more information.

Cancer Advisor is looking for more content for families that have to relocate for treatment. Please leave a comment below, recommend a resource, or share you story to help other families.

Alice Springs Hospital

Alice Springs Hospital has a paediatric department that admits over 1,500 children each year of which the majority are Aboriginal children. There is an Aboriginal Liasion Officer who can help provide culturally appropriate support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families including help with:

  • interpreting,
  • family meetings,
  • Centrelink forms,
  • banking, and
  • complaints.

You can find their contact details and other services available on this information page.

Paediatric ward, Alice Springs Hospital

Royal Darwin Hospital

You can find an overview of the services available at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) here. RDH has a Starlight express room in the paediatric department.

Starlight express room, Royal Darwin Hospital

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital 

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Brisbane (LCCH) is the major specialist children’s hospital for families in Queensland and northern New South Wales. You can find more information about their oncology unit and team here. For practical information about visiting the hospital, see this article which includes:

Cancer Advisor also has a range of articles about different services available at LCCH including music therapy, accommodation support, school program, the Starlight express room, transport and facilities. There are some Facebook support groups for parents and other peer support resources available. You can also find out more about what to expect at LCCH through these videos.

Welcome to LCCH from Children’s Health Queensland on Vimeo.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide

The Department of Clinical Haematology/Oncology at Women’s and Children’s Hospital cares for children from South Australia, Broken Hill, the Northern Territory and Western areas of Victoria. It assists people who require investigation and treatment of haematological disorders, diseases requiring bone marrow transplantation, and cancer including brain tumours.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital have factsheets on specific cancer types including:

You can learn more about their accommodation services, butterfly card, and parking information here.

Play deck at Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Royal Hobart Hospital

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania’s largest hospital and the major teaching hospital of the University of Tasmania (Faculty of Health Sciences). RHH does not have a paediatric oncology department, so most children and young people with cancer will need to relocate for treatment. However, the hospital does have a Cancer Support Centre which offers programs and support groups. If you have finished treatment and are living in Hobart, you may wish to read more about the support services available.

The objectives of the Cancer Support Centre are to provide people affected with cancer including the individual with the diagnosis, their family members, carers or significant support persons with:

  • a non-clinical place where people affected by cancer can spend time without an appointment;
  • the opportunity for people to meet others informally in a similar situation;
  • access to appropriate, quality and relevant resources and information on cancer, cancer treatments, support and accredited complementary programs and therapies;
  • access to individual support and organised support programs; and
  • access to information and wellbeing programs such as yoga, relaxation, exercise, art, music or survivorship.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres. It is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer. With over 2,500 staff including more than 580 laboratory and clinical researchers, their focus is on providing better treatments, better care and potential cures for cancer. While Peter Mac treats adults, they also have OnTrac at Peter Mac, the Victorian cancer service for adolescents and young adults.

You might like to look at this information on different cancer types. You can learn about the services at Peter Mac including diagnostics, treatments and support services here. Peter Mac also has information about clinical trials. Check out this page if you are looking for information specific to adolescents and young adults. 

Cancer imaging at Peter Mac

Monash Children’s Hospital

Monash Children’s Hospital has been caring for children for more than 100 years. It is one of Australia’s leading children’s hospitals and is part of Monash Health – Victoria’s largest public health service. The hospital cares for more than 100,000 children every year.

The main hospital is located in Clayton and has satellite sites at Casey Hospital and Dandenong Hospital. Monash is Victoria’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and provides leading paediatric services in Rehabilitation, Oncology, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Palliative Care.

Monash Children’s Hospital is also the Victorian Referral Centre for many low-volume and high-complex cases. Their services are linked to an adult service, allowing a transition-of-care as children grow older and move to an adult service.

Monash also has its own school established to provide education support for children who are inpatients and/or outpatients of Monash Children’s Hospital inclusive of Early in Life Mental Health Services (ELMHS). The Monash Children’s Hospital School is a Department of Education and Training school.

Click on the links to find out about parking, visiting hours and accommodation options.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Children’s Cancer Centre (CCC) is the largest partner in the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS) and is a member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care program. The CCC is the only provider of complex children’s cancer care and stem cell transplantation in the state of Victoria. The CCC is recognised as an international leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancer, each year treating around 180 newly diagnosed cancer patients under the age of 18.

You can find their visitor directory map here, or see their virtual tour. For information about parking, accommodation, or other facilities visit this guide to RCH. 

Perth Children’s Hospital

Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has replaced Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) as Western Australia’s specialist paediatric hospital and trauma centre, providing medical care to children and adolescents up to 16 years of age. The 298-bed hospital provides treatment for the most serious medical cases, as well as secondary services including inpatient, outpatient and day-stay care.

The Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology and Haematology provides a wide range of services for the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. You can check out this interactive tool to take a virtual tour of the hospital, in particular you might want to see the pages on parent accommodation

Parent lounge at PCH


You can find practical information about the hospital on the following pages:

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