Melbourne Health

Melbourne Health is one of Australia’s leading public healthcare providers. Our mission is simple – to provide world-class healthcare for our community by embracing discovery and learning, building collaborative relationships, and engaging patients in their care.

Our services are delivered through The Royal Melbourne Hospital, one of Australia’s preeminent hospitals, NorthWestern Mental Health, the largest mental health provider in Victoria, and the internationally renowned Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL).

Melbourne Health is built on a tradition of providing the best possible care for our patients, excellent teaching and training for staff and future health professionals, and a commitment to clinical research to improve outcomes for everyone in the community.

Serving a population base of more than one million Melburnians, as well as regional and rural Victorians and interstate patients, Melbourne Health is driven by its vision, ‘Passion for Caring – Achieving the Extraordinary’ and is committed to its values, underpinning all behaviour and practice.

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Spanish flu killed more people than the Great War that preceded it. And tuberculosis even more than that. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Four of the most lethal infectious diseases of our time and how we’re overcoming them

Here we explore our past and present struggles with four of the most significant infectious diseases human beings have faced, and some of the progress we've made in prevention and treatment.
Precision medicine delivers treatment based on the particular variant of the disease by taking the genetic make-up of the ill person into account. Micah Baldwin/Flickr

Precision medicine offers the hope of cures made just for you

Hidden among all the other announcements in last week’s State of the Union address by US President Barack Obama was a promise to fund a new “precision medicine initiative”. The president said it would…
Nearly 60% of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis’ global burden occurs in the Asia-Pacific region. DFAT Photo Library/ Flickr

Time to turn back the tide of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, or consumption as it used to be known, sounds like a disease that we’ve managed to fight off for good. But a drug-resistant strain of the bacteria that causes it is making a comeback, and…

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