There are scores of private hospitals in Melbourne, although only a handful of public. Private hospitals are often smaller, housed in Heritage buildings with low bed numbers. All hospitals listed here are the larger, well-known hospitals with extensive specialist departments. If a particular treatment needed is not available from one of the following hospitals, they will make arrangements for you at a facility that provides the service needed.
89 Bridge Road, Richmond (Main Campus)
03 9426 6666
Epworth HealthCare is a provider of acute medical, surgical and rehabilitation services in Melbourne. The group has four divisions: Epworth Richmond, Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons and Epworth Rehabilitation, with rehabilitation sites at Richmond, Camberwell and Brighton. With over 1200 beds and more than 4000 staff, Epworth HealthCare is Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private hospital group.
Cabrini Hospital Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern (Main Campus)
03 9508 1222
Cabrini Health is a not-for-profit Catholic health care service. With six sites and over 700 beds, Cabrini Health comprises two acute care hospitals, a palliative care service and a residential care facility. Although you do not need to be Catholic to use a Catholic health service or hospital, if your case involves a possible pregnancy termination or other treatment that is not condoned by the Catholic Church, you should probably look elsewhere. The Royal Women’s Hospital (see below) is one public provider of terminations and there are several private clinics, usually listed under Fertility Control and Family Planning in the Melbourne Yellow Pages.
It is worth noting that many Public Hospitals in Melbourne also have Private sections or campuses available to those with private health insurance, or willing to pay the extra cost. Public hospitals with private facilities will be noted below.
Saint Vincent’s Hospital
41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy (Main Campus)
03 9288 2211
Private Care: Yes
500 registered beds and more than 1,600 staff across three campuses in Fitzroy, East Melbourne and Kew. St Vinnie’s is one of Melbourne’s busiest and biggest acute care hospitals. Major specialties include orthopedics, cardiac services, maternity, reconstructive plastic surgery and neurosciences. Also ear, nose and throat, oncology and hematology, brain and spinal, gynecology, oral and maxillofacial and gastrointestinal. Take note, emergency care facilities for St. Vincent are located at the Fitzroy campus only.
75 Commercial Road, Prahran
03 9076 2000
Private Care: No
The Alfred is the most well known and extensive of Melbourne hospitals.
Alfred Health is the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne and a major provider of specialist statewide services to the people of Victoria. These services are provided across the continuum of care from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services. The Alfred is a teaching hospital, and has an Emergency Room (which is where you will most likely be taken by an ambulance for any accident or injury occurring in the inner city area).
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street, Parkville (Main Campus)
03 9342 7000
Private Care: Yes
Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus is a tertiary, teaching, referral hospital providing specialist and general medical and surgical services, including cardiac, neuroscience and oncology, as well providing a major trauma service and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service. Sub-acute care, including aged care, rehabilitation, ambulatory care, and residential and community services are located at the Royal Park campus, just a few blocks further north.
The Royal Women’s Hospital
Grattan St and Flemington Rd, Parkville (next to the Royal Melbourne Hospital)
03 8345 2000
Private Care: Yes
This hospital (often referred to by locals as “The Women’s) is located at the top of the CBD and is Australia’s largest specialist womens’ hospital. It offers a full range of services in maternity, gynecology, neonatal care and women’s health. It also offers complementary services such as social work, physiotherapy and pastoral care. Specialist clinics in Infertility and Endometriosis are also available. It is a major teaching hospital of over 200 beds with links to the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. Co-located in the same building is the Frances Perry Private Hospital, a 69 bed private hospital for women.
While there are too many doctors in Melbourne to list, the following medical centres come highly recommended from expats who have used them previously.
South Yarra Medical Centre
5/102-108 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
03 9820 1144
General Services from a range of both male and female doctors. Provides travel vaccinations, counseling, physical therapy, and minor surgical procedures.
157 Clarendon Street, Southbank
03 9699 9121
General family and pediatric services. Consultations on diet and food allergies, as well as a specialist section for Gay and Lesbian Health Services.
Clinicare Family Multidiscipline Practice
144 Smith Street, Collingwood (Main Office)
03 9417 3377
Team of seven rotating doctors for general assessment and care, with good reputation.
Errol Dental Studio
1/59 Errol St, North Melbourne
03 9328 3144
Nice small dental practice in easily accessible North Melbourne. Courteous staff and warm environment.
Dr. Richard Skinner
9th Flr, Suite 2, 15 Collins Street, CBD
03 9662 1505
http://www.dentistskinner.com.au/ Friendly studio, conveniently located in the city. Offers general cleaning as well as specialist services and dental surgery.
Manchester Unity Dental Clinic
220 Collins, CBD
03 9654 8055
Located in the middle of the city, this two-doctor clinic is convenient and well appointed. Watching a movie through special goggles provided here while having treatment done can make going to the dentist far more bearable.
81 Grattan Street, Carlton
03 9349 3919
Very advanced eye care clinic, offering complex contact fitting (great for those with astigmatism) and Corneal Reshaping.
Melbourne Optical Centre
259 Elizabeth St, CBD
03 9602 3130
Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this clinic offers Bulk Billing and an extensive range of eye wear from designers.