Our heritage

Help us celebrate 30 years of Monash Medical Centre

This year marks 30 years since Monash Medical Centre opened its doors to patients and we want your help celebrating.

If you have any old photos and mementos of the past three decades we would love to borrow them for a special exhibition to be held in September to coincide with the official opening date.

Since it opened, Monash Medical Centre has cared for millions of Victorians from birth through to end of life, and still continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of its community.

We will be happy to scan and return images, and return mementos that will be used in the exhibition.
Contact communication@monashhealth.org



Our heritage

Monash Health has a proud history of providing health care to the people of Victoria reaching back to the middle of the 1800s.

Our history can be traced back through:

  • Melbourne Benevolent Asylum established in 1850 to care for the ill and destitute of Melbourne.  In 1911 the facility opened on the current site in Cheltenham. It was renamed the Kingston Centre in 1970 and the focus of its service dramatically changed. It is now a leading centre for aged care and rehabilitation;
  • Homeopathic Hospital which operated from c.1869 to c.1934 and was the precursor of the Prince Henry’s Hospital which operated from 1934 to 1992 when services moved to Monash Medical Centre in Clayton;
  • McCulloch House  which opened in 1888 and joined with the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in 1977;
  • Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, the first Australian hospital "For women, by women". The hospital opened in 1896 and was founded by the first female medical graduates in Australia. It operated from 1896-1987  when it joined Prince Henry's Hospital and Moorabbin Hospital to form Monash Medical Centre;
  • Dandenong Hospital which opened in 1942 and integrated into the Southern Health Care Network (predecessor to Monash Health) in 1995;
  • Moorabbin Hospital which opened in 1977 as a community hospital before becoming part of Monash Medical Centre in 1987; and
  • Several community health services including those serving Cranbourne, Berwick, Dandenong, Springvale, Parkdale, Cockatoo, Bunyip

Other hospitals which formed part of Monash Health include:

  • Hampton Rehabilitation Hospital;
  • Heatherton Hospital; and
  • Mordialloc and Cheltenham Community Hospital

In 2004 the Casey Hospital opened as Victoria's newest hospital to serve one of the State's fastest growing communities.

In 2017 the Monash Children’s Hospital opened at Clayton as an integral part of Monash Medical Centre.

Monash Health, formerly called Southern Health, is the custodian of a large historical collection relating to these organisations.

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Senior Manager Community Relations
Kim Minett
Phone 9594 7626
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Honorary Curator
Dr Monica Lausch
Wed/Thurs 10am – 5pm
Phone: 9265 1807
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