Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital gets its name from an amazing Queensland physician who has left a lasting legacy in pediatric health.

Queensland’s newest children’s hospital has been named Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The hospital takes its name after pioneering Queensland physician Lady Phyllis Cilento, who dedicated her career to women’s and children’s health and consequently Lady Cilento became a household name in the 1930s.

Lady Cliento authored 24 books, was an advocate of vitamins and natural childbirth and left a lasting legacy in pediatric healthcare in Queensland. She worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in the 1930s, known today as the Royal Children’s Hospital. At her home in Annerley she also established her own private obstetrics practice.

The naming ceremony of the hospital was attended by her descendants and Premier Campbell Newman made note of the pioneer’s achievements and passion for women’s and children’s health.

“In choosing a name for Queensland’s new children’s hospital, we were keen to honour a pioneering champion of child and family health, someone whose life’s work made a real difference to future generations,” Mr Newman said.

Premier Newman went on to discuss the government’s efforts to improve and maintain health services.

“My Government is committed to providing the best, free public health system in Australia. Huge progress has already been made with Queensland emergency departments now being ranked as the best performing in the country.”

This new hospital will be the biggest public children’s hospital in the country. The new hospital will merge the staff of the Royal Children’s hospital and the Mater Children’s hospital.

The hospital is part of a $1.5 billion development that will include a academic research facility, refurbished headquarters, land to accommodate families, improved road access and a new Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service building. You can find more information about the hospital and development at the Queensland Children’s Hospital website.

What do you think of this new development? Will it improve children’s health services in Queensland?