Which Aussie hospital is a quadruple threat on the world rankings?

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Australia’s specialised hospitals did well on the Newsweek list, with QCH and Peter Mac standing out in their fields, but who hit a home run?

Queensland Children’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have taken out spots in the top 15 (10th and 14th) paediatrics and oncology hospitals in Newsweek’s “World’s Best Specialised Hospitals” list.

The list ranked hospitals specialising in cardiology, oncology, paediatrics, cardiac surgery, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, urology and obstetrics and gynaecology. Sixty-one Australian hospitals made it to the list.

Royal Melbourne Hospital was recognised as a quadruple threat, ranking 24th in neurology, 35th in orthopaedics, 39th in endocrinology and 41st in cardiac surgery.

Australian hospitals in the top 50 of their respective specialties included: 

  • Queensland Children’s Hospital (10th in paediatrics);
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Victoria, 14th in oncology);
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital (Victoria, 24th in neurology, 35th in orthopaedics, 39th in endocrinology, and 41st in cardiac surgery);
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (26th in paediatrics);
  • Children’s Hospital at Westmead (NSW, 29th in paediatrics);
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA, 36th in orthopaedics); and,
  • Prince Charles Hospital (Queensland, 39th in cardiology).

Thirty-two of the 36 hospitals in the top three rankings were based in the US. Other spots went to Canada’s Hospital for Sick Children (second in paediatrics), University College Hospital in London (second in obstetrics and gynaecology), Asan Medical Centre in South Korea (third in endocrinology), and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany (third for neurosurgery).

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The ranking process involved a worldwide online survey completed by tens of thousands of experts (mostly doctors, but hospital managers and other healthcare professionals also participated), which required them to nominate a hospital in their field of specialty, and hospitals of a secondary field. Surveyees were not allowed to nominate their own hospital, and their professional experience was considered when assigning scores to hospitals.

Additionally, the hospital’s accreditations and the use of patient reported outcome measures were taken into account when applicable.

“This is fantastic recognition for the work done by the staff at Peter Mac and the quality care we provide to our patients every day,” Acting Peter Mac CEO Karen Fox said.

“Our clinical staff and researchers are at the forefront … when it comes to caring for patients with cancer and looking for new ways to achieve even better outcomes.”

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