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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    New name proposed for state’s children’s hospital

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    New name proposed for state’s children’s hospital

    Queensland parents may soon be taking their kids to the “Queensland Children’s Hospital” under a proposal to change the name of the state’s specialist paediatric hospital.

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles today launched public consultation on a proposal to change the name of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to Queensland Children’s Hospital.

    “I’ve been asked to change the name by the hospital medical staff association and the Children’s Hospital Foundation has also asked me to consider this,” Mr Miles said.

    “These groups support a name change, and so do I.”

    Research undertaken by Queensland Health showed that parents of children aged 16 and under believed it was vital the state have a specialized children’s public hospital. Almost 90% of parents said it was “important” or “really important” that Queensland have a specialized children’s public health hospital.

    But just under half (49%) of Queensland parents know that Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is a public hospital. And almost a quarter of parents – 23% – believe Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is a private hospital.

    “I’ve had doctors tell me parents are worried they can’t afford treatment at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital because they think it’s a private hospital.

    “I don’t want even the slightest risk that parents think they can’t or shouldn’t have their child treated at this hospital if they need it,” Mr Miles said.

    Mr Miles last week received a petition from almost 900 staff asking for a name change.

    “Researchers have told me that the current hospital name also causes confusion overseas,” Mr Miles said.

    “And the Children’s Hospital Foundation believes they can raise more money for life-saving medical research and vital new medical equipment if we change the name of the hospital.”

    “The Foundation believes changing the hospital’s name will help them raise extra philanthropic and charitable donations for decades and decades to come.”

    The Queensland public will have a month to comment on the proposal on the Get Involved website.

    “I believe a strong case has been made,” Mr Miles said.

    “Doctors, nurses, staff, researches, fundraisers, believe they can help more Queensland kids if we change the hospital’s name.

    “That’s a hard argument to ignore.”

    Mr Miles said if approved any name change would be substantially complete by the end of the year.

    "Changes would include building and entry signage, street and traffic signage, helipad signage, and precinct maps," Mr Miles said

    "Stationery, letterhead, IT system identifiers and other incidental name changes would be undertaken as the need arose."

    Mr Miles said the Department of Health would be consulting with Lady Cilento’s family during the consultation.

    “I also believe that if there is a name change it may be appropriate to rename a part of the hospital after Lady Cilento," he said. 

    The hospital opened as Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in November 2014. It was named after Queensland medical practitioner and author Phyllis Cilento.

    To have your say, visit: 

    https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/5305/view.html

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