About Canberra Hospital

Canberra Hospital (TCH) is an acute care teaching hospital of approximately 600 beds, and a tertiary referral centre that provides a broad range of specialist services to the people of the ACT and South East NSW.

Canberra Hospital is the largest public hospital in the region, supporting a population of almost 540,000, with strong links to community-based services that provide continuity of care for patients.

A principal university teaching hospital

Canberra Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School.

The World University Rankings 2009 published in the London Times Higher Education Supplement, recently ranked The Australian National University (ANU) as the 17th best university in the world and number one in Australia.

The Canberra Clinical School enhances the hospital's teaching status and capacity in clinical services, teaching and research. The hospital is also part of the University of Canberra 's School of Nursing.

The Hospital has a strong national and international reputation in research and teaching, and is affiliated with a number of pre-eminent research institutions, including the internationally acclaimed John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University.

A Health Promoting Hospital

Canberra Hospital is a Heath Promoting Hospital, under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and committed to providing patients with quality acute care health services.


The original Canberra Hospital commenced operations in Balmain Crescent, Acton in May 1914, with only eight beds. The interim weatherboard building with a corrugated iron roof could accommodate only 28 patients, with a small flat out the back for the two nurses.

Woden Valley Hospital and Royal Canberra Hospital were amalgamated in 1991 when the Woden hospital campus underwent major redevelopment. This combined facility was renamed Canberra Hospital in 1996.

Today, a comprehensive range of services is delivered from the Canberra Hospital campus, including acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services and pathology services.