About RAH Health Museum

The Health Museum is currently supported by the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Central Adelaide Local Health Networks. It is run by the Heritage Office team who are supported by dedicated volunteers working in all areas from collection management and conservation to digitization.

Launched in May 2014, the web-based Health Museum showcases objects and biographies from the collections of:

  • Royal Adelaide Hospital Heritage Office
  • Calvary Hospital
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • South Australian Dental Historical Society
  • St John Ambulance Museum
Royal Adelaide Hospital Front Entrance, 1872

Royal Adelaide Hospital Front Entrance, 1872

In the long term it will cover all aspects of South Australian health, recognising the many contributions made by professionals, not just those in hospitals, but in the community as a whole (including industry). In addition to doctors, nurses and surgeons, it will also acknowledge the work of dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, laboratory staff, bio-medical engineers, hospital administrators and departments of various institutions.


The Heritage Office houses a diverse range of historical medical objects, collections and archival records. Researchers can search a proportion of the collection online and can make an appointment to gain access to the full collection. Publications are available for use in research and are a valuable resource to the operations of the Heritage Office and cover aspects of the development of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

fThe books explore the history of the Royal Adelaide Hospital from the very beginning of the institution, with titles including A History of the Royal Adelaide Hospital by J Estcourt Hughes and To Succour and To Teach by Ian L D Forbes, and the history of nurses, nursing and nursing education at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, including Eleven Thousand Nurses and They Became Nurses: A History of Nursing in South Australia by Joan Durdin.


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