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About Us

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The American Women's Association was established over 80 years ago as a philanthropic organisation with the purpose of bringing American women together.

As an auxiliary to the Royal Children's Hospital, we provide support through fundraising and volunteer efforts. As a social organisation, we provide friendship and support to our members in their 'home away from home'.

We have assisted thousands of women connect with others and find their way here in Melbourne. We offer women the chance to join activity groups, and to be engaged with their new community through fundraising and volunteer opportunities.

We celebrate our cultural heritage with events on the major American holidays and host fundraising events throughout each year to raise money for the hospital.

Over the years, our organisation has raised over $4 million and provided thousands of volunteer hours to the Royal Children's Hospital.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Our fundraising has made a significant impact in the lives of many.

We have enabled The Royal Children's Hospital to purchase numerous pieces of equipment in the past 10 years, including:

  • Mobile X-Ray Gantry for the hospital's Emergency Dept
  • Nitric Oxide Exhaler for Respiratory Dept
  • Jaeger Baby Body Lung Function Assessment System for Respiratory Dept
  • Phacoemulsification Vitrectomy Machine for Opthalmology Dept 
  • YAG Laser for dermatology for severe birthmarks
  • Intra-operative Monitoring System for Spinal & Cranial Surgery - Neurology Dept
  • 6 Ventilators for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Applied BioSystems Sequence Detection System - for gene analysis -ANZHRC (Heart Research Centre)
  • Philips Transducers (Mini Multi-Transeosphageal Probe, Intraoperative Linear Probe, Ultraband
  • Cardiac Transducer) for cardiac evaluation
  • Philips Cardiovascular Ultrasound System
  • HP Workstation and monitor
  • Heart and Lung Bypass Unit

From 2013 - 2015, the AWA supported the Children's Bioethics Centre within the RCH.

Our History

Sixteen women came together on June 1, 1931 with the hope of contributing to their adopted country. 80 years and thousands of members later the American Women's Association is still thriving and contributing to our adopted…