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Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Did you know Royal Perth Hospital is the oldest hospital in Western Australia? Discover how the Royal Perth Hospital developed from the Colonial Hospital of 1855 to the urban hospital it is today.

Nursing is a vital part of the hospital and the history of nursing is described from Florence Nightingale with her introduction of formal training in the 1860s, to contemporary nursing. The museum contains many medical devices – you can get up close to machines that measured brain activity or ‘cured’ acne with high frequency electricity. Cast your eyes over the ophthalmology display. View the iron lung that assisted Paul Berry, an artist with polio, to breathe. The museum has several of Paul’s artwork on display, which he painted with his toes. And the anaesthetics display is anything but coma inducing!