Congratulations to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney Clinical School for 140 years in operation.
Over the years, this partnership has consistently facilitated incredible pioneering in NSW's health industry, performing the State's first open heart surgery amongst countless other milestones in patient care and healthcare innovation.
Breakthroughs in treatment have been continuously championed by RPA to this day, with the hospital's patients often being the first in the entire country to receive new, more effective medications and procedures.
RPA's trailblazing research is of international interest. This comes as no surprise given the hospital's strong roots in health education and partnership with the USyd Clinical School. RPA stood as the first teaching hospital in NSW and even now hosts the largest student intake in NSW as well as one of the largest staff made up of resident medical officers in NSW.
Continuing its legacy, which was built upon the philosophy that its doors will always be open to those in need of help, RPA treats more than 1000 patients every day.
I congratulate and thank the healthcare workers at RPA.