HRH Princess Margaret, after whom the hospital is named, visits PMH.
PMH’s first full-time neonatal physician Dr Patrick Pemberton is appointed.
An additional storey is added to the Hay Street Building to cope with demand.
The first dedicated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opens to treat preterm and newborn babies.
The PMH Auxilliary workers begin in a supportive role in the outpatients department, led by PMH Board member Jean Oldham.
Princess Margaret Hospital is declared a public hospital, attracting government funding. It now boasts the facilities and expertise to treat children with more complex conditions than ever before.
The Board of Subscribers continue to work within and fundraise for the hospital.
The State Child Development Centre opens in Rheola Street, West Perth. There are now 15 child development centres throughout the Perth metropolitan area.
The enuresis clinic opens with a nurse-led treatment program.
The renal unit is established with six transplants performed this year.
The nurses’ quarters on Roberts Road close and over the years are remodelled and converted to house administrative offices, the PMH Library, MacDonald Lecture Theatre and the University of Paediatrics.
The special needs of adolescents begin to be addressed. Dr Patricia Ryan starts advocating the need for a separate adolescent unit.
Stage one of the hospital’s redevelopment (Charles Moore Building) is completed with bright and vibrant colours at the entrance of the hospital.
Former Matron Judy Butt (later Lady Court) establishes the PMH Archives.
Dr Suzanne Robertson is appointed Head of Adolescent Services, providing community health services specifically for teenagers.
The first dedicated paediatric Oncology Ward in Western Australia is established.
Radio Lollipop begins at PMH. Lollipop volunteers visit wards, play with children and operate a radio station in the hospital that provides fun and entertainment through music, stories, games and competitions.
The last intake of PMH hospital based trained nurses begin. They finish their training in 1988.
The Charles Moore building opens. The intensive care unit and paediatric intensive care unit move to permanent locations with improved facilities.
HRH Princess Anne opens the Charles Moore Building.
Uncomplicated cardiac surgery is now performed at PMH instead of Royal Perth Hospital, bringing a significant drop in mortality.
The PMH volunteer-run Friendship Room opens on Level 7, to cater for parents awaiting their child’s return from theatre.
PMH becomes a fully fledged Children’s Hospital Medical Centre partnering with the WA Research Institute of Child Health, UWA Department of Paediatrics, the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia and the Children’s Hospital Childcare Centre.
Matron Judy Butt retires after more than 30 years in the position.