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About Edith Collins

Dr Edith Collins was a paediatrician and pioneer of maternal and neonatal addiction treatment in Australia. She was the first to describe foetal alcohol syndrome in Australian babies and she dedicated much of her career to improving services and outcomes for highly disadvantaged and marginalised women.

Guided by purpose and compassion, Dr Collins established the first drugs-in-pregnancy service in Australia. The service operated in the King George V Building on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus in Sydney – within the same local health district that we now call home.


Dr Collins’ pioneering spirit lives on through the work of the Centre. We are honoured to bear her name and maintain her legacy of compassion in medicine and society.

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