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Naming of Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn Emergency Department unveiled

Date: 01/08/2017


Today Cabrini celebrated the naming of the Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn Emergency Department (ED) located at Cabrini Malvern and unveiled new signage to mark the occasion. 

With the support and patronage of Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn, the Cabrini’s ED will expand into its new home in the Gandel Wing, which is currently under construction and due for completion in 2019.

The event was attended by Cabrini Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh and Capital Campaign Chairman David Curtain QC, as well as members of the Alan Selwyn family.

The new, expanded ED will enable us to treat our increasingly complex patient presentations. It will include a specialised paediatric emergency area, an acute assessment area for short stays and isolation rooms to allow people who have infectious diseases to receive the care they need while reducing risk to other patients. Further, it will have its own medical imaging equipment to enhance patient comfort and convenience.

“The ED extension will be especially valuable, ensuring our patient’s stay is more efficient, comfortable and private,” says Cabrini’s Director of Emergency Dr Michael Ben-Meir. “The extension will modernise and improve our infrastructure, allowing for the inevitable growth as our population expands and ages.”

Ada and Eva Selwyn’s support of the ED is being made in honour of the legacy of their much-loved husband and father Alan Selwyn. “Alan was a man who was gracious and humble, kind and had a heart of gold,” says his wife of 66 years, Ada Selwyn. “To know Alan was to realise he was a great man, an optimist who lived life to the fullest, a man of integrity and respected by all. He is missed more than we can say.”

A businessman and multi-linguist, Alan Selwyn pioneered Australian-Japanese economic ties, was a founding member of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce and was twice a delegate to the International Economic Conference. He had a long history of philanthropic endeavours and supported hospitals, universities, medical research, museums and the arts, including as a patron of the Melbourne Arts Centre. Mr Selwyn was a governor of Tel Aviv University and received an Honorary Fellowship. Together, he and his wife Ada established a Chair in Clinical Infertility Research and Molecular Medicine. He twice represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games as captain of the bridge team.


Established at Cabrini Malvern in 2002, the Cabrini emergency department is a major window to our local community and a popular health service open 24 hours. In 2015-16, we received 22,899 presentations and of them, 11,110 were admitted to hospital. For more information about our ED visit