Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Fiona Stanley Hospital Road And Park Names Revealed
Victor P Taffa
Health Minister Kim Hames today announced the names of 12 new roads and two conservation parks at the Fiona Stanley Hospital site.
“The roads and parks in the new precinct are to be named after eminent West Australians from the health sector and Aboriginal names for local sites, medicinal plants and traditional healing methods.” Dr. Hames said.
“These themes were suggested during a consultation process involving site neighbours, health organisations, health professional associations, community representatives and the cities of Melville and Cockburn.”
“The $2 Billion Fiona Stanley Hospital will be WA’s flagship hospital so it is fitting that six surrounding roads and one park are named after individuals who have made highly significant contributions to health care in the State.”
“It is also fitting that six roads and one park reflect the area’s Aboriginal culture and recognise that the precinct is located on traditional Noongar land.” Dr. Hames said.
Nine of the roads will be public roads managed by City of Melville and many will be major thoroughfares used by thousands of members of the community on a daily basis. Two will be private roads and one will be a pedestrian walkway.
The 12 roads are:
- Barry Marshall Parade – the major link between the train-bus station and Murdoch Drive; named after Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall AC;
- Bedbrook Row – private road running along the northern boundary of the State rehabilitation service; named after the late Sir George Bedbrook OBE, recognised internationally for his work in spinal research;
- Fiona Wood Road – the entry point to the precinct off South Street; named after Australian of the Year and internationally-renowned burns specialist Professor Fiona Wood AM;
- Jennalup Street – runs along the southern boundary of a major conservation reserve; named after the Aboriginal word for the local sacred site of Blackwall Reach on the Swan River;
- Koorin Crescent – links the precinct to the town square; named after the Aboriginal word for bush medicine;
- MacKellar Walk – pedestrian walkway next to Quandong Square; named after paediatrician, the late Dr Alasdair MacKellar AM, who was a pioneer and ambassador for paediatric surgery;
- Marri Close – cul-de-sac named after the Aboriginal word for the Redgum tree;
- Quandong Square – civic square near the precinct’s transport hub; named after an Aboriginal medicinal plant;
- Robin Warren Drive – Official Street Address of Fiona Stanley Hospital; named after Nobel Laureate Dr Robin Warren AC;
- Winch Way – runs along the western boundary of the southern conservation area; named after Professor Joan Winch AM for her service to Aboriginal community health;
- Wonnul Place – cul-de-sac; named after the Aboriginal word for the peppermint tree;
- Yubarl Lane – private road named after the Aboriginal word for an infusion of Ti-tree leaves.
The two parks in the precinct are:
- Aileen Plant Park – northern conservation area; named after leading epidemiologist, the late Professor Aileen Plant;
- Moitch Park – southern conservation area, accessible to the public; named after the Flooded Gum tree.
The Aboriginal names were chosen following consultation with elders from the Combined Metropolitan Working Group (Corunna, Garlett, Warrell and Wilkes families); Independent Aboriginal Environment group (Hume family); and the Bona Fide Bloodline Traditional Owners group (Jacobs Family).
“I am delighted to unveil the names of these roads and parks.” the Minister said.
“The naming of these roads is an important opportunity to honour some great West Australians and recognise Aboriginal culture.” Dr. Hames said.
“It also represents an important milestone in the development of the Fiona Stanley Hospital and health precinct as it enables work to commence connecting the site to the State’s power and water grids.”
When it opens in 2014, the 783-bed hospital, which includes 140 beds in the new State rehabilitation service, will be the southern metropolitan area’s major tertiary hospital.
Services at the hospital will include:
- Full Range of Acute Medical and Surgical Services;
- State Burns Service;
- State Rehabilitation Service;
- State-of-the-Art Emergency Care to support a Major Trauma Centre;
- Comprehensive Cancer Services, including Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities, Medical Oncology and Haematology;
- Cardiothoracic Surgery;
- Renal Transplantation and Dialysis Services;
- Mental Health Unit with a Secure Wing and a Mother-and-Baby Unit;
- Obstetrics and Neonatology Services;
- Paediatric Services;
- Facilities for Pathology, Bio-Medical Engineering and Cell Tissue Manufacturing;
- Modern Medical Imaging Centre to provide fast and accurate information to Clinicians.
A world-class Medical Research Facility will be built on the site by the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.