Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Building Starts On New Facility For Medical Research Institute
Victor P Taffa
Construction has begun on a world-class medical research facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) to increase the State’s ability to attract leading medical scientists.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the WA Institute for Medical Research’s (WAIMR) new $112 Million Centre would be part of an integrated health precinct and become a major asset for Western Australia.
“This new building will bring together leading laboratory-based scientists and clinical researchers across a range of fields from around the globe.” Dr. Hames said.
“It will enhance WA’s existing research capability and effectiveness and create a medical research hub where information can be shared, collaborations formed and medical breakthroughs achieved.”
The new 10-storey centre scheduled to open in 2013 will accommodate about 800 researchers and staff from research bodies such as The University of Western Australia, Lions Eye Institute, Heart Research Institute, Lung Institute of WA and Keogh Institute and will incorporate cutting-edge laboratories, research space, equipment and facilities.
“Enabling research groups at QEIIMC to co-locate to a single building will also generate free space within Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for location of core hospital functions.” the Minister said.
The facility is one of eight major projects that will transform the QEIIMC site in the next five years into one of the State’s major centres for medical, research and education excellence.
The QEIIMC WAIMR building is the result of successful collaborations between the State and Federal Governments ($25 Million and $50 Million respectively), The University of Western Australia ($25 Million), the McCusker Foundation ($1.5 Million) and Lotterywest ($5.4 Million).
A second research centre, to which the State is also contributing $25 Million, is planned for construction at the Fiona Stanley Hospital site in Murdoch.