Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Design for life - new research hub for QEII

    23/06/2015 8:30 AM
    • Second major research facility for QEII Medical Centre
    • Co-location of research bodies in state-of-the-art facilities
    • Institute named in honour of philanthropic Sarich family's major contribution

    Designed to accommodate five of the State's premier neurological research organisations, the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Centre is another step closer to realisation with Cockram Construction Ltd preparing the building's foundations.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the $37.7 million project had been made possible by the driving force of highly respected neurosurgeon and Department of Health acting director general, Professor Bryant Stokes, and the unprecedented generosity of the Sarich family.


    "This project heralds an exciting era in world-class neuroscience research in Western Australia and there's no doubt that without the efforts of Professor Stokes and the Sarich family, we would not be standing on this site today talking about the facility about to take shape," Dr Hames said.


    "Since 2008, Professor Stokes has been a tireless advocate for a facility of this calibre.  He was behind the initial proposal and has steered the project from concept to reality with the generous support of the donors."


    The Sarich family's contribution of $20 million is one of WA's largest ever personal donations, and combines with State Government funding of $5 million and $7.2 million from Lotterywest, $3.5 million from Curtin University, and $1 million each from the Wheatley family and The University of Western Australia.


    The Minister said the new research facility would accommodate Curtin University's Neuroscience Research Laboratory, the Ear Science Institute of Australia (ESIA), the McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation (MARF), the SCGH/UWA Neurofinity Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group, and the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI).


    "The striking design incorporates 8,932 sqm of clinical amenities including rooms for assessments and treatments, along with tissue culture laboratories and facilities for neurodiscovery movement analysis, physiology research, experiments and cryogenic archival storage," he said.


    "The QEII Medical Centre has undergone significant expansion in recent years, and the presence of the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute will further enrich the site's growing reputation as a hub of clinical services, education and research excellence."


    Fact File

    • The institute will comprise four levels
    • Construction completion due late 2016
    • Lotterywest contribution involves grants for ESIA, MARF and WANRI
    • QEII Medical Centre includes expanded PathWest laboratories and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
    • For more information, visit http://www.qeiiredevelopment.health.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5300


    The Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute.JPG