Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    WA kids to Discover the benefits of medical research

    21/09/2017 10:45 AM
    • $1.5 million Lotterywest grant for Telethon Kids Institute for Discovery Centre
    • Centre will teach kids about the development of better therapies and lifesaving cures 

    The State Government has provided a $1.5 million Lotterywest grant to the Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) to build a Discovery Centre at the new Perth Children's Hospital.


    Located at the northern entrance, the Centre will provide an educational environment, away from hospital rooms and clinical environments, where young children, and their families and carers, can learn about the work being carried out by TKI researchers.


    The Centre's hub will be on the ground level of the new hospital, but there will also be other exhibits around the hospital, and mobile units which can be taken to hospital wards to provide children who can't leave the ward with an interactive experience.


    The State Government, through Lotterywest, is proud to support the Telethon Kids Institute - one of Australia's premier independent medical research institutes - in this exciting initiative.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The planned Discovery Centre represents an opportunity for many thousands of WA children not only to be distracted from their medical treatment, or that of their siblings, cousins, or friends, to develop an interest in science and health research.


    "We are also proud that TKI and their new Discovery Centre will share a home at the new hospital, and of the strategic partnership this represents.


    "When the hospital opens, the QEII Medical Centre will be the largest medical, research and educational facility in Western Australia - and a centre of excellence for health and research.


    "The co-location of these two iconic institutions will enable researchers from TKI to work alongside some of Western Australia's most innovative and progressive child health clinicians.


    "As a State Government, we strongly believe in supporting organisations such as TKI and I would like to commend the extraordinary work the Institute does.


    "I would also like to acknowledge the continuing good work of Lotterywest, which each year supports hundreds of community groups and incorporated associations in initiatives with a public benefit, with grants totalling well over $100 million."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500