Situated 4km from the Perth central business district in Nedlands Western Australia, the QEIIMC has grown over 45 years to include over 40 health related organisations. The QEIIMC accommodates; not-for-profit, public and private organisations and is dedicated to facilitating the highest quality of health care, educating future generations of health workers and conducting related scientific research.
- The 28-hectare QEII Medical Centre (QEIIMC) is the largest medical centre in the southern hemisphere and globally recognised in health care, research and education.
of the QEIIMC
At the turn of the century the site (Land) of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) in Nedlands, Western Australia was a grazing place for cattle owned by Edward Browne, the founder of Browne’s Dairy. The Land was purchased by the State Government in 1910. (1)
From 1922 the Land was controlled by the University of Western Australia (UWA) under a 999-year lease from the Government. When the Chest Hospital was proposed the Land remained largely undeveloped, so in 1953 the Land was designated for development as a medical centre with a teaching hospital as the core. A report of the Commissioner for Public Health in 1953 stated: (2)
As the hospital will not primarily serve a defined area but will also supply the teaching and research facilities for the state, its ultimate size is dictated not so much by population in the area but by the maximum size of a workable hospital.”
Wishing to establish a medical centre, the State Government wanted to revert responsibility for the Land to the Crown. An agreement between the UWA and the government maintained some say for UWA over future use of the Land. The Perth Medical Centre Act 1966 established the medical centre reserve and preserved the University’s interests through membership on the Perth Medical Centre Trust – an independent body established to develop, control and manage the Land.
The name of the Land changed to the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in 1977, as did the title of the Act and the Trust.
(1) Polizzotto, Carolyn – A Fair Sized Town – published by Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital & The Centre for WA History 1988 p16.
(2) Appendix 1 1953 Report of the Commissioner for Public Health published WA 1955.
The Trust is responsible for the development, management and control of the 28.4 hectares of land which is an A class reserve for the designated purpose of a medical centre and for incidental and other purposes (Reserve). The Trust Board of Management is made up of equal representation from the State Government and the University of Western Australia and has an independent chair.
The Trust generally plays no active part in the management of the respective facilities on the Reserve or the operations of campus users unless any activity is detrimental to the Reserve or adversely affects the facilities and/or operations of other users.
The main responsibility of the Trust is to develop the Reserve land and act on behalf of the State as landlord. The day-to-day management of the QEIIMC campus has been delegated to the North Metropolitan Health Service as Delegate of the Trust under provisions in the Act.
QEIIMC Trust Board Members
As set out in the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Act 1966, the QEIIMC Trust Board consists of five members.
- The Chairman is appointed by the Governor on written nomination of the Minister and The University of Western Australia senate, to hold office during the Governor’s pleasure.
- Two members are appointed by the Governor on the written nomination of the Minister to hold office during the Governors pleasure.
- Two members are appointed by The University of Western Australia Senate to office during its pleasure.
Appointed Chairman in November 2008. Mr Cole has over 40 years of professional, corporate and business experience through senior legal consultancy, as well a range of executive management and non-executive appointments.
Among his corporate appointments, Mr Cole is currently Chair of ASX listed Neometals Limited; Chair of Perth Markets Limited and is a Board Member of the ASX listed Matrix Composites and Engineering Limited as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.
Appointed as a member in August 2015, Ms Angela Kelly has held the role of Assistant Director General Purchasing and System Performance since its creation in April 2015.
A graduate in Economics from the University of Western Australia (UWA), and with more than 20 years’ experience in the public health system, Ms Kelly has held a number of senior executive positions within the Department of Health. These include Executive Director Resourcing and Performance, Director Health Infrastructure Unit and Director of Program Integration for the Fiona Stanley Hospital Project.
Appointed as a member in March 2020.
Professor Jon Watson is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Western Australia. He previously served as Dean of Medicine at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, from 2014-2019.
In 2014, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education with the University of Dundee Medical School, Scotland. He served from 2014-19 as a Board Director for Kardinia Health Geelong and the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, and Board Chair of the National Centre for Farmer Health in Hamilton, Victoria.
Appointed as Deputy Chair in May 2020.
Professor Simon Biggs is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Western Australia (UWA) where he commenced in March 2018. Simon is also acting Chief Operating Officer overseeing UWA’s IT, campus management, service delivery and venues management operations.
In addition to senior academic experience at universities in Australia, the UK and France, Simon is internationally recognised for his research in chemistry and chemical engineering in high technology industries.
Simon is a director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Board and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research Board.
In pursuance of the Trust’s statutory remit and strategic goals, and within the scope of the Trust Master Plan Vision:
- Ensure the QEIIMC Reserve is developed within the existing geographic, environmental and functional constraints in a planned and methodical way and in accordance with the purpose of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Act 1966.
- Ensure the development of the QEIIMC site is achieved through a cooperative approach between the QEIIMC Trust, site tenants, and the relevant academic and professional schools of learning providing teaching and research resources to the Medical Centre and the State.
- Ensure the provision of appropriate onsite facilities to support the clinical teaching of undergraduates and graduates in medicine, nursing and allied health profession.