History & Legacy

Delve into the Rich History and Enduring Legacy of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. Discover the milestones and visionary transformations that have shaped our renowned medical campus.
Last updated:
January 2024

Embarking on QEIIMC's Historical Journey

Discover the captivating history of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC). Our story unfolds from pastoral beginnings to becoming a leading medical and research centre. This narrative celebrates the vision, commitment, and transformative events that have established QEIIMC as a pillar of healthcare excellence.

From Pastoral Beginnings to a Medical Vision

Tracing back to the early 20th century, the land that now houses QEIIMC served as a pastoral haven. Its journey towards medical prominence began with the State Government's acquisition in 1910 and the University of Western Australia's stewardship from 1922. These pivotal moments set the foundation for what would evolve into a hub of medical innovation and learning, marking the beginnings of a vision that would shape the future of healthcare in Western Australia.

The Genesis of a Medical Centre

In 1953, the vision for a dedicated medical centre began to materialise. The land, once under the University of Western Australia's control, was designated for a state-of-the-art medical centre, with a teaching hospital as its core. This vision was further solidified with the Perth Medical Centre Act of 1966, establishing a dedicated medical centre reserve, paving the way for the development of what would become a cornerstone in Western Australia's healthcare system.

A New Identity: The Birth of QEIIMC

In 1977, a significant transformation occurred with the renaming of the medical centre to the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. This pivotal change symbolised the growing stature and recognition of the centre as a leading medical and research hub. The new identity marked the beginning of a new era, reflecting the centre's dedication to advancing healthcare and medical education, further solidifying QEIIMC's role as a key player in the field.

Modernisation and Expansion

Over the years, QEIIMC has undergone significant modernisation and expansion, evolving from its original state into the largest medical campus in the southern hemisphere. This growth has been marked by the addition of state-of-the-art facilities, pioneering research institutes, and a broad range of healthcare services. Each phase of expansion has been thoughtfully planned to ensure that QEIIMC not only meets the current needs of the community but also anticipates future healthcare challenges, maintaining its position at the forefront of medical innovation.

Looking Towards the Future

As we look ahead, QEIIMC is poised for a future rich with innovation and advancement. The centre's vision encompasses not only the expansion of its physical infrastructure but also a deepening commitment to healthcare research and education. Anticipating the needs of future generations, QEIIMC is dedicated to fostering a sustainable, technologically advanced, and patient-centric healthcare environment. This forward-thinking approach ensures that QEIIMC will continue to be a cornerstone in healthcare provision and medical discovery for years to come.