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Explore the Essence of QEIIMC: Unfolding Our Commitment to Pioneering Healthcare and Community Well-being.
Last updated:
January 2024

Explore the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) – A Premier Destination for Medical and Research Excellence. Delve into the rich history and vibrant future of our campus.

Medical and Research Excellence

Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) – a landmark of medical innovation and community health services. Nestled in Nedlands, Western Australia, our campus has a storied history that reflects our commitment to healthcare excellence. From its humble beginnings as grazing land to becoming the largest medical centre in the southern hemisphere, QEIIMC's journey is a testament to visionary planning and dedication to improving lives through advanced medicine and research.

Early History of the Land

QEIIMC's story begins in the early 20th century, when the site in Nedlands was a pastoral land for cattle. The transformation began in 1910, when the State Government acquired this land, laying the foundation for what would become a hub of medical excellence. Initially overseen by Edward Browne, the founder of Browne’s Dairy, this land was destined to evolve beyond its pastoral roots, marking the first step towards creating a medical centre of national significance.

Evolution into a Medical Centre

In 1922, a pivotal shift occurred when the University of Western Australia (UWA) took control of the land under a 999-year lease. This set the stage for the Land's transformation. The designation of the land for a medical centre, with a teaching hospital at its core, was formalized in 1953. The Perth Medical Centre Act of 1966 further solidified this vision, establishing the medical centre reserve and affirming UWA's involvement through the creation of the QEII Medical Centre Trust, an independent body for the Land's development and management.

Name Change and Expansion

In 1977, a significant milestone was reached – the land was officially named the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, marking a new chapter in its history. This name change, reflecting the centre's growing stature, was accompanied by continuous expansion and development. Over the years, QEIIMC has evolved into an extensive campus, housing a multitude of health-related organizations and facilities.

Current Status and Vision

Today, the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre stands as a beacon of healthcare and research innovation. Our campus is not just a collection of buildings; it's a vibrant community where medical professionals, researchers, and educators collaborate to advance healthcare. Looking forward, QEIIMC is committed to further enhancing its facilities and services. Our vision encompasses continued growth and innovation, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of medical advancements, research breakthroughs, and comprehensive patient care.

Reflecting on Our Journey

Looking back at the transformative path of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, we celebrate the milestones that have shaped us into a leading medical and research hub. From pastoral beginnings to a pioneering medical centre, QEIIMC's story is a narrative of commitment, innovation, and community service. As we embrace the future, our dedication to healthcare excellence and research will continue to guide us in making a meaningful impact on lives, both within and beyond our campus.