A state of the art medical research facility made possible by funding from the former Howard Government is on track for completion later this year. Tony Abbott, the Health Minister at the time, approved the $50m contribution to the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research project in the 2007/08 budget.
Curtin MP Julie Bishop met with project director Trevor Dunn and WAIMR director Peter Klinken at the QEII complex recently for a progress update. Mr Dunn said construction had remained in full swing over the festive season as contractors Doric worked to ensure the facility was completed on time.
“The building is fast approaching the lock-up stage and the fit-out of each floor will create an intense period of activity on the site,” he said. “We’ve already started fitting out offices and laboratories and it’s been exciting for researchers to see mock-ups of these areas so they can get a solid idea of their new working environment.”
Ms Bishop said she was impressed with the way the facility was taking shape with highlights including a staircase resembling a DNA double helix, a community resource centre and a demonstration lab for high school students. “This research hub will foster collaboration between researchers and clinicians in WA as well as attracting top researchers from around the world,” she said.
“It’s fantastic to see a facility of this calibre being built in the Curtin electorate.” Professor Klinken said WAIMR was dedicated to improving the health of the community with its research aiming to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases.
“The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge,” he said. “This new research facility will really help us with these aims.”