Named after eminent Western Australian doctor and Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley AC (external site), the development of Fiona Stanley Hospital commenced as a result of the 2004 Reid Report  which set out a clear direction for the Western Australian public health system for the next decade and beyond.

The site

The 32-hectare site in Murdoch was chosen for its proximity to Perth’s growing south metropolitan population and nearby health and learning institutes.

On 26 August 2007 a clearing permit for the site was issued by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Then, on 7 July 2008, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts granted approval for the project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.


Developed in close consultation with clinicians and the community, Fiona Stanley Hospital’s team of architects and health planners worked with an extensive range of people – including medical, nursing, allied health and other healthcare staff, private, non-government and research organisations, patients and members of the public – to design Western Australia’s new tertiary hospital. The result was a design based on national and international research and principles of environmental sustainability, good accessibility and a healing health care environment.

Between 2008 and 2010 clinical and community groups also viewed prototype patient and consulting rooms. The feedback which they provided was used to assist the design team in the development of the hospital. A Community Reference Group was formed in 2009 and met quarterly to discuss and provide advice on various elements of the hospital’s design.

Conservation and the environment

In March 2009 the Stage One contract was awarded. Construction commenced on-site on 23 September 2009 after an extensive environmental program was undertaken, which saw more than 300 grass trees and zamias removed from the site to be replanted within the operational hospital grounds.

Native plants which are difficult to grow from seeds, including orchids and other plants, were also recovered from the site to be replanted at Fiona Stanley Hospital and nearby conservation areas at a later date.

Sixty-one quendas (southern brown bandicoots) were transferred to the Department of Environment and Conservation for relocation to Julimar Conservation Park. In addition, more than 4500 reptiles and amphibians, including frogs, snakes and lizards, were successfully relocated to Beeliar Regional Park.

In November 2010, Fiona Stanley Hospital was the winner of the WA Environment Award in the Government Leading by Example category.