About Us

charlies-homeSupporting a tradition of excellence in research

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has an international reputation for ground-breaking medical research.

Since it opened its doors in 1958, it has had strong links with all major universities in WA. It is a teaching hospital for medical graduates from the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia and is the employer of choice for new nursing graduates.

This is the home of lauded researchers like Professor Peter Eastwood, who works at the WA Sleep Disorders Research Institute within Charlies. Professor Eastwood’s research into sleep apnoea was named as one of 10 of the Best Research Projects for 2009 by National Health and Medical Research Council.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is also home to Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2005 for his groundbreaking work demonstrating that stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria and not stress.

Charlies Foundation for Research inspiring new and emerging researchers

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has a robust research culture and an exceptional reputation for research governance: a unique, formal framework for monitoring the standards and outcomes of all research conducted within the hospital. It’s a vibrant culture which actively encourages enquiring medical and scientific minds to engage in research.

All the projects funded by the Foundation are focused on translational research: projects and clinical trials with the best potential of being translated into better patient care and outcomes.

Funding new and emerging research is critical. In effect, the Foundation funds ‘seed research projects’ that help early career researchers to establish their credentials, to grow their ideas, and to gain the vital preliminary data necessary to apply for significant grants from peak government and industry research bodies.

Funding this kind of research not only has the potential to improve patient care and outcomes, it has significant economic benefits to the whole state, and the nation. A 2003 report by Access Economics Report found that for every $1 invested in Health and Medical Research, there is a $5-$8 return to Australia’s Economy.