New location for Women and Babies Hospital to expand facilities

The McGowan Government will build a new $1.8 billion Women and Babies Hospital on land within the Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) precinct, enabling the hospital to be built without disruption to patients and staff.
  • The new $1.8 billion hospital will be built within the Fiona Stanley Hospital precinct, providing expanded services for women and babies
  • Expansions to obstetrics and gynaecology services, birthing suites, and theatres in Perth's northern suburbs at Osborne Park Hospital
  • New Family Birthing Centre to be located alongside Osborne Park Hospital
  • Perth Children's Hospital to be expanded with extra neonatal capacity
  • Project expected to support more than 1,400 jobs with site works forecast in 2024

The McGowan Government will build a new $1.8 billion Women and Babies Hospital on land within the Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) precinct, enabling the hospital to be built without disruption to patients and staff.

The new site will allow expanded services at the new state-of-the-art hospital to include more obstetrics and gynaecology beds and neonatal cots. It will also improve parking and transport connectivity.

In an extra boost for State-wide maternity services, the Osborne Park Hospital will undergo further expansion of its obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal services, birthing suites and theatres, and neonatal services at Perth Children's Hospital will also be expanded.

A new Family Birthing Centre will also be built alongside the redeveloped Osborne Park Hospital, complementing the Family Birthing Centre that is already in place at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Final details of these expansions will be confirmed once planning is finalised.

Following the completion of the Business Case and Project Definition Plan for the proposed Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Centre site, which found construction on the proposed QEII site posed too many risks, extended timelines and unacceptable patient disruption, the new site at FSH was identified.

Building the hospital at the QEII site would have caused significant disruption to the neighbouring Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, which would have resulted in patients and staff being impacted, higher build costs, and the hospital opening much later than planned due to the complex nature of the build.

Since 2021, $10.4 million has been invested in the development of the project. This body of work has assisted in informing the need for an alternative site, with planning and development work being utilised at the new FSH precinct option.

The new site of the Women and Babies Hospital also has the benefit of being adjacent to the new MediHotel and within walking distance of Murdoch Station - providing quality public transport options for staff and visitors.

The nearby Jandakot Airport also provides easier emergency access for regional patients needing to utilise services at the new Women and Babies Hospital.

New multistorey car bays will be constructed in the precinct to offset the loss of the existing car bays where the new Hospital will be built. Unlike parking at QEII which was privatised by the previous Liberal National Government, parking at FSH is under the control of the State Government - meaning increasing car bays can be achieved without the need to deal with a third-party contract.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"The new Women and Babies Hospital will service our community from right across WA.

"This is why we allocated $1.8 billion from the budget surplus to this important project - that funding is locked in, meaning the new state-of-the-art hospital will be built, debt free.

"However, it would have been irresponsible to proceed with a new hospital at QEII given the unacceptable disruption to patients and staff that has been identified through the planning process.

"Fiona Stanley Hospital currently delivers more than 3,000 babies a year and this new location allows the Government to provide a modern, leading edge maternity hospital next door to the State's largest tertiary hospital, without compromising on patient care throughout construction."

Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

"The potential disruption to patients and staff is far greater than first anticipated at the QEII site and we have no intention of compromising on patient care and safety or causing unnecessary disruption to an already busy campus.

"A key consideration of the co-location of the Women's and Babies Hospital with a tertiary hospital is to ensure that our sickest women have access to a state-of-the-art ICU. This makes FSH the obvious choice. 

"The redevelopment of Osborne Park Hospital to include the establishment of a new Family Birth Centre and expanded maternity and neonatal services provides women in the Northern Suburbs with greater birthing choices - closer to home.

"I am committed to getting this project right for women in WA and we will continue to consult with women to make sure we have the very best women centred health care and facilities."

Premier's office - 6552 5000
Health Minister's office - 6552 5900