School of Surgery

Fremantle Hospital

Further information

Contact details


Postal Address

School of Surgery (M704)
Fremantle Hospital
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Western Australia 6009


As well as the substantial facility on Alma Street, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service includes Kaleeya Hospital in East Fremantle.

Fremantle Hospital is a 450-bed major acute-care teaching hospital with important tertiary links and a 24-hour emergency department. It is the State referral hospital for diving and hyperbaric medicine, and has a cardiothoracic surgery centre and nuclear medicine department.

The academic surgical unit associated with Fremantle Hospital is located on-site in T Block. For many years it has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing excellence in teaching, research and service within the Fremantle Health Service, along with leadership within the wider medical community at a state and national level.

Academic presence

The academic unit is led by Winthrop Professor Paul Norman, who is also Head of the School of Surgery. The academic presence is strengthened by input from Surgical Consultants of various specialties including vascular, colorectal, hepatobiliary, cardiothoracic and urology.

Students in fourth and sixth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree undertake surgical rotations of eight and seven weeks respectively on surgical units of the various specialities or an acute ward. A weekly tutorial program is offered for Year 4 students.

Academic staff from the unit conduct NHMRC and industry-supported research and supervise research students undertaking projects over the full range of levels and timeframes in:

Clinically qualified academics from the Unit facilitate the training program at the Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre, the surgical skills training facility on the University’s Crawley campus, and will be heavily involved in supporting the junior doctors enrolled in the Master of Surgery degree course which will be offered in 2010.