School of Surgery

Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre

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School of Surgery (M507)
Queen Elizabeth II General Surgery
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Western Australia 6009

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is a progressive, fully accredited teaching hospital located on a 28 hectare medical campus adjacent to King’s Park in Nedlands, four kilometres from the central business district of Perth.

Clinical services

Clinical services are provided through a devolved management structure encompassing six clinical service units. Each year the hospital treats approximately 63,000 inpatients, 40,000 emergency presentations and 300,000 outpatients. There are 606 beds available, 88 of which are day patient beds. An additional 34 general medical beds are also currently accessible at Osborne Park Hospital.

The General Surgery Unit associated with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is located at the adjacent Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. For many years it has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing excellence in teaching, research and service within the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and leadership within the wider medical community at a state and national level.


The academic unit is led by Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders and includes academic appointees with special interests in surgical oncology, breast cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, translational cancer research, cancer survivorship support and health services research.

Students in their 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 within Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. A weekly tutorial program is offered for fourth year medical students and Professor Saunders has been appointed as the faculty-wide Academic Monitor.

In addition, Mr Andrew Davey from the Administrative Unit at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre organises sixth year rotations at hospitals in the surrounding area including Osborne Park Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Hollywood Hospital and St John of God Hospital in Subiaco.

The surgical unit is heavily involved in research and supervises research students undertaking projects over the full range of levels and timeframes.

Professor Saunders is a strong advocate for the Master of Surgery degree course which will commence in 2010.


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