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St John of God Subiaco Hospital

Performance snapshot


St John of God Subiaco Hospital


St John of God Subiaco Hospital


St John of God Subiaco Hospital


  • Consulted on site master plan for redevelopment, including plans for extra parking, operating theatres, single rooms, consulting suites and a dedicated research facility.
  • Completed stage 1 of redevelopment including the demolition of St John of God House, the creation of alternative accommodation within the main hospital for former occupants, the purchase of some public land, and other preparatory works.
  • Renovated and renamed the café in the St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic in early July.
  • Underwent accreditation through the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards EquIPNational Organisation-Wide Survey, achieving 27 ‘met with merits’.
  • Achieved the highest mean score since 2005 from doctors and admitted patients in the annual Press Ganey Satisfaction Survey. Doctors ranked us at the 99th percentile when compared to other private hospitals (more than 300 beds) and admitted patients ranked us at the 89th percentile when compared to other private hospitals of the same size.
  • Received a $500,000 donation for research and development in lung cancer and lung disease from philanthropist and businessman Jack Bendat.
  • Became the lead site for a pilot study, the EXCISE study, comparing the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to cold knife cone biopsy for treatment of cervical adenocarcinoma in situ. This is the first time our hospital has been a lead site (sponsor) for an international clinical trial.
  • Became the first site to open for the NOMINATOR study, a pioneering study assessing the feasibility of performing genomic testing of rare cancers to match the cancer to treatment.
  • Was the first Western Australian site to open for the POSNOC study, for women whose early-stage breast cancer has spread to one or two lymph nodes.
  • Established a bio specimen bank for the collection and storage of donated thoracic specimens for future use in research.
  • Volunteers from Woodside and Volunteering WA planted more than 100 rose bushes near the Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre.


  • Professor Shirley Bowen appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2017.
  • Dr Christopher Jones appointed Director Post-Graduate Medical Education.
  • Deb Wild appointed Acting Director Mission Integration in February 2017.
  • Dr Erin Horsley appointed Director GP Liaison in February 2017.
  • Charlene Grosse appointed Manager Allied Health in January 2017.
  • Debra Barbas appointed Clinical Services Manager – Redevelopment in February 2017.
  • Appointed two new research fellows, Dr Ciara Daly in oncology and Dr Phil Craven in respiratory medicine.
  • Established a research management committee, chaired by Director Clinical Trials, Prof Steve Webb, to grow and integrate research into all aspects of the hospital.
  • Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr Michael Gannon is co-investigator in a trial examining whether a vaccine given to pregnant women can help protect their baby against Maternal Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
  • Director Clinical Trials, Prof Steve Webb awarded the Chancellor’s Award from the University of Western Australia for his sustained and outstanding contribution to research.
  • Research Fellow for the Colorectal Cancer Research Group, Dr Melanie McCoy awarded the Suzanne Cavanagh Early Career Investigator Grant. The $34,000 grant will fund a bowel cancer research study in collaboration with the University of Western Australia, St John of God Subiaco Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute.
  • Various Subiaco Hospital caregivers presented at the 2016 International Congress of Innovations in Nursing on nursing and midwifery research at the hospital.


  • Hosted the hospital’s second community information day on the breast cancer gene known as BRCA, following growing interest in this genetic condition.
  • Provided more than $37,000 of sponsorship and donations to local community organisations including Australian Red Cross, headspace, Lions Cancer Institute, Lions Club District 201W, Rotary Club of West Perth, St Vincent de Paul, The Humanitarian Group, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence and Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA Inc.
  • Our volunteers raised more than $24,000 for a variety of not-for-profit organisations throughout the year.
    Donated old patient monitors, anaesthetic machines and other supplies to hospitals in Cambodia. The hospital regularly donates equipment to these hospitals and conducts bioengineering visits to help fix donated medical equipment and train staff.
  • Caregivers voted Manna Inc. as the hospital’s Charity of Choice for 2016-2019. So far, fundraising activities have raised more than $7,000 for this charity.
  • Continued to support international organisations Caritas, The Shopfront, Friends of Vietnamese Lepers, Living Child Inc. and the St Patrick’s Community Centre: The Sisters’ Place Women’s’ Refuge.
    The hospital hosted two midwives on a study tour from the United Republic of Tanzania.

Year Ahead

  • Celebrate the 120-year anniversary of the hospital and 10-year anniversary of the Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
  • Begin refurbishment of wards and common areas to improve aesthetics, including painting, floor replacement, bathroom rejuvenation and signage replacement.
  • Continue planning stage 2 of the redevelopment involving the construction of about 750 additional on-site parking bays.
  • Complete a feasibility study for stage 3 of the redevelopment, including additional operating theatres, patient rooms including coronary and intensive care, and a dedicated research and education facility.
  • Continue to focus on research to provide effective, evidence based care and foster a culture of continuous innovation and excellence.
  • Launch an electronic credentialing system for specialists, making accreditation quicker and easier.

Established: 1898

Location: 12 Salvado Road, Subiaco

Chief Executive Officer: Prof Shirley Bowen

Medical Advisory Chair: Dr Don Ormonde

Beds: 578

Staff: 2156

Accredited doctors: 870

Theatre and procedure rooms: 20 theatres, four endoscopy suites, two cardiac and interventional laboratories, one birth suite theatre, three procedure rooms and three operating theatres at Wembley Day Surgery

Services: Coronary care unit, intensive care unit, paediatric unit, neonatal intensive care unit, cancer treatment services, gynaecology, obstetrics, endoscopy, elective surgery, specialist medical suites, perinatal infant mental health, community drug and alcohol services.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital