A Comprehensive Cancer Centre for WA will focus on your cancer journey

Our Cancer Care Vision for all West Australians

A cancer diagnosis can be scary. Comprehensive Cancer Centres are helping to relieve anxiety and concern felt by patients.

Development of a Comprehensive Cancer Centre for WA is being led by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. In addition to better outcomes for patients, it will contribute to the Federal Government’s Australian Cancer Plan objective of establishing a national network of comprehensive cancer centres.

Comprehensive Cancer Centres around the world are revolutionising the patient experience, and connecting the wide network of medical, remedial and allied health services to the patient in a new way. They put the patient at the centre of a treatment plan, with one place where they can access their doctors, oncologists, therapists, counselling, and other services.

Closely aligned to research institutes, patients and their treatment teams can access the latest medical discoveries, clinical trials and new treatments in one central location.

Why WA needs a comprehensive cancer centre

The need for better cancer care

Most people are affected by cancer in some way.


There are more than 50,000 West Australians currently living with cancer.


People living with cancer in WA receive excellent clinical care; however, their cancer journey can be fragmented and difficult to navigate. Services are high quality but rarely focused on the whole person. There are many who cannot access timely care.


About 50 West Australians a year travel to the eastern states to receive cancer treatment.

A Comprehensive Cancer Centre for Western Australia

Comprehensive cancer centres use a model of care that is person-centred, integrated, research-based and delivered through multi-disciplinary teams working with co-located services.


A comprehensive cancer centre in WA will bring together world-class diagnosis and treatment, holistic care, innovative research, clinical trials and education in a state-of-the-art purpose built facility.


The person affected by cancer will be at the heart of everything the centre does. Health providers will work in partnership with patients to determine their care needs and deliver coordinated and comprehensive treatment using a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and allied health professionals.


A comprehensive cancer centre in WA will be a not-for-profit, autonomous comprehensive cancer centre, which treats people with all types of cancer. It will offer a transformative model of care in a safe and supportive environment, acting as a beacon of best practice for all cancer care in WA and as a sanctuary for those treated there.


The centre will integrate excellent and comprehensive clinical care with the translational cancer research program at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and cancer treatment trials from Linear Clinical Research.


It will use outreach, education and cutting edge technology platforms to serve WA’s rural and remote regions and Aboriginal communities, where cancer experiences and outcomes lag behind metropolitan areas.

The benefits for West Australian cancer patients

  • Improved survival rates with earlier access to latest treatments and technology in a model of best practice care.
  • A bespoke, integrated, coordinated and comprehensive cancer journey for all West Australians based on their individual needs to improve quality of life during treatment and beyond.
  • Greater access to trials of the latest cancer drugs and treatments.
  • World-leading cancer research integrated into every aspect of the cancer journey, underpinning delivery of world’s best cancer care.
  • Reducing the gap in cancer outcomes for rural and remote, vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and for those with complex cancers.
  • Attract doctors and researchers to the State and help stop the ‘brain drain’ of professionals out of WA.
  • Implement cutting edge technology platforms for state-wide benefit.
  • Accelerate commercialisation of research discoveries for desired health impact.
  • A collaboration between WA’s smartest cancer minds.
  • Creation of hundreds of new jobs.

Our proposed Cancer Centre

The Perkins vision is to develop a contemporary Comprehensive Cancer Centre where care is centred upon and coordinated around the needs of cancer patients to offer them the best experiences and outcomes right here in WA. The 10-storey Cancer Hospital will be dedicated solely to cancer patient care. It includes hundreds of new beds dedicated for cancer care, a dedicated intensive care unit and operating theatres. It comprises:

  • 140 overnight and inpatient beds
  • 110 chemotherapy, medical and same day beds and chairs
  • Up to 20 intensive care beds
  • 40 beds/chairs for clinical trials by Linear Clinical Research
  • 10 operating theatres

On site services will include:

  • Medical, nursing, and allied health professionals dedicated to providing the best clinical and psychosocial care to meet people’s needs
  • Chemotherapy, Medical oncology, Haematology and radiation oncology
  • Imaging
  • Pharmacy
  • Palliative care
  • Day medical services
  • CAR T cell therapy suite
  • Community wellness with a focus on complimentary therapies
  • Gymnasium

Integrating excellent clinical care and cancer services with the Perkins’ translational cancer research and Linear Clinical Research will create a state-of-the-art research and clinical trial facility in one purpose-built, permanent and sustainable asset for WA. Cutting edge technology will drive advances in new diagnostics, therapy and preventive strategies.


Incorporating the lived experience of people in WA into all aspects of the project – a Comprehensive Cancer Centre for WA will embrace best practice health care and research which involves people with cancer and/or their carers at all levels of the project, and in their treatment once the centre opens. Check the “Our Community” page for more information.

Everyone deserves the level of coordinated care I had in Melbourne. A Comprehensive Cancer Centre for WA will guide and support you through your cancer journey.

Assoc Prof Shannon SimpsonShannon is a medical researcher based in Perth. She has been treated for cancer in Melbourne and Perth

The co-location of clinical and research activities in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre will lead to better outcomes for cancer patients and for WA research.

Prof Amit ChakmaVice Chancellor, University of Western Australia

A Comprehensive Cancer Centre in WA would mean that people living with cancer in WA can access world-class integrated care in their home state.

Prof Shelley DolanChief Executive, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The Comprehensive Cancer Centre will be transformative for Western Australia. It will finally bring people to the centre of cancer care.

Dr David JoskeFounder, Solaris Cancer Care

Artist’s impressions and video credit: Hames Sharley

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