Loving Kiss From A Big Brother

Child and Adolescent Health Service

Celebrating 108 years


Princess Margaret Hospital


PMH 1990 - 2009


Ward 6A opens as PMH’s first five-day (Monday-Friday) ward.

Almost all therapy for children with respiratory disease is now delivered by the inhalational route.

Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease of children.

Diabetes research at PMH records the occurrence of childhood diabetes in WA by establishing a register of all children with the disease. It is the first statewide register in Australia.

The new purpose built Friendship Room, staffed by PMH volunteers is opened in 1992 on Level 6 and funded from profits of the PMH Kiosk.

By 1997, the hospital has a state-of-the-art digital CT scanner, cardiac catheter laboratory, gamma camera and fluoroscopy unit providing doctors with the most advanced imaging tools available.

Botox injections are just one of a number of new techniques being performed and researched by the paediatric rehabilitation unit.

Recognising the cultural diversity of our patients, the formerly Christian-only chapel now includes a Muslim prayer room and a quiet room for other religious faiths.


Over the next six years, the hospital undergoes major refurbishments on Wards 8A, 9A, 6B and 3B with the addition of the Adolescent Oncology Unit.

Hospital School Services officially becomes the School of Special Education Needs: Medical and Mental Health – a world first school in providing teaching and liaison services to referred patients.

In conjunction with Telethon, the State Government purchases a new world class CT scanner for the hospital – the first of its kind in WA. The new diagnostic equipment can scan a child’s chest and abdomen in about one second, meaning patients receive far smaller doses of radiation and are less likely to require anaesthesia.

Over the next 15 years, PMH Foundation continues their commitment to supporting PMH, funding research, paediatric fellowships, medical equipment, megazone staffing, patient information systems and facility renovations.

To date, PMH Foundation has contributed around $58 million to the hospital.

The incidence of food allergies has increased five-fold in the past decade. Head of PMH’s Department of Immunology, Associate Professor Richard Loh, and Associate Professor, Susan Prescott, are recognised internationally for their treatment and research into allergies and how environmental changes are affecting immune development.


PMH is admitted as a member of the 'Children's Cancer Study Group’ (now the Children's Oncology Group). PMH is the first hospital outside North America to be admitted to this prestigious group. Contribution of data enables PMH oncology patients to benefit from the advances in treatment made through the research conducted by the group.

Ronald McDonald House opens to provide accommodation for country parents in a family-like atmosphere.

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is accepted as routine practice at PMH for surgeons skilled in the new technology.

Professor Fiona Stanley becomes the founding director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, a unique multidisciplinary independent research facility focusing on the causes and prevention of major problems affecting children and youth.


The hydrotherapy pool on Level 10 opens.

The underpass to give safe passage for pedestrians crossing Thomas Street to the hospital opens.

Fran Fleming is appointed to the new position of clinical nurse specialist in outreach paediatrics and introduces a nursing exchange program.

The emergency department’s seven-bed observation area is officially converted to Ward 4E.


Funded by the Variety Club, the Adolescent Ward 7B officially opens in May, accommodating up to ten patients.

KidSafe WA opens in Godfrey House.

Renowned burns specialist, Professor Fiona Wood, and bone marrow scientist, Marie Stoner, receive a Telethon grant to establish a skin laboratory at PMH. Together they create the internationally ground breaking ‘Spray-on skin’ technology.


The PMH Oncology Unit is expanded and renovated, providing an integrated total care unit for the treatment of children with cancer.

The hospital’s 85th birthday celebrations begin in January with a visit from HRH Charles, Prince of Wales.


PMH Sleep Lab opens on Level 3.

PMH Eating Disorders Program commences.


The new Total Care Burns Unit opens.


The Board of Subscribers separates from the hospital and establishes PMH Foundation as the main fundraising body for the hospital.

PMH Foundation provides their first grant to help PMH purchase equipment for PICU.

The Foundation provides $2,054,168 in grants to the hospital in their first financial year of operation.


The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is established.

The Stitches Megazone opens. Funded by PMH Foundation, the area is developed on the premise of ‘healing through happiness’. The fun centre comes complete with a theatre, outdoor playground, video games, craft area, Club Ado (for adolescents only), Radio Lollipop and the Starlight Express Room.


The Children's Clinical Research Facility opens.

Newborn hearing screening is introduced to Australia with the first service established across King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and PMH.

The Humour Foundation’s clown doctors join the hospital, bringing doses of fun and laughter and conducting ‘clown rounds’ to all the wards.


The Children’s Cardiac Centre opens to provide specialised outpatient care for children with heart defects.


PMH’s first MRI machine is installed. Children no longer need to travel to adult hospitals to obtain high powered 3D images.

Named Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley is recognised for dedicating her career to researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects and being a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families.


Staff move into the extensively renovated Emergency Department.


The Patient Appliance Centre is established at PMH, enabling equipment to be issued in a safe and timely manner for home discharge.

The Adolescent Clinic opens at 80-82 Hay Street featuring a new outpatient area.

The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory reduces radiation exposure to children.

Professor Fiona Wood is named Australian of the Year and is recognised for her work through the McComb Research Foundation involving projects focused on the multidisciplinary clinical and scientific team approach to the treatment of burn injury. Her ultimate aim is scarless healing.


In memory of Johanna Sewell, the first specialised oncology wing for teenage cancer patients opens.

Ambulatory care services are introduced with Hospital in the Home being the first program launched.

Proposal for PMH and KEMH to be located at the QEII Medical Centre put to the State Government.


The Anaesthetics Department, Friendship Room, Theatre, Minor Procedures Room, Endocrinology and Dietetics, 5A Medical and the Hay Street building all undergo major renovations over the following two years.


The Western Australian State Government announces plans to build a new publicly-owned children’s hospital alongside Sir Charles Gardner Hospital on the QEII site to replace Princess Margaret Hospital.

From 2008 – 2013, the PMH Foundation commits to funding the following inaugural positions for five years each:

  • Chair in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Professor Cathy Cole
  • Chair in Respiratory Medicine, Professor Mark Everard
  • Chair in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Professor Britta Regli-von-Ungern-Sternberg
  • Chair in Aboriginal Clinical Child Health, Professor Karen Edmond
  • Chair of Allied Health, Dr Catherine Elliot.


Princess Margaret Hospital celebrates its 100th birthday. PMH Foundation funds a series of celebratory activities to mark the centenary. Celebrations involve PMH open days where the WA community arrive in their droves to see how far their beloved hospital has progressed over the last 100 years.

Prince Charles visit PMH - 1994
Prince Charles visit PMH - 1994
PMH Foundation logo
PMH Foundation logo
Megazone entrance
Megazone entrance
Fiona Stanley
Fiona Stanley
Professor Fiona Wood
Professor Fiona Wood
PMH centenary logo
PMH 100 Centenary 1909-2009
PMH wings logo
PMH wings logo
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