In 2021 Spinnaker Health Research Foundation entered it’s 25th year and celebrated a legacy of funding medical research that has had a profound impact on the practice of medicine and the health of our community. 

2022 heralds a new chapter in our 25 year history as we embark on an expanded program of support for public health that seeks to ensure our hospitals are counted amongst the very best in the world and seeks to ensure equitable access to the very best health care for every member of the community. 

We plan to address unmet and underserved needs in Western Australia that will serve the short and long term needs in areas that present critical health issues to many members of our community; here in WA and beyond.  With an emphasis on research excellence, exemplary patient care and the prevention of disease for the preservation of health and wellbeing, the Foundation is committed to the following six focus areas:

  1. Early Career Research and Seed Funding (our traditional purpose) – investing in pioneering ideas while facilitating a culture of aspirational innovation in health research

  2. Family Health – committing to equal access for every child to world-leading public health services and supporting evidenced based interventions at the earliest possible moment for children who may be at risk of life-impacting disease

  3. Men’s Health and Wellbeing – in response to the Western Australian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy (2019), support a holistic program of integrated mental and physical health programs to address the inequities of health outcomes for West Australian men and boys

  4. Aboriginal Health – establish a comprehensive research centre for collaborative, translational research for Aboriginal Health to bring together essential expertise to address the critical health needs of WA’s diverse Aboriginal population

  5. Melanoma Research – fund WA’s only dedicated melanoma research grant program to improve patient outcomes through ground-breaking advancements in diagnosis, treatment and care (first grants awarded November 2021)

  6. Education and Advocacy – to facilitate the translation of research and inform the public, funding bodies, policy makers and health providers of advancements in medicine to ensure West Australia’s public health services are the best in the world and access is equitable.


Since 1996 Spinnaker Health Research Foundation (formerly Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation) has funded medical break-throughs and critical research at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital.  We make our commitment to the community of south metropolitan Perth to better understand the health and well-being issues that affect them and to fund translational and applied research that also demonstrates local, national and global leadership.

At Spinnaker we know that better research means better health and we strive for

Earlier diagnosis

Better treatment

And the highest standard of care for the patients we serve

We have a long history of funding world-class medical discoveries in areas including:

  • Maternal and infant health
  • Childhood disease and injury
  • Endocrine disorders including diabetes
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Burn management and treatment
  • Inflammatory and rare diseases
  • Mental health
  • Heart disease
  • Heart and lung transplant
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation for improved recovery

We can only do this with the help of our supporters.