Anyone who lives or works south of the river is familiar with the sight of yachts with their colourful spinnakers aloft, harnessing the power of the Fremantle Doctor. We chose to name our health research foundation after this iconic sail as it symbolises the tireless energy of medical researchers, who are continually moving forward, racing to find answers and make breakthroughs, in their quest to improve the health of our community.
It’s also a nod to Warren Leslie Jones (1936 – 2002), local resident, businessman and successful America’s Cup syndicate manager who had the vision to realise that a research foundation based out of Fremantle Hospital would benefit the well-being of local residents.
The Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation that Jones helped established in 1996 is still continuing its good work. However, 2015 brought winds of change with the Fiona Stanley Hospital taking over the role of major tertiary hospital south of the river. This created the need for an independent charitable trust to co-ordinate funding for health research in the southern region – the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation.
Spinnaker has received no direct government funding. Instead, we historically we have relied on the support and generosity of people and local businesses within the community, and the responsible investment of our capital funds. While corporate trustees from the business world helm Spinnaker, a scientific advisory committee made up of leading clinical and medical professionals and scientists guides funding decisions.