Wesfarmers' contribution to health and medical research

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The Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute was established in 2014, and it has quickly become a national leader in paediatric infectious diseases research.

Wesfarmers has supported organisations involved in medical research programs over a long period of time, believing that investing in innovation in this area provides the broader community with long-term benefits.

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is a world-class facility based in Perth, Western Australia. Its priority is to recruit and build internationally renowned, highly skilled research teams, working together with cutting edge technologies to develop more effective treatments and cures for common diseases in the community. Former Wesfarmers chairman, Harry Perkins AO, was instrumental in establishing the Institute, and was its inaugural chairman. Committing to Harry Perkins’ vision, Wesfarmers was a founding sponsor in 1998, and has continued to support the centre as a long-term partner. Wesfarmers’ funding has assisted in the establishment of the three professorial Chairs, including Australia’s first Professorial Chair in Women’s Cancers.

Since its inception, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has made a significant contribution to health and medicine through its research into the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. By delivering the latest medical breakthroughs to the West Australian community and beyond, Wesfarmers believes the Perkins is making a very real and lasting impact.

Telethon Kids Institute

Infectious diseases are the most common reason for hospitalisation of young children in Western Australia, and the number one cause of death in children worldwide.

Thanks to support from Wesfarmers, the Telethon Kids Institute has established a centre with the aim of preventing and improving the treatment of infectious diseases in children and adolescents.

The Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute was established in 2014, and it has quickly become a national leader in paediatric infectious diseases research. Its mission is to find and deliver on better ways to prevent and treat infections in children, especially those who are vulnerable to much higher rates of serious infection than the rest of the population.

With world-class researchers and clinicians, Telethon Kids is making a very real impact on the health of our communities, and Wesfarmers is proud to be partnering with this Perth-based organisation.

McCusker Alzheimers Research Foundation

Wesfarmers has supported the McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation since 2005. The Foundation was established in 2001 to support research to make Alzheimer's a treatable and preventable disease.

The McCusker Foundation provides significant funding to a team of researchers including the research of internationally acclaimed researcher, Foundation Director of Research, Professor Ralph Martins. The Foundation collaborates as part of an international research effort to find an early diagnosis, develop lifestyle interventions to delay the onset of symptoms, and work to develop better treatments for those already diagnosed.