Blessing and Opening of the Health Sciences Research and Education Building

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 28-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus celebrated the Blessing and Official Opening of their new, purpose built, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Research and Education Building on 23 April, 2008.

This is the first building that the University has built in the West End of Fremantle. It was partly funded by a $2.675 million grant from the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative as part of the Commonwealth Government’s backing, Australia’s Ability – An Innovation Action Plan for the Future.

The new building, constructed, furnished and equipped at a total cost of $6.3 million will be used for education and training in Health Sciences and support health-related research.

Supporters of the University gathered to hear the Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, bless the new facility, and the State Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Mark McGowan formally open it.

Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri said, “The University of Notre Dame has a fine reputation for the quality of its various schools and the new Health Sciences Research and Education Building is no exception.”

“This facility will enhance the education of Notre Dame students even further, producing more high-calibre professionals that are needed across many fields,” he said.

The building will also house the University’s new Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research with research teams drawn from the Schools of Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Counselling, Behavioural Science and Education, investigating many aspects of preventive and restorative health.

Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock said “This is a most exciting development for Notre Dame. It will do much to advance our research and quality in these vital areas.”

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