News & Events March 18, 2020

As concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia increase, we wanted to assure you that our commitment to undertaking research that constantly moves our community closer to new treatments and cures for major diseases is unchanged. Our researchers will continue to work towards better outcomes for people facing devastating diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neuromuscular diseases. While our passion for discovery is unchanged, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have established new guidelines and practices to mitigate risk for Perkins staff, visitors and supporters.

Our biggest priority is protecting our community from the spread of the novel coronavirus and we appreciate your patience and understanding in following these new policies. Our teams are consulting internally and taking advice from State and Federal Government authorities and we will continue to provide updated information as it comes to hand.

New practices for staff and visitors
From today, for the next four weeks, the following measures will be instigated:

  • Any in-person meetings booked with Perkins staff will switch to email, phone call or video chat format. The Perkins is rolling out additional software to support working remotely.
  • At Perkins North and South buildings, additional hand sanitizer or soap dispensers have been placed in lift lobbies, inside lifts, kitchens and other public areas.
  • Additional cleaning measures have been instigated throughout the building.
  • Visitor cards are now disinfected and the issue of lanyards to visitors has been discontinued.  Visitors are also required to comply with the Perkins COVID-19 policy prior to gaining access to the institute.
  • All Visitors are required to display a visitor’s sticker as proof they have met current screening requirements. This includes answering questions about their wellness and recent travel.
  • Building management will be rolling out temperature checking for all visitors to the buildings.  Should a visitor register a temperature greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius they will be denied access.
  • With a view to promote health and safety for individuals and the public generally, all employees who can work from home will be offered flexible work arrangements and encouraged to self-isolate.

Cancer research at the Perkins is reliant upon community support from people like you who participate in our major events; the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer and the MACA Cancer 200. We are extremely grateful to all of you who walk and cycle to raise funds for life-saving research at the Perkins. While these events are important to ensure our cancer research can continue without interuption, protecting the health of our community is our greatest priority. To do this we have made the following changes:

The Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer has been postponed and will no longer be held in May. We are securing a date later in 2020 to reschedule. If you signed up for the Walk, please be aware, this is a postponement and not a cancellation. This event is so important to help fight women’s cancer and we truly need your continued support. Delaying the event ensures we are supporting the community in the next couple of months.

The MACA Cancer 200 remains scheduled for the 10th and 11th of October 2020. Our hope is that over the next few months, the situation will stabilise and the Ride can continue, with the addition of a few new practices to ensure the wellbeing of our riders. We will keep you up to date with any developments if this changes.

Tours and community talks
Tours of the Perkins, as well as external talks from Perkins staff, have been suspended with a plan to reschedule. If you have an upcoming booking and have not been contacted about rescheduling, you can contact us at [email protected]

BioDiscovery Centre
The Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre has suspended classes. This includes the school holiday workshops, Next gen excursion program, Teacher professional PD and Perkins Profs academy – as well as community group activities. If you have a booking and have not been contacted about rescheduling, please email [email protected]

Seminars and talks
Weekly medical research seminars at the Perkins have been postponed until further notice. Venue bookings for lectures or workshops are still permitted, and cancellation is at the discretion of the organisers. Please note, this is subject to change by Perkins venue management.

Coffee Anatomy
From today, the café at the Perkins Nedlands building, Coffee Anatomy, will be enacting the following changes:

  • No one except for Coffee Anatomy staff are to enter the café. All orders are to be placed and paid for through the Coffee Anatomy app. A staff member will hand customer’s orders through the café side door.
  • Take-away packaging only (no keep cups or swap-a-cups are permitted for use).
  • Staff will no longer be travelling to the hospital for catering deliveries.
  • The café will be closing at 3pm, instead of 4pm.
  • Friday paella will go ahead, but it will be cooked back of house.
  • The café will be offering a menu with options heavily reduced and discounted. This is to support the healthcare workers and staff of the QEIIMC.

Preventative Measures  

Health authorities advise the following preventative measures:

  • Hand washing regularly and frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoidance of anyone who is coughing and sneezing and keep a 1.5 metre distance from others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Disinfect surfaces around your home and work
  • Early reporting and investigation of symptoms if needed

Additional Information
Reliable sources of information and advice on COVID-19 and ways to prevent it’s spread can be found on the following websites:

We are monitoring the situation closely and we will keep you informed of any changes.