Published on 9 September 2022

In memory of the Queen’s passing on Thursday afternoon UK time, Western Health is flying our flags at half mast.

No matter whether you are an ardent monarchist or a staunch republican, no one can deny that Queen Elizabeth II has been a constant in our lives over her 70-year reign. Her long life of service to the Crown and the Commonwealth has been inspiring, admirable and has been a stabilising force in times of great uncertainty. As Australia’s head of state, she visited our shores 16 times; she was the patron of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the RMH and the Royal Women’s Hospital; and she appeared to have a genuine affection for Australia and Australians.

She epitomised the British ‘stiff upper lip’, displaying fortitude and stoicism in the face of adversity, never publicly revealing her true feelings. And yet, we share a fondness and familiarity for her – perhaps because her Christmas message has played in the background of our festive celebrations each year, or because she’s good humoured enough to play along with James Bond and Paddington Bear, or because she is a matriarch of a family that has had both joys and sorrows, just like ours.

Our condolences go to all those affected by her passing. Vale Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Shane Crowe
Acting Chief Executive