The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of an additional $220 million investment in the Randwick Health and Education Precinct.
“This precinct already provides statewide and internationally recognised health care and research in many areas including cancer, neuroscience, mental health, women's and children's health, infection and immunology and non-communicable diseases," UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said.
"This additional funding will see health infrastructure in the area vastly improved, meaning better services for the surrounding local communities and improved medical research facilities.
“An exciting aspect of this development is the opportunity to create a uniquely integrated hospital-university campus, linking all aspects of work at UNSW Sydney with healthcare services. That will lead to new approaches to improving the quality and delivery of healthcare and reduce the time taken to introduce new innovations in to clinical practice for the benefit of patients in Australia and further afield.
“As well as improving health services to our local communities, the opportunity to achieve this level of seamless physical and working integration between the hospital and UNSW will enable us to compete at the forefront internationally in health research and education. That in turn will attract outstanding clinicians and academics, drive better healthcare and research and yield economic benefits for the community.”
Professor Jacobs said UNSW Sydney and NSW Health had been working towards a physically integrated Randwick Health and Education Precinct for more than 50 years and that UNSW Sydney was proud to partner with NSW Health on this project, which builds on the successful Bright Alliance development.
This year's NSW budget sees a total $720 million funding investment for the Randwick Campus redevelopment.
A new acute services building will be built to the west of the existing Randwick Hospitals Campus. The redevelopment will include a new emergency department, extra beds, new operating theatres, and expanded rehabilitation and ambulatory care facilities. A Master Plan for a dedicated mental health precinct has been completed.
The Randwick Campus redevelopment is being led by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (Prince of Wales Hospital) in collaboration with the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Royal Hospital for Women and UNSW.