A new age in children’s healthcare for Sydney

17 Dec 2021

Family rooms, green outdoor spaces and treatment facilities are just some of highlights of the $658 million redevelopment of Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick, and Australia’s first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, being showcased today through a new fly-through video animation.

Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the project is part of a record investment of more than $1.3 billion in paediatric healthcare across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and a major step forward for the $1.5 billion-plus Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct.

“This state-of-the-art paediatric hospital and research facility will transform child and adolescent health by physically co-locating clinicians, researchers and educators to accelerate learnings and further improve bedside care,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Patients and their families have been at the centre of planning throughout all stages of the project to ensure the new hospital will meet the community’s varied healthcare needs into the future.

“The design includes some wonderful features such as family rooms and green outdoor spaces which will create a welcoming and supportive environment for patients and their families to improve their healthcare experience.”

Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre will give children for the first time the same level of integrated cancer care experienced by adults.

“Children will receive the finest possible care in both general medicine and specialist cancer treatment and research,” Minister Hunt said.

“If your child is battling cancer, you want to know that the latest research is translating into effective treatment as fast as possible. This Centre will ensure kids have that next level care with many experts working together on the same campus.”

Director of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick, Professor Tracey O’Brien, said children, patients, families, staff, researchers, students and community members have participated in more than 200 forums to share their experiences and priorities to inform the design of the new health facilities.

“The design focuses on creating spaces that support the wellbeing of children and their families, clinicians and researchers, and can be adapted to meet the changing needs of the community and evolving treatments,” Professor O’Brien said.

“The redevelopment includes an integrated partnership between the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Kids Cancer Centre, Children’s Cancer Institute, and UNSW to achieve the best possible outcomes for children with cancer.”

Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Institute Professor Michelle Haber AM explained the significance of the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre for children with cancer “Our vision has long been for an integrated, state-of-the-art facility, where our medical and research teams can work side-by-side to offer personalised treatment options for children with cancer. We believe by enabling world-leading research to be embedded in the fabric of every child’s clinical journey, we can provide the physical space for new discoveries, innovations and breakthroughs to flourish.”

The new hospital building will include:

  • a children's emergency department
  • medical short stay unit
  • children's intensive care unit
  • inpatient units for medical, surgical, adolescent, sleep and oncology specialties
  • a day oncology centre
  • paediatric pharmacy
  • virtual care centre and hospital command centre
  • neurosciences centre
  • technologically advanced wet and dry laboratories to support cancer research
  • education, training and research spaces
  • collaborative work areas.

Construction will commence in the first half of 2022 and the new hospital will open in late 2025.

The $658 million investment in the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Randwick includes: $478 million from the NSW Government; $100 million from the Commonwealth Government; $25 million from Children’s Cancer Institute, $25 million from Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation; and the University of NSW is providing a $30 million in-kind contribution for the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre within the adjacent UNSW Health Translation Hub.

The NSW Government has invested over $1 billion in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, strengthening health, research, education and innovation outcomes to ensure NSW is at the forefront of health research and education internationally.

View the flythrough here.

More information can be found on the project website www.randwickcampusredevelopment.health.nsw.gov.au