Funding boost for Network
The NSW and Federal Government announced a $608 million commitment to fund a new Emergency Department, short stay unit and a Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. The initiative will be supported by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, the Children’s Cancer Institute and the University of NSW. The planning of this project will commence in the second half of 2019.
“A Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre means that clinicians can work directly beside scientists and offers a truly unique, collaborative research setting. The Network will lead the way in cancer research as we continue to work towards our ultimate goal of zero childhood cancer,” said Professor Tracey O’Brien, Department Head of Kids Cancer Centre.
The core of the development will see the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick Emergency Department expand and relocate from busy High Street to Botany Street, allowing for improved facilities and access for patients. This investment complements the NSW Government’s $720 million Prince of Wales Acute Services Building, a newly announced UNSW Health translation research hub and other refurbishments occurring across the campus.
At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, announced a commitment to fund Stage 2 of the Westmead Redevelopment. This paediatric-focused building will be home to The Children's Hospital at Westmead's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Oncology Centre, theatres, beds and other services providing state-of-the art facilities for thousands of families each year. The total investment is $619 million and will significantly increase the size of the hospital.
Exciting things to come for the Network and most importantly the future of children’s health care.