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$50 million Children’s Neurosciences Centre at Randwick

A new integrated $50 million specialist centre funded under the 2021-22 NSW Budget will improve the care and treatment of children from across the State with severe and complex neurological disorders.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the $50 million Neurosciences Comprehensive Care and Research Centre will be located at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

“This $50 million investment will bring together in one central location a range of clinical specialties and services, including comprehensive care for developmental and nervous system disorders involving the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister Hazzard explained the importance of this integrated comprehensive service for the children of New South Wales.
“The Centre will offer an extraordinary environment to foster collaboration and improve access to clinical trials, referral navigation, early diagnosis and treatment options improving the outcomes for children with neurological disorders,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with these rare diseases is extremely difficult, often requiring various tests and imaging, so an integrated specialist centre will make a huge difference to these children and of course their families,” Mr Hazzard said.

Almost 1.2 million Australians, 400,000 of them children, are affected by approximately 8,000 known rare diseases. Unfortunately, 30 per cent of affected children will die before they reach the age of five.

The new Centre will be incorporated into the previously announced Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

The new integrated Centre will treat children with a range of illnesses, including:

  • Complex Epilepsy;
  • Neuromuscular disorders;
  • Cerebral Palsy,
  • Dementia;
  • Neurodegenerative disorders;
  • Traumatic Brain Injury;
  • Brain tumours;
  • Rare diseases
  • Stroke.
More than $1.5 billion is being invested in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct of which more than $1 billion is from the NSW Government to build three major health facilities delivered by the Randwick Campus Redevelopment. Facilities include:
  • A new Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building which is currently under construction
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Australia's first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre which will now also incorporate the Neurosciences Comprehensive Care and Research Centre 
  • UNSW Sydney’s Health Translation Hub
The Precinct through the integration of education, training and research with acute adult and paediatric healthcare services will create a Centre or excellence, directly benefiting patients, carers and the NSW Community.


PROJECT SUMMARY

The Randwick Campus Redevelopment team is working with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Children’s Cancer Institute and UNSW Sydney to plan and design Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Australia’s first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Bounded by Hospital Road, High Street and Botany Street, the redevelopment will connect with UNSW’s Health Translation Hub to bring the Randwick Hospitals Campus and UNSW Kensington Campus closer together, forming an integrated Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct.

The co-location of paediatric healthcare, education and research environments will accelerate learning discoveries, engage clinical innovation with bedside care and meet the complex health needs of Sydney’s growing population with a future ready workforce.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform paediatric services and the next exciting phase of the broader Randwick Campus Redevelopment.

The services being delivered in Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 includes:

  • A new children’s emergency department and emergency short-stay unit, accessible from Botany Street with direct links to new and existing services
  • A children’s intensive care unit including a close observation unit
  • New inpatient units for medical and surgical specialities 
  • A new medical short-stay unit
  • The Neurosciences Comprehensive Care and Research Centre, a facility that will deliver integrated specialist care for children with neurological disorders, including:
    • complex epilepsy
    • brain tumours
    • neuromuscular disorders
    • traumatic brain injury
  • A new pharmacy and paediatric pathology collection unit
  • New Front of House with High Street drop off 
  • New back of house and logistics services
  • Optimising shared services across the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct, including medical imaging and logistics
  • A new paediatric Virtual Care Centre that will transform children and young people’s health through choice, access and digital healthcare; delivering coordinated and efficient services that can be accessed 24/7 by patients and their families so they may receive care closer to home
  • Over 3,000 square metres of publicly accessible green space for patients, families, staff and the community.

Australia's first Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a paediatric clinical research facility, includes: 

  • State-of-the-art technologically advanced wet and dry laboratory spaces
  • Education, training and research spaces
  • New oncology inpatient units
  • A new day oncology unit.

The project is undertaking the final design phase, known as Detailed Design. Similar to the previous design phases, the Project team will continue to collaborate in the co-design process with staff from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and the Children’s Cancer Institute, patients, families, and the community to design a world-class facility that meets the community’s needs and into the future.  

 The Detailed Design phase builds on the work undertaken during the Concept and Schematic design phases, including room and ward layouts, final decisions on room specifications, as well as coordination of technology, furniture, fixtures and equipment for different areas of the new Sydney Children's Hospital Stage 1 and Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre.  

Planning documents

Indicative view of the new children's hospital and research facility from High Street

The Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney Children's Hospital Stage 1 and Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre can be viewed on the NSW Government Major Projects planning portal

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Project Fact Sheets

Find out more about all projects underway for the Randwick Campus Redevelopment

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Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The new children’s hospital and Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, combined with innovative approaches to research and healthcare are set to transform the patient, carer and family experience.

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