University of Sydney and Westmead Partnership

Posted 26 Sep 2016
Two students in action during a simulation exercise

The University of Sydney is strengthening its partnership with the Westmead precinct. The announcement of a $60m investment at Westmead will provide for new education facilities, upgrades to existing spaces, and a suite of new academic programs and initiatives. These facilities and programs will be delivered in partnership with Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and the research institutes at the Westmead precinct.

This investment is the first instalment of the University of Sydney’s commitment to invest $500m into Westmead for infrastructure and programs over the next 20 years. This will see the number of students at the campus quadruple to more than 6,000 students.

This investment in the precinct will enhance the already active interdisciplinary collaborations between healthcare, research and education at Westmead. Patients, clinicians, researchers and other innovators are continuing to build on the culture of innovation and knowledge sharing at Westmead.

The new contemporary, flexible technology-enabled teaching, learning and work spaces will be equivalent to the best in the world. It will also expand the expertise and educational activities available on the precinct to engineering, physics, business management, the social sciences and others.

New Investment

The University of Sydney investment includes $60m for:

  • A new simulation ward, which provides facilities for educating students in nursing, medicine and allied health, and training staff at Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • 5,000m² across two floors of the Westmead Redevelopment’s new acute services building, to become the central location of the University of Sydney’s Westmead Campus
  • An upgrade and expansion of the current Westmead Education and Conference Centre, within Westmead Hospital, to provide an innovative and versatile learning environment for staff and students
  • Refurbishment of student facilities, to improve the student experience at Westmead

Announcement story

Read the story on the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) website

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Video from the announcement on 26 September 2016

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Photo gallery from the announcement on 26 September 2016

NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, is joined by event VIPs and University of Sydney students
NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, and University of Sydney Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, talk to the media
Precinct partners join the Minister for the announcement
Danny O'Connor, Chief Executive WSLHD, and Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor University of Sydney
NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner chats to University of Sydney students

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Completed Projects

In March 2016, the University of Sydney in partnership with the Westmead Redevelopment, delivered the new clinical simulation lab and tutorial rooms for the Masters of Nursing program at Westmead Hospital. The program offers nursing graduates the opportunity to study nursing at Westmead with access to a range of clinical placement experiences across western Sydney including Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

History of The University of Sydney at Westmead

  • 1965—The University of Sydney is invited to contribute to the design of Westmead hospital.
  • 1978—Westmead Hospital and The University of Sydney Westmead Clinical School opens.
  • 1995—The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School opens

Westmead Educational Conference Centre (WECC)

Westmead Educational Conference Centre (WECC) is an education and training venue at Westmead Hospital. An upgrade to this space is planned which will create a highly engaging teaching and learning environment for staff and students. It will promote interdisciplinary collaboration and encourage students, researchers and clinicians to exchange ideas. A mix of formal and informal spaces will allow for a multitude of teaching and learning approaches.

Refurbished staff room and facilities for Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) staff will also be included in the project on level 1.