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Has it been a year already?

20 December 2018

Wow…where did the year go?! Hard to believe we’re closing in on the finish line already, but here we are. Delivering Australia’s largest health capital program really makes the time fly!
And looking back on the year that was, we’re proud to report that Health Infrastructure has completed over 20 projects and started over 15: an incredible achievement by our teams and a great outcome for public health in NSW.
So please indulge us as we share with you some of this year’s key achievements.
Metropolitan milestones
Across the CBD and Greater Sydney, our precinct projects are quite literally transforming the city-scape with world-leading, integrated health, research and education campuses. This year, we revealed some big news for the future of Westmead and Randwick.
At the same time, we are delivering critical upgrades to some of the busiest hospitals. This year, we kicked off redevelopments at Concord, Nepean and Shellharbour Hospitals and made progress with planning for the new Maitland Hospital.
We handed over the keys to the new Northern Beaches Hospital in October, and completed an upgrade of the Mona Vale Hospital’s emergency care centre: ensuring it continues to play an important role in caring for the Northern Beaches community.
Working alongside NSW Ambulance, we delivered three major new ambulance superstations at Caringbah, Artarmon and Haberfield; giving paramedics the contemporary, purpose-built facilities they need to provide the best possible care.
Western Sydney in the limelight
One of the fastest growing regions, Western Sydney got an extra boost this year with the completion of paramedic response points at Quakers Hill, Bonnyrig and Roselands and a much needed car park at Blacktown Hospital.
Relocating from Glebe, NSW’s new state-of-the-art Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court Complex recently opened in Lidcombe. HI took the lead in delivering this joint NSW Health and NSW Justice project. The complex is set to modernise the delivery of coronial and forensic services, including support services offered to the community.
And congratulations go to the new $3.5 million Mount Druitt Community Dialysis Centre, which received the inaugural Boomtown! Health Project of the Year award. An outstanding achievement for this facility that helps diabetics and other at-risk renal patients access critical treatment closer to home.
Regional and rural health care
With projects planned, underway or completed in Armidale, Goulburn, Griffith, Coffs Harbour, Inverell, Kiama, Lismore, Mudgee, Pottsville, Tweed Valley, Rouse Hill and more, it’s safe to say that HI is in just about every corner of NSW.
Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital Stage 1 & 2 is complete and set to provide first-class services to the local community.
The Broken Hill Community Health Centre officially opened just last month; upgrading the level of care and services to one of our more remote communities.
And improved health and aged care services in Rylstone and Molong are now available after the delivery of innovative Multipurpose Services Programs; one-stop shops for community health.
Win for paramedics
An amazing six new regional ambulance stations and three metropolitan ambulance superstations are up and running! Combined with four new paramedic response points, people in NSW will benefit from improved emergency services across the state.
Healing arts
Art in public health spaces flourished in 2018, creating more engaging and healing environments.
Mount Druitt Community Dialysis Centre - part of the $700 million Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals’ expansion - is particularly proud of its local Aboriginal arts and healing garden. And a stunning piece by local artist Shaun Kemp was recently installed at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre.
Adding to this, the Westmead Redevelopment project launched its Arts and Culture Strategy this year. We can’t wait to see what inspiring artists will create to help people feel safe, welcome and connected in the new hospital!
Thank you!
Great achievements stem from exceptional collaboration and special thanks go to all our partners and collaborators across NSW.
We thank our contractors, designers, architects, cost managers, planners, project managers, local health districts, partners in education, and our government counterparts for a terrific year.
We’ll be working well into the New Year, so we’ll see you then!

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