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Topping out ceremony marks major milestone for new Sydney Children’s Hospital

The $658 million Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick has reached a major milestone, with the completion of the highest point in the construction of the new 12-storey building.

A traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony was held, with Minister for Health Ryan Park, Federal Minister for Health Mark Butler, Member for Coogee Dr Marjorie O’Neill, and Federal Member for Kingsford Smith Matt Thistlethwaite joining the celebrations with health staff and workers.

As part of the ‘topping out’ ceremony a native Water Gum, endemic to south eastern Australia, was lifted onto the roof of the new building, honouring a long-held tradition. The tree will be planted on site as part of future landscaping for the project.

The development is a part of the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct and will enhance paediatric healthcare through modern facilities and integrative health, education, and research partnerships.

The project is set to greatly enhance health outcomes for children and families by providing comprehensive care and facilities including an intensive care unit, emergency department, and dedicated cancer treatment units.

It also features specialised areas such as a neuroscience centre, a virtual care centre called KidsHQ, and a new pharmacy, along with improved parent amenities and educational spaces.

The co-located Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre will focus on innovative cancer treatment and research, aiming to become one of the world’s leading paediatric cancer centres.

Over 2,000 children, staff and community members contributed to the facility’s design, ensuring it meets the needs of those it will serve.

The new facility will connect to the UNSW Health Translation Hub and the recently opened Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building, fostering a collaborative environment for better patient outcomes.

The project, set for completion in late 2025, is a collaborative effort involving the NSW and Federal Governments, Children’s Cancer Institute, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network including the Kids Cancer Centre, and UNSW Sydney. Philanthropic contributions have also been provided from Children’s Cancer Institute, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and Minderoo Foundation. 

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