February 2024 | Media Releases
South-Western Sydney home to new $55 million medical research facility
The Premier, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research
South Western Sydney will be home to a new state-of-the-art medical research facility, with the first sod turned on the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building – Macarthur today.
The $55 million building will be home to the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research – Macarthur, delivering innovation in world-leading research to improve patient outcomes.
The research will have national significance, focusing on five key areas including diabetes, mental health, indigenous health, paediatrics & child wellbeing and addiction medicine.
This will complement the NSW Government’s $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital and the broader Campbelltown Health and Education Precinct.
Once completed, researchers and clinicians will have access to the latest research technologies, laboratories and collaboration spaces. This locally-based expertise will enhance community access to clinical trials, serve local health needs and lead research of national significance and global impact.
The cutting-edge facility will be a tribute to the late Lang Walker AO, whose legacy reflects his generosity, and his dedication to driving change through transformative building projects for the public and private sectors.
The facility will be developed in partnership with Western Sydney University, South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and UNSW Sydney – with the support of Walker Corporation.
“Lang knew this facility would help hundreds of thousands of people for generations to come and he’d be incredibly proud to see his namesake, the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building reach this significant milestone.”
David Gallant - Walker Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
NSW Premier Chris Minns said:
“I am proud that medical research done in NSW can help improve people’s lives in areas such as diabetes and paediatrics.
“This will not only translate into improved patient outcomes in NSW, but also across Australia and globally.”
Health Minister Ryan Park said:
"NSW has some of the brightest minds and it is facilities like these that ensure we retain and develop the skills of our highly trained clinicians.
“This facility will create fantastic opportunities to develop new treatments, therapies and look for innovative methods for treating patients in our healthcare system.”
Minister for Medical Research and Aboriginal Affairs, David Harris said:
“This is an incredible facility which will promote greater scientific, clinical and industry collaboration, deliver leading-edge diagnostics and bring the best in medical research tosouth western Sydney.
“Researchers in this facility will focus on complex health challenges, including mental illness, diabetes, paediatrics, and addiction medicine, as well as helping close the gap in health outcomes for our of our Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”
Member for Campbelltown, Greg Warren said:
“The Macarthur region is home to some of the best and brightest in our state, so this new facility is a welcome addition to the community in Campbelltown.”
Western Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO said:
“This is an investment in the future of the fast-growing and diverse south western Sydney region, driving positive outcomes across health, research and the community.”