UNSW research and teaching facilities bolstered with Randwick Health Campus connection

In an annex alongside the back of Randwick’s new Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building (ASB), UNSW Sydney will house state-of-the-art research, clinical innovation, biomedical and teaching facilities across 10 floors and approximately 5000m2 in a multipurpose space known as the Integrated Acute Services Building (IASB).

Natalie Turns

In an annex alongside the back of Randwick’s new Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building (ASB), UNSW Sydney will house state-of-the-art research, clinical innovation, biomedical and teaching facilities across 10 floors and approximately 5000m2 in a multipurpose space known as the Integrated Acute Services Building (IASB).

Construction on both buildings is well underway with the Prince of Wales Hospital ASB due to open in early 2023, and UNSW IASB facilities operational from late 2024.  

Professor Vlado Perkovic, Dean, UNSW Medicine & Health reiterated the value of an integrated, co-located space with research, education, clinical and training facilities that strengthens links between clinicians and researchers in real-time.

‘This a unique opportunity for UNSW to contribute to creating a seamless physical connection between the University and Randwick Health Campus, which together positions us at the forefront of health research and education and directly benefits the community,’ he said.

This modern, physically co-located clinical, teaching and research environment will enable researchers and clinicians alike to use insights into current healthcare practice to inform quicker and more seamless advancements in the way healthcare is delivered.’

The IASB will include dedicated research, teaching, innovation and collaboration spaces in addition to laboratories for clinical and translational research linked to the ASB.

UNSW spaces aligned with planned ASB zones to maximise collaboration

Facilities at the IASB will align with work happening at the hospital, maximising the benefits of co-location to improve health outcomes for our community.

The ground floor will house a Clinical Research & Innovation Facility (CRIF) and be home to outpatient research, clinical trials and multidisciplinary team space.

Across from the hospital’s first floor operating theatres, IASB space will prioritise medical technology ideation, bio-printing, rapid prototyping and testing laboratories.

On the second floor and near the hospital’s Central Sterile Supply Department, UNSW will have space for clinical prototyping: co-design for implants, prosthetics, orthotics, devices, surgical robotics computational modelling. It will also include a sample preparation facility for specimen reception and distribution, molecular, processing, short-term cryostorage.

The intensive care unit and medical assessment unit on level three will link to UNSW’s data visualisation spaces, co-working zones for data interfacing with hospital medical assessment unit.

To maximise links with the hospital’s haematology, oncology and sub-acute aged care units on level four, a laboratory is planned. It will have shared services for clinical research as well as a haematology translational research space and high-end analytics lab for cell therapy and clinical trials for haematology and oncology patients.

On levels five through seven, UNSW will have dedicated clinical education and translational research zones to encourage collaboration and learning. These spaces correspond to the hospital’s aged care and orthogeriatric, surgery, respiratory and spinal units.

Across from the hospital’s neurosciences unit on level eight, UNSW will future proof for another research laboratory.  

A long-term partnership to improve health  

The IASB is the culmination of a 60-year teaching and research partnership between UNSW and the Randwick Health Campus and is one of two new UNSW facilities in the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct (RHIP) supported by a $500 million commitment by UNSW over the next decade.

The UNSW Health Translation Hub (UNSW HTH), a second facility in the precinct is a 15-storey, 35,600 square metre clinical health, education and research. Located on the corner of High Street and Botany Street it will integrate health education, training and research with clinical healthcare services.

UNSW Director Strategy and Precincts, Dr Zoe Terpening believes the value of co-location and collaboration across RHIP is central to advancing excellence and innovation in healthcare and research.

 ‘The IASB and UNSW Health Translation Hub combined will bring together education and medical researchers, clinicians, industry partners and public health experts to foster rapid translation of research, innovation and education in a dedicated health and innovation precinct,’ she said.

UNSW’s investment complements NSW Government’s commitment of up to $780 million contribution to RHIP that will deliver 1.8 million patient interactions; see more than 58,000 students educated; and establish a projected workforce of 22,000 as the collaborative Precinct grows.