Construction begins on state-of-the-art medical research facility in South Western Sydney 

14 Feb 2024
A group of men and women in hi-vis vests shovel dirt on an urban construction site.

Work is underway on the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building – Macarthur.  

The facility is a partnership between UNSW Sydney, Western Sydney University, South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research with the support of Walker Corporation. It will bring together world-leading researchers and clinicians to deliver innovation in health care, treatment, therapies and models of care for the region. 

The Hon. Chris Minns, Premier, and the Hon. Ryan Park, Minister for Health and Regional Health, announced the start of construction. 

“I am proud that medical research 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,” Mr Minns said. 

Mr Park said the facility will complement the NSW Government’s $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital and the broader Campbelltown Health and Education Precinct. It will house the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research – Macarthur. 

“Researchers in this facility will focus on complex health challenges, including mental illness, diabetes, paediatrics, and addiction medicine, as well as the healthcare of Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” Mr Park said. 

A group of men and women in suits stand in a line on the grass

UNSW’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Attila Brungs, said the new building offers greater opportunities for collaboration. 

“In partnership, and building on our significant health, education and research presence in Greater Western Sydney, the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building – Macarthur will help address some of the biggest health challenges facing the region,” Professor Brungs said. “This is a momentous milestone for all of us who are working together to improve health for the Macarthur community.” 

Walker Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Gallant said the cutting-edge facility will be a fitting tribute to the late Lang Walker AO, whose generosity and dedication enabled generational change through transformative placemaking, health, education and cultural projects. 

“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,” Mr Gallant said.