The University of Wollongong and Lendlease have signed contracts for the first stage of a $500M state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Precinct.
The agreement will see the partners jointly design, develop and deliver a 7.5 hectare Precinct at the southern end of the Innovation Campus which will be centred around the University’s ‘intoHealth’ Primary and Community Health Clinic, alongside a 126-bed residential aged care facility, 199 independent retirement living units, an 80-place childcare centre and recreation facilities.
Modelled on the renowned Mayo Clinic in the United States, ‘intoHealth’ will be Australia’s first University-led clinic offering intergenerational, patient-centred healthcare. It will deliver non-surgical care that complements the region’s existing health services, focusing on preventative health to maintain patients’ overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Public and private patients will receive a personalised continuum of services from health promotion and disease prevention to rehabilitation and palliative care services.
Through integrating non-surgical health care and aged-care facilities within a research and teaching environment, the Precinct aims to translate research into action—developing and delivering new models of patient-centred care while training the next generation of healthcare professionals and advancing health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of the Illawarra and beyond.
UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, said the close of commercial negotiations and subsequent contract signing was an important milestone for the ambitious project.