PROJECT OVERVIEW
The NSW Government’s $835 million John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct project will transform healthcare services for Newcastle, the greater Hunter region and northern NSW communities. Infrastructure will be delivered to support the expansion of clinical and non-clinical services and will increase the capacity at the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals. 

The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct project will deliver an innovative and integrated precinct with industry-leading facilities. The project will work in collaboration with health, education and research partners to meet the current and future needs of the Greater Newcastle, Hunter New England and Northern NSW regions.

The existing John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals will be redeveloped and expanded to deliver a new seven-storey Acute Services Building.   This infrastructure will provide additional inpatient capacity to the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals and create further opportunities for partnerships with industry and higher education providers.

An interim expansion of the existing Emergency Department is underway in advance of the new Emergency Department in the new Acute Services Building. Other interim works will help alleviate traffic congestion onsite and support further planning for the precinct.

The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct project is being delivered in partnership with Health Infrastructure and Hunter New England Local Health District.

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Milestones 

  • May 2021
    Schematic design unveiled

    Schematic design unveiled

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard today visited the hospital to unveil the schematic designs of $835million expansion of the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals. 

  • Oct 2020

    Concept Design Unveiled

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard unveil the concept design for the redevelopment of the John Hunter and John Hunter Children's Hospitals.

  • Aug 2020

    Emergency Department Interim Expansion Stage 1 Complete

    The John Hunter Emergency Department Interim Expansion Stage 1 is completed, providing an additional 12 treatment spaces and a procedure room in a dedicated paediatric treatment zone.

  • Apr 2020

    Emergency Department Interim Expansion Stage 1 Commences

    Works commence on Stage One of the John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department Interim Expansion five months ahead of schedule. 

  • Apr 2020

    Functional Brief Completed

    The Functional Design Brief is completed. This document outlines what the building will look like and the operational requirements for each department based on the Clinical Services Plan.
     

  • Dec 2019

    Project User Groups Commence

    The Integrated Project Team commences consultation with over 400 staff and key stakeholders in the Project User Groups to develop a Functional Design Brief.
     

  • Sep 2019

    Clinical Services Planning Commences

    Clinical Services Planning commences. The Hunter New England Local Health District consults with over 160 staff including via 13 consultation sessions.
     

  • Aug 2019
    John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct Master Plan presented to staff

    John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct Master Plan presented to staff

    Hunter New England Local Health District Chief Executive, Michael DiRienzo, and Executive Director Infrastructure and Planning, Ramsey Awad, presented the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct Master Plan to staff at the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals in August 2019.ls. 

  • Aug 2019

    Master Plan Launch

    Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, officially launches the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct Master Plan.
     

  • Jun 2019

    Budget Announcement

    The NSW Government announces $835 million for the Precinct in the 2019/20 NSW Budget. The project will support a major expansion of the John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals for the people of Newcastle, its regional communities and northern NSW.

  • May 2019

    Lead Design Team Appointed

    A lead Design Team for the Precinct is appointed which includes project managers, architects, engineers and cost managers.

  • Apr 2019

    Master Plan Endorsed

    A high-level Precinct Master Plan for the project is endorsed through project governance.

  • Nov 2018

    Precinct Master Planning Commences

    Precinct Master Planning commences, providing a framework to identify future opportunities for the redevelopment.  A detailed vision evolves for the immediate development as well as future stages beyond 2050.

  • Sep 2018

    Vision Workshop

    Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, chairs a Project Visioning Workshop with more than 60 health, education, research, business and political leaders from the Hunter and New England regions.  This is the first step in developing a Master Plan for the Precinct.
     

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