Work is now underway on a new state-of-the-art facility that will put south western Sydney at the forefront of medical research, with the first sod turned on the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building – Macarthur.

The 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 - will bring together world-leading researchers and clinicians across many disciplines.

Marking the milestone, The Hon. Chris Minns, Premier and the Hon. Ryan Park Minister for Health and Regional Health heralded a new era in collaborative research in south western Sydney.

“I am proud that medical research done in NSW can help improve people’s lives in areas such as diabetes and paediatrics.” Mr. Minns said.

“This will not only translate into improved patient outcomes in NSW, but also across Australia and globally.”

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NSW Health Minister Ryan 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 be home to 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.

UNSW’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Attila Brungs, said the new building will offer 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. This is a momentous milestone for all of us who are working together to improve health for the Macarthur community,” Professor Brungs said.

Western Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the facility will deliver innovation in health care, treatment, therapies, and patient care for the region.

“Western Sydney University is proud to work with its partners to deliver the world-class Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building – Macarthur. 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,” said Professor Glover.

Walker Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Gallant said the cutting-edge facility will be an incredible tribute to the late Lang Walker AO, whose enduring legacy reflects his generosity and dedication to driving generational change through transformative placemaking, health, education and cultural projects.

The Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building - Macarthur is due to open in 2025. 

Photos by Sally Tsoutas, Western Sydney University