South Australia’s new Health and Biomedical is shaping us the largest precinct of its type in the southern hemisphere. The city’s north-west corner near the corner of West Terrace and North Terrace is already home to the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), completed and launched in December 2013; with construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital adjacent, well underway.
When the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) is complete in 2016, it will be the State’s flagship public hospital, providing world-class health care and facilities for South Australians. Occupying a 10 hectare site, the NRAH will be the largest, most technologically advanced hospital in the State and one of the most advanced in the nation, employing some 6 000 people, with 800 beds and projected to have around 800 000 admissions each year.
SAHMRI is purpose-built and state-of-the-art with cutting edge technology and equipment. It has been established as the state’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute, made possible with $200m in funding from the Australian Government.
Adjacent to NRAH and SAHMRI will be two new facilities made possible with funding from the Australian Government of $100 million. The Government invested $40m in a Centre for Cancer Biology to focus on research to cancer and blood-related cancers, a partnership of the University of South Australia with SA Pathology. Another $60m was invested in a new medical school for the University of Adelaide that brings together the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Construction starts in 2014.