Parramatta Health Care

The $2.4 billion Parramatta health care sector, including medical biotechnology, is thriving. It’s the City of Parramatta’s largest employment sector, providing more than 27,000 jobs in 2019-20.

Architectural rendering of the entrance of the new Westmead Hospital. Illustrated are doctors, patients and residents moving throughout the leafy green pathways as well as vehicular access for urgent medical attention.

Parramatta Health Care 

The health sector is largely concentrated in the Westmead Health Precinct, just three minutes by train from the Parramatta CBD. It services more than a million patients each year for 10% of Australia’s population. 

Health Care has had the largest employment growth among all other industries in Parramatta. Most of this growth is due to investment in the Westmead health precinct, with:

  • The NSW Government committing more than $3.4 billion
  • Universities and the private sector to upgrade and expand the health services
  • Medical research facilities, education services and public transport infrastructure in Westmead

The Health Care Sector In Westmead

The Westmead health precinct one of world’s largest health, education and research hubs and the biggest in Australia. 

Westmead has four major hospitals, including:

  • Westmead Hospital
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Westmead Private Hospital
  • Cumberland Hospital, Westmead

There are more than 1100 full-time equivalent research staff working in Westmead. It has three research institutes, including:

  • Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Kids Research

There are 350 complementary health services in Westmead and this is set to increase. Healthcare professionals, researchers and students are within easy walking distance of each other, making collaboration easier. The precinct offers:

  • A world-class integrated tertiary clinical core
  • An innovation, education and research network
  • Hundreds of globally connected private health businesses
Image of the entrance to Westmead Childrens Hospital. The colourful logo baring the same name is at the top of the entryway

Health Education Sector In Parramatta

A medical student works alongside a senior doctor in the lab performing analysis on test tube samples.

Health Education Sector In Parramatta

More than 3400 students are studying at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University campuses in Westmead. Both universities are planning to expand in Westmead. Total investment for these plans is worth almost $1 billion. Student numbers in Westmead are forecasted to grow to 8500 over the next 10 years. 

Westmead Redevelopment Project

Aerial image of the Westmead precinct including residential and medical, education and research facilities unique to the medicine innovation precinct.

Westmead Redevelopment Project

The NSW Government has committed more than $900 million for Stage One of the Westmead Redevelopment project, which includes the construction of a new acute services building that will link Westmead Hospital to The Children’s Hospital. 

Architects rendering of Westmead hospital precinct at build out. Seven new surrounding buildings have been redeveloped with Westmead Hospital at the epicentre.

Future Developments In The Parramatta Health Sector

The health sector is expected to grow from 18,000 jobs in 2016 to 50,000 full-time staff jobs by 2036. Deloitte Access Economics projects that the increase in employment by 2036 will deliver $2.8 billion of extra economic output per year.

With the number of people working in Westmead set to grow, so too will the number of people living and socialising in the area. More than 3000 new dwellings will be built.  

A total of $5.8 billion of investment is underway in Westmead at various stages over the next decade. This includes:

  • $2.4 billion potential development
  • $3.4 billion currently being delivered or under planning
Artists Impression of Two Parramatta Light Rail Front Carriages Travelling through Macquarie Street. One is bound for Westmead as is illustrated in the electronic signage on the front carriage of the train.

Transport Improvements That Will Support The Health Sector

The NSW Government has committed to building a new light rail service that will run from Westmead through to Carlingford, via the Parramatta CBD. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023. 

As part of the Sydney Metro West project, the NSW Government has also committed to building a new underground metro station at Westmead, which will improve access to health services and facilities in the area. 

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