Walker Group funds multi-million dollar medical facility in Macarthur

Artist impressions of the Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre
Artist impressions of the Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre

Western Sydney University has teamed up with Walker Group to deliver new educational and medical research facilities in south-western Sydney.

One of the new facilities will be a world-class medical research centre for the rapidly-growing Macarthur region.

The Lang Walker Family will contribute up to $26 million in philanthropic gifts to the university in order to build the Macarthur Medical Research Centre.

Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Barney Glover said the hub would transform Campbelltown Hospital into an internationally engaged research precinct and foster greater scientific, clinical and industry collaborations.

"The Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre brings together the expertise and commitment of an unprecedented array of partners committed to the health of the south west, now and over the coming decades," he said

The Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre's other foundational partners are the South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute and UNSW Sydney.

The facility will drive research into some of the region's most pressing health conditions such as diabetes, mental health, Indigenous health, paediatrics and cancer.

WSU Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Sweeney, Western Sydney MP Stuart Ayres, SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin, Walker Group chairman Lang Walker, Ingham Institute's Terry Goldacre, Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Deitz, WSU Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Barney Glover.

WSU Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Sweeney, Western Sydney MP Stuart Ayres, SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin, Walker Group chairman Lang Walker, Ingham Institute's Terry Goldacre, Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Deitz, WSU Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Barney Glover.

It will translate research findings so they lead to targeted improvements in patient care, treatments and preventative health.

Walker group chairman Lang Walker said he was proud to partner with the university on such an ambitious project.

"My family and I are proud to be able to expand our continued commitment to medical research across Sydney, through this partnership with Western Sydney University," he said.

"Investing in greater western Sydney communities is a priority for the Walker Group and builds on the community programs we are already supporting through the newly formed A-League club Macarthur Bulls FC and the Charles Perkins Soccer Academy."

Walker Group will also build Western Sydney University's new state-of-the-art vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD, which is set to open in 2022 and accommodate up to 12,000 students.

The new Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre, and the pending Bankstown CBD campus, come in addition to a stage two development for the University in the Liverpool CBD.

This second facility will significantly upscale its teaching and research presence in the Liverpool CBD.

Artist impressions of the Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre

Artist impressions of the Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre

"These initiatives focus on the educational, health and wellbeing needs of south-western Sydney," Professor Glover said.

"Importantly, they do so, at scale, across an area we've designated the 'priority triangle'; specifically, the region broadly encompassing the communities of Campbelltown, Bankstown and Liverpool.

"This rapidly growing population will present unique and sometimes complex health challenges - we need to act now if we are to meet those challenges.

"Western Sydney University is well placed to serve this fast-growing population.

"Working together with our alliance partners, the Macarthur Medical Research Centre is a major new opportunity for the region - a place to grow the health and medical workforce of the future, and a home for the world's best and brightest researchers to bring together cutting-edge research, clinical expertise and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities."

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the NSW Government "fully supports this partnership".

"It will deliver vitally important research, educational and community-embedded outcomes addressing the specific requirements of one the state's fastest growing regions," he said.