8 December 2023

First look at plans for new Warrawong Community Health Centre

| Jen White
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Artist's impression of the new community health centre.

An artist’s impression of the main entry of the new Warrawong Community Health Centre. Photos: Health Infrastructure.

Work on the new Warrawong Community Health Centre, to be built on part of the Port Kembla Hospital site, is due to start mid next year.

The centre is being delivered as part of the more than $700 million New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services project, including the new hospital at Dunmore Rd, Dunmore.

Designs for the centre have been released ahead of community information sessions which will be held on Tuesday, 12 December.

Keira MP and Health Minister Ryan Park said the new centre, located on the south-east corner of the hospital site, would bring together a range of community health services within one purpose-built facility.

“I’m excited we’re taking the first steps towards building this new facility which will meet the needs of the Illawarra community now and into the future,” Mr Park said.

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“Warrawong Community Health Centre will deliver a community-focused health service by co-locating services from Port Kembla Hospital and across the District into one single hub, making it much simpler for patients accessing healthcare.

“The new centre has been designed with the best clinical practices in mind as well as ensuring the layout and flow is easy for staff and patients to navigate.”

Health services at Port Kembla Hospital, which was opened in 1960 and is coming to the end of its useful life, are being transferred to other Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District facilities.

These include the expansion of sub-acute aged care services at Bulli Hospital and a new rehabilitation gymnasium, refreshed rehabilitation and cardiology wards and delivery of a new ward at Wollongong Hospital.

Services at the new Warrawong centre will include Child and Family Health Services, Binji and Boori (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service), Community nursing, Community Mental Health, Sexual Health Service, Drug and Alcohol Services and equipment loan pool.

It will feature courtyards designed to support patients accessing clinical services and used for outdoor education, quiet spaces and clinical therapies.

Local Aboriginal groups have helped shape the design of the facility, including the planned landscaping which will feature local native plants, trees and shrubs.

Wollongong MP Paul Scully said the centre would be a vital boost to healthcare services for the local community.

“I’ve advocated for the new Warrawong Community Health Centre for a very long time so it’s fantastic to see progress,” Mr Scully said.

“This facility is incredibly vital to our community, making it so much easier for people to access a wide range of health services in one location.

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“It’s important to have a place like the Warrawong Community Health Centre where multiple health services will now be in the same place.

“I encourage everyone to check out the designs, learn more about this exciting project and pass on their feedback.”

Further stakeholder and community consultation will inform the final design of the centre and the community is invited to an information drop-in session at the Warrawong Plaza on Tuesday 12 December, between 2 and 4 pm.

The centre is expected to open in early 2026, pending planning approval.

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