The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) forms the centrepiece of the state’s $3.6 billion Adelaide BioMed City, set to become one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the southern hemisphere.
Together the RAH and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) have laid the foundations for the cluster, set to lead the nation in developing international best practice models of training, research and healthcare.
The precinct will incorporate:
- The Royal Adelaide Hospital: The RAH will remain the major teaching hospital in South Australia and will continue to be integrated with the health faculties of the universities in Adelaide providing the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate education.
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI): A $280 million ‘SAHMRI 2’ has been proposed to be constructed alongside the original SAHMRI building, which opened in late 2013 and is home to over 500 researchers. SAHMRI 2 would house Australia’s first proton therapy unit – an $80 million machine to target otherwise inoperable cancerous tumours.
- The University of Adelaide Medical and Nursing School: The School will be housed in the Health and Medical Sciences Building and will support 500 medicine, nursing and dentistry students every year and host more than 400 health science researchers.
- University of South Australia’s Centre for Cancer Biology: This 15-storey facility will support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research, not only delivering a Centre for Cancer Biology but also a Science Creativity Education Studio and an Innovation and Collaboration Centre. This will enable the expansion of nursing and allied health graduates by an extra 550 graduates per year.
The co-location of these research and hospital services will drive the development of new industries and research while the Precinct’s strong commercial focus will attract foreign investment in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and related areas while providing thousands of new job opportunities.
Once complete, the precinct will host between 10,000 and 15,000 people involved in research, teaching and clinical care at any one time.