Lendlease has been chosen as the development partner for the University of Wollongong’s new Health and Wellbeing Precinct.

According to UOW, the Precinct will include Australia’s first primary and community health clinic to offer truly integrated, patient-centred healthcare, as well as aged care and retirement living facilities, and research and teaching programs.

“The development of the Health and Wellbeing Precinct is a major initiative for the University that will bring significant benefits to the Illawarra community and beyond,” says UOW vice-chancellor Paul Wellings.

“It will create a space where medical professionals sit alongside students, researchers and academics, and where aged care centres sit alongside state-of-the-art rehabilitation services, where GPs will work side-by-side with dieticians, dentists and psychologists.

“Lendlease provided the most comprehensive development concept and vision for the Health and Wellbeing Precinct, which best meets UOW’s vision to advance education, research, community engagement and employment opportunity for graduates.”

Stage One of the Health and Wellbeing Precinct vision includes health-related research and teaching facilities integrated with a primary and community health clinic, a 108-bed residential aged care facility, 199 independent retirement living units, a childcare centre, and retail and commercial facilities.

The hub of the Precinct, the intoHealth Primary and Community Health Clinic, is modelled on the renowned Mayo Clinic in the United States and will offer integrated patient-centred healthcare - everything from respite and rehabilitation to aged care and mental health services.

Covering 7.5 hectares at the southern end of the university's Innovation Campus, the Precinct will complement existing health services and help relieve pressure on local health networks in the Illawarra by offering non-surgical care focussed on preventative health and the maintenance of physical and mental health and wellbeing.