Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

CSU/WSU Joint program in medicine

September 2019

Development Update

Charles Sturt University has been provided with funding of $22 million to develop a new Rural Medical School in Orange in partnership with the University of Western Sydney.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann notes that CSU is at the forefront of rural and regional medical training, and will be creating qualified doctors who will understand the particular health needs of regional communities.

The partnership between Charles Sturt University and the University of Western Sydney builds on the University of Western Sydney’s existing training presence at Bathurst with an initial cohort of 37 students programmed commence at Orange campus in 2021.

Works at Orange Campus

The funding will pay for capital works including construction of a new “academic hub”, with academic accommodation, Indigenous Student Centre, conference rooms and health research facilities.

Existing campus buildings will also be refurbished and extended to create modern learning spaces for medicine and health sciences including informal student learning spaces, upgrades to the Learning Commons, expansion of anatomy facilities and an ultrasound room.

New Clinical Education Learning Centre

A new Clinical Education Learning Centre will be developed in parallel at the Orange Base Hospital (Bloomfield) precinct.

Current Progress

What is happening now?
  • Construction documentation has been completed.
  • Early works demolition has been completed.
  • Tendering for the major building and renovation works closes on 1st October 2019 with construction programmed to commence late October 2019.
  • A time-lapse camera has been provided to take images of the creation of the new Academic hub building.
  • Staff will continue to be kept informed via "EngageOrange"
  • Students have been kept informed via the Orange Campus student residences Facebook page. The JPM team are also looking to establish a student user group for this project.
  • Prints of current designs are displayed in "Banjos" cafeteria at campus.

JMP Image Staff Consultation

Project Control Group (PCG) Update

Upcoming agenda:

Project Control Group (PCG) Meeting: The next meetings are scheduled for the 28th of October 2019.

Construction works: Stage refurbishment works will commence as soon as learning spaces are vacated in late October with these works programmed to be completed by start of 2020 teaching year where possible.

The new academic hub will take approx. 12 months to construct and is programmed to be ready for occupation by November 2020 (staff to be well established in this building prior to JPM's February 2021 start date).


BHA development Presentation document can be downloaded for your information.

JMP Presentation

For more information on this project, please contact the Division of Facilities Management:

Mr. Mark Adams

Special Project Officer, Division of Facilities Management

Phone: 0409 715 614