Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Communication Portal - CSU/WSU Joint Program in Medicine

January 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 Western Sydney University.

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  Western Sydney University builds on Western Sydney University'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 room and 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) campus.

Current Progress

What is happening now?
  • The funding agreement has been finalised.  It was signed and executed by Charles Sturt University & the Department of Health in the days prior to Christmas 2018.
  • Steering committee, Project control groups and stakeholder briefings are being programmed to commence early in 2019.
  • Schematic design is commenced and will be developed over the coming months in consultation with users.
  • Site investigations, early works, hazardous materials reports, services location/relocation and planning of staged decanting are commencing.
  • DFM will undertake a parallel project to provide interim accommodation for the new staff who will be coming to the campus.

Project Control Group (PCG) Update

The first meeting is scheduled for February 2019.

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