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Susan Wakil Health Building

Facts & figures

  • 21,500 m² total building area
  • 8 levels
  • 25 bookable student study areas
  • 11 simulation rooms
  • 4 lecture theatres
  • 3 levels of library facilities
  • 12 seminar rooms
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Susan Wakil Health Building

World class facilities for medical and health education
Opening in 2021, the new Susan Wakil Health Building is a purpose-built facility for medicine and health disciplines.

This state-of-the-art new building will bring together multiple health disciplines to work out of the same precinct. Working alongside each other in this new facility will create unique inter-professional learning programs and multi-disciplinary research opportunities. It will place our students and staff at the forefront of health innovation, learning and policy.

This building has been designed to be a place of innovation, learning and socialisation. Spread out over 8 floors with views across the city, its facilities include:

  • state-of-the-art clinical simulation teaching spaces
  • formal and informal learning and contemporary research facilities
  • a multi-service clinic serving research, teaching, industry and community outreach functions
  • activity-based workspaces including a mix of open plan workstations, quiet spaces and social spaces designed to support different ways of working
  • a 350-seat lecture theatre
  • a rehabilitation gym.

A focus on activity and movement, social equity and the utilisation of the Wingara Mura design principles have been key priorities in the building’s design, with features such as the Yooroang Garang academic space (a dedicated space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to connect and work together), gender neutral facilities and the Upper Wakil Garden (a place of respite at the heart of the building) all playing a part.

Located on our Camperdown/Darlington campus, students and researchers will be able to leverage the benefits of the proximity of our location adjacent to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and other leading medical institutions.

From 2021, all students starting in any of our degree programs will be located on our Camperdown/Darlington campus. Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney School of Health Sciences will move from the current Mallet St building and Cumberland campus respectively, along with the Central Clinical School and components of the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Facility highlights

  • Contemporary, multi-use simulation spaces such as rehabilitation and treatment rooms and learning studios designed to support the teaching of simulated clinical scenarios and problem-based learning for students.
  • Large collaborative teaching space with integrated audio-visual facilities that will allow the integration of clinical practice, practical learning and case studies for students studying in the disciplines of physiotherapy and exercise and sports science.
  • A suite of specialist medical imaging spaces will provide opportunities for clinical skill development and simulated learning environments for students studying in the discipline of Medical Imaging Science.
  • These spaces will feature state-of-the-art equipment ranging from x-ray machines, MRI machines and CT scanners, to highly sophisticated cardiac units and ultrasound machines.
  • Flexible and virtual clinical studio spaces to support practical teaching across a range of health disciplines.
  • The building also features an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) space where students studying occupational therapy will learn in an environment that can simulate a range of domestic, community or workplace scenarios
  • Multi-service speech clinic that will provide clinical services to the public and support the development of students through clinical placement.
  • There will also be a voice analysis faculty, fully equipped for simultaneous visual imaging, respiratory, laryngeal and acoustic measurement.
  • The new building will include seven research gyms and a contemporary simulation studio gym for teaching.
  • The stimulation studio gym features specialised exercise equipment, state-of-the-art cameras and force plates to support research-led teaching in the discipline of exercise and sports science
  • A purpose-built lab with a purpose-built climate chamber.  Environmental parameters can be precisely controlled in this space for exercise and sport science research and teaching.


  • A multi-level library offering a range of learning spaces, including individual study spaces, group study rooms, a computer lab and training room, and access to a high-use print collection. 
  • CreateSpace is a technology-rich engagement and collaborative learning space featuring future-focused technologies including VR, AR, 3D printers, and podcast and recording equipment with library staff there to assist.
  • Connect with library staff through an engaging program of events and training activities.

Learn more about the new Susan Wakil Health Building Library