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A timeline of success at Westmead

21 November 2023
45 years of shaping Western Sydney
A step into the past, present and future celebrating milestones created by the people and researchers of Westmead and the University of Sydney.

This year we celebrate our 45th year of health collaboration with Westmead Health Precinct. The long standing partnership fosters academic innovation, healthcare excellence, and a shared commitment to advancing knowledge for the enhancement of health outcomes.

The University of Sydney has invested over $85 million into the precinct, providing new education spaces and facilities. The investment has bolstered Western Sydney's research and talent, positioning Westmead as a global leader in health.

“The Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney has had a long and vital partnership with Westmead to train many generations of health workers – who have made important contributions to their communities," said Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor Medicine and Health Professor Robyn Ward AM.

"The University is proud to have helped Westmead grow into a world class destination in health and medical research."

"We are looking forward to another 45 years of this amazing partnership and seeing all that can be achieved to improve the health outcomes for our communities." 

Explore the many milestones that our collaboration with Westmead has achieved over these past 45 years.

Westmead timeline

  • Westmead Hospital construction


    First patient

    Westmead Hospital opens its doors to its first patient in November 1978

  • 1978

    New Westmead Clinical School

    Sydney Medical School opens its Westmead Clinical School at Westmead Hospital, a vibrant research environment for innovation and growth

  • 1978

    Dental Clinical School

    The University of Sydney establishes its Dental Clinical school at Westmead Hospital.

  • Pancreatic diabetes cells


    Westmead discovery

    Findings by Westmead clinical researchers leads to safe and effective pancreas transplantations for patients with severe type 1 diabetes, allowing them to lead insulin free lives and extended survival

  • Premature baby


    Westmead Fertility Centre opens

    Providing more affordable access to parents in Western Sydney

  • smoking in pregnancy research


    Westmead discovery

    The Obstetrics and Gynaecology research team find conclusive evidence that smoking during pregnancy affects the foetus

  • 1992

    New Centre opens

    Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology opens at Westmead, which will later become Sydney ID

  • Westmead Children's hospital


    Children's Hospital opens

    The University of Sydney Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School opens at Westmead Hospital

  • Westmead Institute of Medical Research


    Westmead Millenium Institute

    We contribute investment to the new building for the Westmead Millenium Institute (now Westmead Institute of Medical Research). We sign a formal affiliation agreement with WIMR in 2011 which is renewed several times as we continue to work closely together.

  • 2007

    Memorandum of Understanding

    We sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) which leads to a longstanding relationship and a formal affiliation agreement in 2012. This affiliation was renewed for another five years in June 2023

  • 2007

    First Medical Sciences Honours cohort

    The first School of Medical Sciences Honours students begin their studies at Westmead.

  • Hepatitis C testing


    Westmead discovery

    Westmead clinical researchers develop a genetic test that personalises therapy for people with chronic Hepatitis C

  • Melanoma


    Westmead discovery

    Research into melanomas caused by the use of sunbeds by Westmead clinical researchers to the banning of sunbed use for adolescents and young adults in NSW.

  • Red blood cells


    Westmead discovery

    Findings by Westmead clinical researchers on oxygen saturation in blood increase the chance of survival of pre-term babies all over the world

  • Westmead research hub students


    Westmead Research Hub

    We join the Westmead Research Hub, sharing a vision with our partners to be a world leading health and medical research precinct, based on globally competitive research and health outcomes, which directly benefit the community.

  • Nursing students with staff


    First Master of Nursing

    Sydney Nursing School launches its first Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) at Westmead

  • 2016

    2016-2020 Strategy

    The University's 2016-2020 Strategy declares its involvement in Western Sydney, leading to funding commitments at Westmead

  • WECC space


    Westmead Education and Conference Centre

    We open a refurbished Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) and Westmead Hospital Library

  • Westmead Applied Research Centre


    Westmead Applied Research Centre

    The University of Sydney establishes the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC)

  • 2018

    Historic Partnership agreement

    The University of Sydney, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) sign a Historic Partnership agreement

  • corona virus


    Westmead discovery

    Clinical Microbiology and Genomics team integrates genomic surveillance of COVID-19 into public health response which helps manage the pandemic through tracking COVID-19 importations and local transmission events

  • Westmead Hospital Block K


    Westmead Hospital Block K

    University of Sydney opens dedicated teaching spaces in the new Westmead Hospital Block K.

  • 2021

    Sydney ID

    The Marie Bashir Institute relaunches as a Flagship Research Centre and is renamed the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases (Sydney ID)

  • Two Professors working


    HIRAID™ Nursing Framework

    Westmead researchers develop the HIRAID™ Nursing Framework to improve the safety and quality of emergency nursing care

  • lady using scientific microscope


    Reproductive and Perinatal Centre

    We formally launch the Reproductive and Perinatal Centre as a leading research centre in the field of reproduction, endocrinology and fertility, and obstetrics and maternal foetal medicine.

  • Dilly Bag


    The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health opens in Westmead
  • simulation dummies


    Westmead Innovation Centre

    The Westmead Innovation Centre's new simulation clinic opens on Level 6, combining emerging technologies and simulated clinical environments to enhance the way we teach and how students learn

  • 2023-2032

    2032 Strategy

    The University of Sydney's Strategy 2032 is committed to provide new opportunities for students in Western Sydney

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