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Information for the community – Updated 13 January 2022
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Women's and Children's Hospital Upgrade Project

Mallee Ward 6

A $50 million upgrade of the Women's and Children's Hospital is underway so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care while planning continues for a new hospital.

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A $50 million upgrade of the Women's and Children's Hospital is underway so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care while planning continues for a new hospital.

The upgrades will address high priority clinical and infrastructure requirements in four key areas, enabling us to continue to deliver high quality and safe services to our patients and their families.

Click on the links below to view the plans and to find out more about these exciting upgrades:

We are aware that there may be an increase in noise and activity resulting from these exciting upgrades but we are working hard to minimise disruptions for our patients, their families, visitors and our staff.

A frequently asked questions document, with further information about the redevelopment works is available below.

If you have questions about the sustainment works, please contact the project team at

Amy's story

Over the past 5 years, the Women's and Children's Hospital has become almost a second home for Amy Purling and her two young sons, James, 5, and Jack, 22 months.

Both boys were born prematurely and spent time in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

James was born at 30 weeks and spent 5 weeks in hospital before coming home with the support of the Neonatal discharge program, which provides additional specialist support in the home.

Jack was born at 34 weeks and spent a week in the care of the nurses and midwives of the Neonatal Nurseries.

James is now a healthy 5 year old and has just started school, while Jack has required ongoing care at the WCH for a range of health concerns.

“The care we’ve received every single time has been outstanding, from the doctors, the nurses, all the staff, we can't fault them and we're forever grateful,” Amy said.

Jack's care has included several inpatient stays to help with his feeding and respiratory issues and Amy estimates the family has spent several months at the hospital on and off for the past two years.

Amy says the emotional support she has received from the staff, in particular, has been just as important as the brilliant care Jack has received.

“They take care of me as much as they look after Jack,” she said.

The Neonatal nurseries, where both James and Jack began their journey, are being upgraded as part of a $50 million investment in making sure the current WCH has modern facilities while planning is underway for a new WCH.

The new Special Care Baby Unit opened in 2020, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be open later in 2021.

Amy says the new spaces will make a huge difference for families going through tough times.

“The new SCBU is so bright and spacious and will help families feel calm in the uncertainty that can come from having a child in the nursery,” Amy said. “I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the upgrades.”