176 Furlong Street,
The $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital, on the Sunshine Hospital site, opened in May 2019 to meet the demand for world-class maternity and paediatric services in Melbourne’s west.
Named after Victoria’s first female premier, the new hospital allows more women to give birth locally. It gives families better access to vital children’s services – closer to home.
The hospital has nine floors and during construction, enough concrete was used to fill nearly four Olympic size swimming pools. It has 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.
The hospital also has the western suburbs’ first ever neonatal intensive care unit to care for the most critically ill babies.
The Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital project aimed to achieve the following benefits:
More people can receive care
This project consolidated inpatient and outpatient women’s and children’s services at Western Health. This allows more women in Melbourne’s west to give birth closer to home and provides better access to vital children’s services.
With a total of 237 beds in new and refurbished areas, the project delivered an increase of maternity and paediatric beds. The development also freed up existing beds and facilities at Sunshine Hospital, increasing capacity for other patients.
Located on the Sunshine Hospital site between the hydrotherapy pool and the radiotherapy centre, the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is easy to access with clear visibility from both the Western Ring Road and Furlong Road.
Meeting future demand
At nine floors, Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is the tallest building on the Sunshine Hospital site. It was designed to be flexible to ensure it can easily be adapted to meet future healthcare needs. This gives Western Health the room they need to grow and meet future demand.
More local jobs
The new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital created more than 400 new jobs, including:
150 jobs in nursing and midwifery
many new positions for medical staff, patient services assistants, pharmacists, imaging technicians and allied health
health support roles such as environmental services, maintenance, and security.
During construction, the project also created up to 600 jobs in Melbourne’s rapidly growing western region.